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Who doesn't like potatoes? Dum aloo is a popular potato curry served in Indian restaurants. It is made using baby potatoes.
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Serves four people
- 6-8 baby potatoes
- 1/2 cup onions, diced
- 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
- 2 teaspoons butter, for preparing baby potatoes
- 1 teaspoon oil, for the gravy
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon ginger, chopped, for the gravy
- 1 teaspoon garlic, chopped, for the gravy
- 1 tablespoon peanuts, stir-fried, for the gravy
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds, for the gravy
- 3/4 teaspoon red chili powder, for the gravy
- 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder, for the gravy
- 2 tablespoons yogurt, beaten, for the gravy
- Pinch of cardamom powder, for the gravy
- 2 tablespoons coriander leaves, finely chopped, for the gravy
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar, to balance the sourness
- salt, as per taste
Preparing Baby Potatoes:
- Wash baby potatoes. Scrape the outer skin off. Wash once again in water. Prick them throughout with a fork and immerse in saltwater. Keep aside for 15 minutes.
- Par-boil them in just sufficient water. They absorb some salt.
- 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.
- Pour very little water. Cover the pan and cook till baby potatoes become soft.
Making the Gravy for the Curry:
- 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.
- 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.
- Add red chili powder, garam masala powder, and salt. Mix well. Pour half a cup of water. Boil the mix for 2 minutes.
- Add beaten yogurt, a pinch of cardamom powder, and sugar. Stir once. Add chopped coriander leaves.
- 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.
- Your hot and spicy dum aloo or baby potato curry is ready. Serve it hot with rotis, naan, parotas, pancakes, or fried rice. Enjoy!