Thursday, March 5, 2009

Aaloor Dum

I first tasted this Aaloor Dum when I’d been to Kolkata with S about a year ago. The small roadside stalls near Esplanade serve such authentic and finger licking food. I just fell for the flavour of the masala. This dish looks very oily but it really isn’t! The liking made me try out a few variations of Aaloor Dum recipes (they didn’t vary much) just to see which one matched the one that I’d tasted in Kolkata.

My first 2 tries were not so good (flops actually). Then I decided to try out for one last time and told myself ..If this time too the Aaloor Dum doesn’t match up to my satisfaction, I should give up trying. But thank God! The dish turned out very well. S too appreciated my effort. And I’ve stuck to the recipe ever since that day. Here’s the recipe.


  • 10 boiled baby potatoes
  • 1 tsp onion paste
  • 1 small tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp hing (Asafoetida)
  • 1 tsp jeera powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp aamchur (dry mango powder)
  • 3-4 tbsp curd
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • A handfull of finely chopped coriander leaves for garnishing


  • Mix jeera powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, aamchur powder in 3-4 tbsp of curd and keep it aside (don't allow any lumps to be formed) and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add bay leaves and asafoetida (hing), add onion paste, sugar and fry till it becomes pinkish.
  • Add tomatoes and sauté till it blends well.
  • Add the masala mixture to the pan and remove the pan from the flame for a couple of minutes.
  • Stir well and again keep it on the gas stove on medium flame and saute till oil separates from the masala.
  • Add the baby potatoes and mix it well so that the masala completely binds the potatoes.
  • Add a little water and salt to taste and sauté for sometime.
  • If you want your Aaloor Dum with gravy, take it off the flame. If you prefer it with thick gravy, sauté a little longer.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or roti.

P.S: Along with Aaloor Dum I made raw banana thoran using Superchef's basic thoran recipe. It tasted nice. My thanks to Manju (Superchef):))

Click on the link for the recipe.


Asha said...

Love it Suparna, I made a Aloo Dum too last week. I didn't know they sell this as a street food, how nice.I cam imagine the taste, slurp!Your thali looks mouthwatering! :))

Suparna said...

Hi Asha,

Thanks!That was very quick :) naanu innu post edit madtidde:)

Cham said...

Like aloo dum, But make it rarely because I am the only one who ended up eating all the curry!
Delicious one

Superchef said...

heyy Suparna, thanks for trying out my recipe, glad you liked it :) :)

n that aloo dum looks lipsmackingly delicious!! yummy..

Smitha said...

Hey suparna,
You and me are not alike. If I have 2 flops, I never go back to that dish and that dish will be in my "hate-list". You seem to be a go-getter:) Great quality.
This prep is new to me. Should try it out some time.

Sathya Sankar said...

aloo dum looks delicious !

Trupti said...

Suparna, aloo dum looks very delicious..yummy

Vani said...

I love dum aloo but have never tried to make it at home. Looks delicious!

Ashwini said...

Love aloo of any kind..Tumba Chanagide Dish..Yummy agi kanisuthide..

Suparna said...

Cham- The same thing happens at my place when capsicum curry is made..I love it, S just hates it ;)

Smitha - Thanks for the compli:)
Try the aloor dum u'll love it.

Manju,Sathya,Trupti, Vani, Ashwini thanks lovely ladies :) for the visit and support :) God bless.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow finger licking deslih food. Iam hungry....Aaloor dum looks spicy and yum...

Suparna said...

Hi Lubna, thanks for the visit :)

Neha said...

i also love aloo dum, urs looks nice. Myself also made a few days ago only n posted in my blog..