Shahi Dum Aloo Recipe


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Dum Aloo, also known as Aloo Dum Pukht, is a favored Indian Curry recipe that you often get to see on many restaurant menus, and this home-made Shahi variation is nothing less! Who doesn't like potatoes? especially when they are baby potatoes simmered in creamy & aromatic gravy made with almonds and cashews and flavored with traditional Indian spices! What makes this recipe different and special is the choice of onions, yogurt, tamarind, almonds and cashews as a base for the gravy. With aromatic spices like cardamom, fennel, ginger, and addition of some milk and cream to add a richness to the recipe, the resulting Shahi Dum Aloo was a wonderful treat for our family. B actually liked it better than the Malai Koftas, which means I actually scored a victory with this make-as-you-go recipe venture!

Ingredients
8-10 baby potatoes
3 tbsp tomato puree
1 mid-size onion
4 tbsp yogurt (plain, not sour)
2 tsp tamarind paste
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
3 tbsps almond-cashewnut paste
** soak the nuts in water, then remove skin and blend to a paste
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp dhania powder (dry coriander powder)
1/2 tsp kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
2 tsp garam masala powder
1/4 tsp fennel powder (saunf)
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp dry ginger powder
1 bay leaf
2 cloves
salt and lemon juice - to taste
2 tbsp oil
3 tbsp fresh cream
fresh coriander - chopped for garnish

Method
Skin the onions and blanch them in hot water for 3 mins, then puree them to form a paste. Make a paste from the blanched almonds and cashews and keep aside.

Take 2 tbsp yogurt, add the tamarind paste, fennel powder, red-chilli powder, ginger powder, cardamom powder and sugar to it, and beat it well to form a smooth blend. Keep aside.

Boil the potatoes in a microwave or a pressure-cooker, taking care not to over-cook them. Just microwave till tender, but not mashable. Take a toothpick, and poke some holes into the baby potatoes, then keep aside.

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan, add the bay leaf and the cloves, then add the onion paste and saute till light-brown. Add ginger-garlic paste. Saute for 3 minutes. Add all the dry spices (masalas) and roast for anther 2 mins. Finally add the almond-cashew paste and roast for another 5 mins.

Add the tomato puree, the yogurt-tamaring blend, crushed kasuri methi, and salt. Stir and let it simmer for some time. Then cover with a lid, and let it cook on medium flame for another 10 mins, till the curry becomes think and everything blends well to form a smooth texture.

Add the baby potatoes, lower the flame, and and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add 2 tbsp milk or whipping cream, and allow the potatoes to be cooked entirely. They will also suck up some of the flavor from the curry and spices, thanks to the holes you poked them with!

Garnish with coriander leaves and fresh cream if you like. Throw some more chopped nuts and raisins on the top. Serve the delicious Shahi Dum Aloo with any bread of your choice, pulao or simply jeera rice.

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Paneer Butter Masala
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37 comments :

karuna said...

i make kashmiri dum aloo too. nice recipe.

Nags said...

TH loves this :) especially when its sweet!

Dhanggit said...

just the way you described this dish already brought me to heaven!! i could very well imagine the goodness of this dish!!

btw, for my party blog event..you are welcome to send numerous entries ..your recipes are so good !!

Jyothi said...

Hi Mansi! this is my favourite dish...looks fabulous dear...thanks for sharing.

Manggy said...

This is rich indeed! There's even nut paste, tamarind paste, and yogurt! Very flavorful :) I didn't know that there were Indian curries made with tomato puree, so this is really new for me :)

Trupti said...

dum aloo looks very delicious Mansi

Mona said...

It sounds rich and srcumptious. Will sure try it out, thnx for sharing!

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Nithu said...

I always admire your style of cooking. Your style of cooking dum aloo is so good. Definitely want to try it soon.

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks great. I especially like the addition of tamarind!

Srivalli said...

Hey Mansi..thats lovely one...are you not sending this to my Curry mela..

Mansi Desai said...

wow, its so nice to wake up to so many lovely comments and food-lovers in the morning! you guys really make my day!!:)

Sri - yes, this is definitely coming to your curry mela, don't worry:)

Manggy - there's a lot to learn about indian cooking; even we indians don't know quite a bit of it:)

Sireesha said...

dum aloo looks very delicious and awesome mansi:))

Vaidehi said...

kashmiri dum aloo looks yummy.. nice recipe Mansi !!!

dindintonight said...

I was just thinking about making this tonight. Yours looks amazing :)

Sangeeth said...

I make dum aloo in a diff way..this looks yummy too...will try it soon.

farida said...

looks delicious and sounds great too. i would love to try it one day.

namita said...

wonderful recipe Mansi! I had tried your regular Dum Aloo and my hubby had loved it; now I'm going to surprise him with this one!:) thanks a lot for sharing all these with us:)

~namita

Mansi Desai said...

Thank you ppl! as I said, this was an instant hit at my place too; while I was writing up this post yesterday and asked my hubby to choose which photo looks best, he's since been pestering me to make this again:)

I hope all of you try it, I'm sure you'll love it!:)

Nahid said...

Sounds Good. Will try it over the weekend

Kevin said...

This sounds really tasty. I like the combination of flavours and aromas.

Vani said...

Love dum aloo! And your curry looks mighty yum! Lovely photo, Mansi.

Shreya said...

awesome recipe.. love dum aloo! great variations/ improvisation here:-)

A_and_N said...

Will surely try this!

Juliet said...

That looks so good! I can't wait to try your recipe.

Jaya said...

Ah! its making me hungry , pic is so colorful and I know with all those rich ingredients this is just perfect .
hugs and smiles
jaya

mitr_bayarea said...

the gravy looks so creamy and perfect, am sure the taste would have been flawless as well.

Mallika said...

Sounds and looks every bit as delicious as the Kashmiri Dum Aloo I remember from home. The tamarind is an interesting twist!

Vishwas said...

Used to be my fav curry during my school times...

ajay said...

this recipe is not good. The recipe uses too many acidic ingredients such as tomato puree, tamarind and yogurt. This makes it quite tart. I would suggest that you should probably skip tomato puree.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

You have great flavors going in this sauce. It looks wonderful.

It would be hard to beat your malai kofta recipe though. Now I'm curious!

pb said...

this looks yum and the colour is also unusual. I would actually cook the potatoes from scratch in the gravy though. It will give them a different texture and more flavor. But this is great as a quick cooking recipe.

Dragon said...

This looks and sounds so sweet and yum!

Daily Meals said...

This looks awesome...

Pinaa said...

woow.. it looks soo tasty!

Flüge said...

Hey its a very simple recipe, and i could advise it to everybody.
Should there be more recipes like thouse one plz send me a mail ;)
I love your formular´s !
Greets, Flüge

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Prachiti Pingle said...

Amazing Recipe. I can't believe I made it .... thanks for the prefect recipe!!