Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
15 small Potatoes, boiled in salted water
1 large Onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup thick Curd (yogurt)
1 Bay Leaf
1 pinch Asafoetida
1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1 tablespoon Coriander Seeds
1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
1 pod Green Cardamom
1 small piece of Cinnamon
8-10 Cashew Nuts
1/2 tablespoon Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)
1 teaspoon Sugar (optional)
5 tablespoons Cooking Oil
2 tablespoons Coriander Leaves, chopped
Peel boiled potatoes and prick them with a fork.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan. Add boiled potatoes and shallow fry them over medium heat until they turn light brown. Drain and transfer to plate.
Grind coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cardamom pod, cinnamon, cloves and cashew nuts into a dry mix powder. Keep aside until called for use.
Take remaining 3 tablespoons oil in same kadai and heat it. Add a pinch of asafoetida and sauté for 8-10 seconds. Add bay leaves and finely chopped onion, sauté until onion turns light brown or for approx. 1-2 minutes. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for 30 seconds.
Add dry mix powder (prepared in step 3) and sauté for a minute.
Beat curd and slowly add it in kadai. Add turmeric powder and red chilli powder and mix again.
Stir continuously for 2-3 minutes or until oil starts to separate.
Add shallow fried potatoes, kasuri methi, sugar and salt, cook on low heat for 2 minutes.
Add 3/4 cup water and bring it to boil.
When it starts to boil, cook covered on low flame until you get the desired consistency of gravy. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
Garnish punjabi dum aloo with coriander leaves, serve hot.
Tips and Variations:
- Deep-fry raw potatoes instead of shallow frying boiled potatoes for a change in texture.
- Use groundnut oil for aromatic flavor.
- Make sure that curd is not sour otherwise curry will taste sour.
Taste: Nice aroma of spices with a touch of kasuri methi and curd based gravy.
Serving Ideas: Most of the Punjabi curries are main course food items and this curry is no exception. Serve it with any of butter naan, tandoori roti, lachha paratha or steamed rice for lunch or dinner.