Spicy Dum Alu

We had a potluck once at my work back in India. This colleague. Nilesh got Dum Alu's made by his sister and they were an instant hit. I was not much into cooking those days but took the recipe. This sheet has been with me for all these years. Recently when we had a get together at a friend's house here, I thought of finally trying this out. I seem to have forgotton the taste of what I had, but this turned out good too. I made a few changes to the original based on my experience.


Total Time: 50-60 min
Serves: 4-5


8-10 baby potatoes
1 tsp Amchur / dry mango powder
1 tblsp tandoori masala
4 tblsp oil
Salt to taste
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup dhaniya/cilantro leaves, chopped for garnishing

Onion paste
2 onions, chopped into 4
2 tblsp cashew nuts
2 badi elaichii
1" ginger or 1 tsp ginger paste
5-6 garlic cloves or 1 tsp garlic paste
2-3 green chilies
1/2 cup grated coconut
2 tblsp dhaniya powder
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tblsp poppy seeds - optional
1 tsp Kasurimethi / fenugreek leaves - optional


  1. Take onion, cashews and elaichii in a microwave-safe bowl along with 1/2 cup water. Microwave for 5 min. You can also boil in a pan on gas-stove. Cool and grind with all the ingredients under Onion paste to a smooth paste.
  2. Boil baby potatoes. Peel and let it cool so that they harden a little. This is to ensure they don't break when you make holes in them. Once cooled take a toothpick and make holes in the potatoes. This is so the gravy seeps in the potatoes. If you like you can shallow fry these potatoes - I normally don't do that.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and fry the onion paste till it gives out a nice aroma. Do not hurry. Cook on medium-high heat.
  4. Add milk, water and salt. You can increase these amounts based on the consistency of the gravy you want. Simmer and let it boil for 5-6 min.
  5. Add potatoes, amchur and tandoori masala. Let it cook on slow heat for about 8-10 min.
  6. Garnish with dhaniya leaves and serve.


  • If you don't have baby potatoes, take normal potatoes and cut them into smaller sizes.


Vrinda said...

Looks so yummy..gravy looks so perfect..

Ekta said...

ThankX Vrinda!!!