punjabi dum aloo recipe, how to make dum aloo punjabi recipe

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punjabi style dum aloo - creamy and delicately spiced & flavored aloo dum recipe.

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punjabi dum aloo recipe with step by step photos – this delicious punjabi style dum aloo is more restaurant like and not spicy-hot like the kashmiri dum aloo.

punjabi dum aloo

this punjabi dum aloo has a tang from tangy tomatoes and sweet hint from onions and cashews and in combination with the usual indian spices, what you get is a creamy and delicately spiced & flavored dum aloo. i have also shared restaurant style dum aloo recipe.

i have adapted this punjabi dum aloo recipe from nita mehta cook book “taste of punjab: hare bhare khetaan da khaana-vegetarian”.

now this is a step by step dum aloo recipe and this will give you an idea how frying onion paste, tomato paste and cashew paste is so important for north indian dishes. if you don’t do it properly, you won’t get the right flavors and taste in your final dish.

you can serve punjabi dum aloo gravy with rotis or naan or jeera paratha or saffron rice or masala rice or jeera rice or rumali roti.

for more delicious potato recipes on blog are

  1. aloo matar
  2. potato wedges
  3. potato curry
  4. french fries
dum aloo punjabi recipe, punjabi dum aloo recipe
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punjabi dum aloo recipe

punjabi style dum aloo - creamy and delicately spiced & flavored aloo dum recipe.

course main course
cuisine indian
prep time 20 minutes
cook time 40 minutes
total time 1 hour
servings 4
rough calories per serving 197 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 10 to 12 baby potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large tomato
  • ½ inch ginger (adrak)
  • 2 to 3 garlic (lahsun)
  • 2 tablespoon broken cashews OR 10 to 12 king sized cashews soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel powder (saunf)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice OR 1 tablespoon curd (dahi or yogurt)
  • 1 to 1.5 cups water
  • 1 or 2 tablespoon coriander leaves for garnishing (dhania patta)

how to make recipe

preparation for punjabi dum aloo

  1. rinse the baby potatoes and wipe them dry. 

  2. keep the peel on. halve or quarter them if big in size or keep them whole.

  3. shallow or deep fry in medium hot oil till they are golden browned and completely cooked.
  4. grind the soaked cashew to a smooth paste. 

  5. grind the onions, ginger and garlic to a smooth paste. also blend the tomatoes to a smooth puree.

making punjabi dum aloo

  1. heat 2 to 3 tbsp oil. add the black cardamom and cinnamon. 

  2. fry till the oil becomes fragrant and then add the onion-ginger-garlic paste.

  3. on a low flame fry the paste till it becomes golden brown and the oil separates. 

  4. this takes about 9-10 minutes.

  5. add the tomato puree to the browned paste and stir.
  6. after 3-4 minutes, add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, fennel powder one by one.
  7. stir again and fry till the oil separates. takes about 10-12 minutes.
  8. now add the cashew paste and yogurt (if you are going to use yogurt, at this stage).
  9. again fry the masala paste till the oil separates. this takes about 3-5 minutes.
  10. now add approx 1 to 1.5 cups of water. bring the gravy to a boil.
  11. add fried potatoes and simmer for some 4-5 minutes till the dum aloo gravy thickens.

  12. lastly add lemon juice (if you are going to use this, at this stage). add salt. mix well.

  13. garnish dum aloo with some chopped coriander leaves. 

  14. serve punjabi dum aloo hot with rotis or steamed basmati rice.

recipe notes

  1. as a substitute for yogurt (curd or dahi), i have used lemon juice. however, the dum aloo gravy would equally taste good with dairy yogurt or a vegan yogurt. in the recipe details, i have mentioned at which step the yogurt needs to be added.
  2. in this recipe either use yogurt or lemon juice. don't add both.

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how to make punjabi dum aloo

1: the baby potatoes are rinsed, wiped dry, halved and shallow fried in oil till they get cooked completely.

dum aloo recipe

2: in hot oil, black cardamom and cinnamon are added and fried till the oil becomes fragrant. then add the onion-ginger-garlic paste.

onion ginger garlic paste for dum aloo recipe

3: now brown this paste. the paste has to be browned before you proceed to the next step. this is an important part. if the onion paste is not browned well, the curry won’t taste good.

punjabi dum aloo recipe

4: add the tomato puree and stir.

punjabi dum aloo recipe

5: after 3-4 minutes, add the spice powders.

add spices to make dum aloo recipe

6: fry this whole masala paste till the oil starts to leave the sides. another important step.

making dum aloo recipe

7: now add the cashew paste.

adding cashew paste to make punjabi dum aloo recipe

8: stir and fry again till the oil leaves the sides of the masala paste. can you see the oil bubbles at the sides…

frying the punjabi dum aloo recipe

9: add water and stir.

adding water to dum aloo recipe

10: bring the whole curry to a boil.

dum aloo recipe

11: add the shallow fried baby potatoes.

punjabi dum aloo recipe

12: simmer till the dum aloo gravy thickens a bit and lastly add lemon juice and salt. mix well.

making punjabi dum aloo recipe

serve punjabi dum aloo with rotis or naan or tandoori rotis or jeera rice or ghee rice. the dum aloo also taste great with steamed basmati rice.

punjabi dum aloo recipe, dum aloo recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Really tasty….. My family enjoyed…. Thanks

    • Welcome Hemal

  2. Thanx for the recipe. It came out very well.

    • welcome vishnu. glad to know.