Dam aloo

Written By Reena on 18 Feb 2011 | 05:00

Dam aloo (also known as dum aloo) is a potato-based North Indian dish.  This is another recipe from my cousin Bharti and it has an intense flavour resulting from the relatively long cooking time.  Having said that you can still make it within 40 minutes and as my father-in-law would say "it's nee bother".

Serves 2

  • 8 - 10 new potatoes - peeled and halved
  • Light tasting vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon desicated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • Half a dried red chilli
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 clove
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 1 small cinnamon stick 
  • 5 uncooked cashew nuts
  • 1 medium sized onion - chopped finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 227 grams canned tomatoes - chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic - crushed
  • 5 grams ginger - peeled and grated
  • 1 green chilli - finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • A handful of chopped coriander
  • 100 millilitres water

  1. Boil the potatoes for 20 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and then shallow fry them in a little vegetable oil until crispy.
  3. Meanwhile place the peanuts, coconut, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried red chilli, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, clove, black pepper corns and cinnamon in a blender.  Blitz until you have a paste.
  4. Place 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a saucepan and heat on a low heat.
  5. Add the cashew nuts and let them fry gently until they start to change colour.
  6. Add the onions and let them cook until then turn light brown.
  7. Now add the salt and tomatoes.  Stir well and let the dish cook for 2-3 minutes on a medium heat.
  8. Turn the heat down to low and add the paste that you created in step 2.  Stir well.
  9. Add the garlic, ginger, green chilli and turmeric.  Stir well and continue to cook on a low heat for 7-8 minutes.
  10. Now add half of the coriander and let the mixture cook for a few more minutes.
  11. Add the fried potatoes to the mixture and stir well.
  12. Now add the water.  Stir again and let the mixture cook on low for 5 - 10 minutes.
  13. Taste the dish and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  14. Garnish with the remaining coriander and serve with naan or rice.


About Reena


  1. Week 5: This was a great accompaniment with the Methi Chicken. Tasty as always. Loving it, Saturday nights will never be the same.

  2. Hi Andrew. Interesting - I've never tried it with the methi chicken. I have to say that this dish is one of my favourites even though it is a bit of a faff. Thanks so much for sticking with the recipes - I'm feeling very honoured. Reena