Monday, May 4, 2009

Simple Dum Aloo

Dum Aloo is one of the rich dish . Potatoes are cooked in gravy with dum means covered with layer of dough. The heat does stay inside the pan since the dough is covered between the pan and the covered plate. But I have prepared it with an easy step by cooking aloo in a pressure cooker.
I have used baby potatoes, handful of cashews. curd, tomatoes and some spice which is already at home.

Dum Aloo is a side dish and it can be eaten with roti, chapati, poori, dosa or idli and all type of Naan.
It goes well with simple friend rice, peas rice etc.
Lets see the recipe now
Ingredients :
Small Potatoes : 8 to 10
Curd : 1/4 cup
Garam Masala : 1/2 Teaspoon
Green chilly : 1
Cashew Nuts : 2 to 4
Coriander Leaves : 6 to 8 sticks
Tomato : 2 ( Medium sized )
Jeera Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ginger : a small piece
Salt : to taste
Water : 1 Cup
Oil : 1 Table spoon
Butter : 1 Tablespoon

Method :
1.Boil potatoes in a pressure cooker for 5 to 6 minutes ( with weight ) and remove the skin when it is cool and keep aside. Just poke/prick with a knife edge around the potato carefully.
2. Wash tomatoes, green chilly,jeera powder, ginger, coriander leaves and garam masala powder. Grind it with little water and remove from the mixi jar.
Remove from the mixi jar to a bowl.
3. Grind cashews separately and keep it aside.

4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put oil, Put 1/2 Teaspoon of jeera and let it turn brown.
5. Add ground tomato mixture and let it boil for 1 to 2 minutes. Add  little jeera powder and salts and mix it well.

6. Add boiled and pricked potatoes to the mixture. Add salt and little water.
7. Add ground cashews and mix it well.

8. Add  2 tablespoons of curd (just beat it with a spoon just before adding to the curry.
9. Cover the lid and cook on low flame for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the cover and add butter. Mix it well and put the curry to a serving bowl.

10. Simple Dum Aloo is ready to serve.

Note :
You can use the normal potatoes instead of small potatoes. Boil the potato and cut it according to your wish and fry. Even you can fry potatoes instead of boiling . ( Taste excellent when you fry potatoes. Not only it takes some oil and it is not good for the body.). Adding more spice taste spicy and good. Eating too much of spice is not god for health. Adding more butter is optional.
Total Time : 30  minutes
Serves : 2 to 3.

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