How to Make Spicy Dum Aloo or Baby Potato Curry

Updated on August 20, 2017
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Dum Aloo or Baby Potato Curry

An Overview of Making Dum Aloo Curry

Who doesn't like potatoes? Everyone loves potatoes. Dum aloo is a popular potato curry served in Indian restaurants. It is made using baby potatoes. Now, let me share the recipe for you.

Preparing Baby potatoes for Making Dum aloo:

First, you have to wash baby potatoes. Scrape the skin off. Wash once again in water. Prick them with a fork. Immerse them in just enough salt water for 15 minutes. Par-boil them. They absorb salt. Keep aside.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil or butter in a deep-bottomed pan. Add cumin seeds. Let them crackle. Add par-boiled baby potatoes and fresh green peas (optional). Saute them in oil. Turn them, and add very little water. Cover the pan and cook on a low fire till potatoes get cooked.

How to Make the Gravy for Dum Aloo:

Take diced onions, tomatoes, coriander seeds, fried peanuts or cashew nuts, ginger, and garlic in a mixer or blender. Grind them to get a smooth paste.

Add a tea spoon oil in another pan. Pour the ground paste into the pan. Saute the mix on low fire, till oil separates from the mix. Add salt, red chili powder, and garam masala powder. Pour half a cup of water. Boil the mix for two minutes. Add some beaten yogurt or curd, a pinch of cardamom powder, and some sugar. Throw in chopped coriander leaves. Stir well. Boil the mix on low fire for a minute. Add cooked baby potatoes and green peas. Mix well. Boil the mix for 2 minutes. Turn off the fire.

Yummy dum aloo or baby potato curry is ready to serve! Eat this appetizing curry with pancakes, rotis, fried rice, or chapatis. Enjoy the taste.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients for Making Dum Aloo or Baby Potato Curry

  • 6-8 baby potatoes
  • 1/2 big cup onions, diced
  • 1 big cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tsp butter, for preparing baby potatoes
  • 1 tsp oil, for the gravy
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ginger, chopped, for the gravy
  • 1 tsp garlic, chopped, for the gravy
  • 1 tbsp peanuts, stir-fried, for the gravy
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds, for the gravy
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder, for the gravy
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder, for the gravy
  • 2 tbsp yogurt, beaten, for the gravy
  • a pinch cardamom powder, for the gravy
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped, for the gravy
  • 1/4 tsp sugar, to balance the sourness
  • salt, as per taste

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Dum Aloo or Baby Potato Curry

Preparing Baby Potatoes:

  1. Wash baby potatoes. Scrape the outer skin off. Wash once again in water. Prick them throughout with a fork and immerse in salt water. Keep aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Par-boil them in just sufficient water. They absorb some salt.
  3. Heat butter or oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Throw in cumin seeds. Let them crackle. Add par-boiled baby potatoes and fresh green peas(optional). Stir-fry on low fire for 1-2 minutes. Turn them occasionally.
  4. Pour very little water. Cover the pan and cook till baby potatoes become soft.

Making the Gravy for the Curry:

  1. Put fried peanuts or cashew nuts, chopped onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and coriander seeds into a mixer grinder. Grind them to get a smooth paste.
  2. Heat some oil in another deep-bottomed pan. Add the paste. Saute it on low fire till oil separates on the edges. The content may splutter during cooking. Hence, cover the pan for a while. When it stops, open the lid.
  3. Add red chili powder, garam masala powder, and salt. Mix well. Pour half a cup of water. Boil the mix for 2 minutes.
  4. Add beaten yogurt, a pinch of cardamom powder, and sugar. Stir once. Add chopped coriander leaves.
  5. Boil the mix for one more minute. Now add cooked baby potatoes and green peas. Boil the mix covered for two minutes. Turn off the fire.
  6. Hot and spicy dum aloo or baby potato curry is ready and inviting. Serve it hot with rotis, naan, parotas, pancakes, or fried rice. Enjoy the taste!

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Step one: Keep ready the ingredients. Shown ingredients are not as per measurement. Follow the ingredients column.Step two: The ground paste for making the gravy and baby potatoes.Dum aloo or baby potato curry
Step one: Keep ready the ingredients. Shown ingredients are not as per measurement. Follow the ingredients column.
Step one: Keep ready the ingredients. Shown ingredients are not as per measurement. Follow the ingredients column.
Step two: The ground paste for making the gravy and baby potatoes.
Step two: The ground paste for making the gravy and baby potatoes.
Dum aloo or baby potato curry
Dum aloo or baby potato curry

Nutritional Information of Dum Aloo Curry

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 164
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 33 g11%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 274 mg11%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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