Aloo Dum has always been a favourite of mine when we were little kids. The concept of whole baby potatoes was something very novel and so this was a dish that was always on the top of my favourites. Amma used to make Kutty Aloo Fry with the baby potatoes, which was also a delicacy to be had with steaming hot Bisi Bela Bath or Araithu vitta Vengaya Sambar.
During my short stint in Bangalore one of my friend`s mom made such awesome Aloo Dum. Her mother learnt it from the Nawabi cooks in Hyderabad in those days and aunty had carefully passed on her recipe to me.
The actual recipe calls for dry coconut but I did not have it ready in my pantry today. The recipe tastes just as great. Try it and you will realise that it is even better than the restaurant style Aloo Dum served with a lot of grease!!!
1 kg of Baby Potatoes.
1 Big Red Onion.
1 Big Homegrown Tomato or 2 Roma Tomatoes.
Ginger 1 inch
Garlic 3 Pods
Dry Coconut – 1 Tbsp.
Dried Kasuri Methi – 1 Tbsp.
1 tsp Garam Masala Powder.
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder.
1/2 tsp Jeera Powder.
1/2 tsp Dhania Powder.
1/4 tsp Methi Powder.
1 Tbsp Broken Cashew pieces.
Salt to taste.
3/4 – 1 cup Tamarind Water.
Cloves, Bay Leaf, Jeera etc for seasoning.
Lemon quarters and sliced onion to serve.
- Wash the baby potatoes in water and prick them on both sides with a fork. This is to enable them to cook well in the salted water. Keep the skin on.
- Cook the baby potatoes in salted water to which you can add a bay leaf and 1 or 2 cloves. Cook to one whistle only. Set aside.
- In a kadai, add oil and saute the onions well. Set aside to cool.
- In the same kadai, saute the chopped tomatoes and set aside to cool.
- In the mixer grind the following: Sauted Onions, Dry coconut, Garam Masala Powder, Garlic, Ginger, Jeera Powder, Dhania Powder, Methi Powder, Cashews.
- Make sure that they are all ground to a smooth paste nad keep aside.
- In the kadai, add 2-3 spoons of oil, jeera a clove, bay leaf and immediately the ground paste. Saute the paste in oil until most of the raw smell is gone.
- Now add the sauteed tomatoes, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, chopped cilantro and pudina and stir well.
- After a few more minutes, add the cooked baby potatoes and stir in well for a few more minutes.
- Now add the tamarind water in the kadai and keeping the flame on medium low allow to cook covered.
- The aim is to allow the aloo to get cooked in the kadai, until the oil seperates and to keep it also covered to lock in the aromas.
- When the oil seperates, switch off the flame and serve HOT with parathas or phulkas. or simple Tiranga Pulav.
- Restaurant style ALOO DUM is served with lemon and sliced onions.
This could also be made in to a dry starter entree by cutting down the tamarind water and allowing to saute until the gravy is absorbed on a slow flame. Alternately, bake it in the oven covered with foil at 400 F for 3-4 minutes. Crunchy but soft Aloo Dum Dry is ready!!!
Aloo Dum served with piping hot phulkas are packed and sent to Viki`s Kitchen for her “Side Dish for Chapathi” Event which is on until Sep 15`th 2009.