Kashmiri Dum Aloo (Potatoes in Thick Yogurt Gravy)

Kashmiri Dum Aloo (Potatoes in Thick Yogurt Gravy) :  Fingerlicking spicy gravy loaded with fried golden potatoes and delicious in every bite. It’s a popular dish from Kashmir Valley, India. Kashmiri-Dum-AlooAll this week, I had been eating pretty simple and stuck to healthy food/drinks but now that the weekend is almost here, I’m craving spicy, tangy or absolute fried stuff #nomnomnom ! My mind says stick to your healthy plan but my heart screams FRIED…and I know some of you are definitely thinking the same way – So let’s promise, not to over-indulge and bring on the cheat day 😉
Before, we start dreaming about our indulgences, let’s take a moment and talk about this gorgeous ‘Kashmiri Dum Aloo (Potatoes in Thick Yogurt Gravy)’ – they are these small golden potatoes that are fried to a rich orange color and then smothered with this lush and gorgeous looking spicy gravy made using yogurt. They look absolutely tantalizing and that’s exactly what I’m starting my indulgent food weekend.Potato-in-gravyI’m not much of a ‘Potato’ fan (sorry – I know 😉 and my family was so taken aback by this news and D was actually shocked as he Loooooooves them! He can finish a big bowl of potato wedges in minutes and it takes me couple of days to eat them. And it was quite a surprise for everyone at home that I wanted to have Kashmiri Dum Aloo – you should have seen their perplexed faces. Now, this recipe is extremely popular in Kashmir Valley (Northern India) and is made using ‘kashmiri mirch’ (red chili from Kashmir) which are bright red in color but not that hot. They give a beautiful orangish-red color to the recipe with some hotness. Now, you need to be careful how much you add, as after all it’s a chili.Kashmiri-Dum-AlooIt’s usually made using the ‘golden/small yellow potatoes’ which are nicely cleaned (skin intact) and then fried till they are evenly crisp. Then we proceed to make a rich-spicy gravy using thick yogurt and few spices along with kashmiri mirch.
Here’s some quick work around if you don’t have certain ingredients:
1. You can use any potatoes if you don’t have access to small/golden potatoes. Just chop them into half.
2. If you don;t have kashmiri mirch/kashmiri red chilies, use any regular red chili or look for ‘Deggi Mirch’ in Indian grocery stores. 
3. If you don’t have thick yogurt, then keep the yogurt you have in a thin cloth and let the water drip away till a thick yogurt consistency is achieved.
Kashmiri Dum Aloo
‘Kashmiri Dum Aloo’ sounds little heavy duty preparation but it’s actually pretty easy to make and you’re ready with the dish in 20 minutes.
TIP 2:
Make the gravy in large quantity and freeze it for 2 weeks. Whenever you want to eat, just thaw a night before and add fried potatoes.
This tastes FABULOUS the next day (kept in fridge overnight) as by then the potatoes have nicely soaked in all the spices from the gravy. It’s mostly eaten with rice or paratha’s (flatbread) but you can enjoy it with any bread/grain of choice. I’m planning to have it with quinoa (to make my sulking mind happy)

I hope you make this recipe soon as you NEED to try it and Have a GREAT WEEKEND ~ XoXo

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Kashmiri Dum Aloo (Potatoes in Thick Yogurt Gravy)

Fingerlicking spicy gravy loaded with fried golden potatoes and delicious in every bite.

2 minPrep Time

22 minCook Time

24 minTotal Time

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12 Baby Potatoes - boiled - I'm using yellow potatoes

2 Cups Thick Yogurt

1 Tsp Ginger Powder

2 Tbsp Ghee - brown butter

1 Cup Oil - for frying the potatoes

4 Tbsp Oil - to make the curry

2 Cups Water

--- Powdered Spices ---

1 Tsp Kashmiri Mirch (Chilies) - paste or powder

1 Tsp Fennel Powder* - See Notes

5 Cloves - powdered

2 Tsp Coriander Powder

2 Tsp Garam Masala - homemade or store bought

1 Tsp Salt - use as per taste

1 Small Stick Ratanjot - optional - See Notes

1 Tbsp Fenugreek Leaves - for decoration - optional

--- Whole Spices ---

1 Cinnamon Stick

4 Green Cardamom

2 Black Cardamom


  1. Heat a cup of oil in a medium non-stick pan.
  2. Add all the boiled potatoes (as much your pan can accommodate) and fry till they are golden brown. This needs to be done on a medium flame.
  3. Remove the potatoes once fried and keep on kitchen towel to soak any excess oil. Keep Aside.
  4. Remove most of the fried oil except 4 tbsp.
  5. Heat the oil and add all the 'Whole Spices' while the heat is low.
  6. Saute the whole spices for 10 seconds, add yogurt to it and stir for 1 minute. (This needs to cook on low).
  7. Now add, red chilies, ginger powder, coriander powder, clove powder, garam masala, salt and saute everything together.
  8. Reduce the flame to minimum and cover cook for 3-4 minutes (saute every 2 minutes - prevent yogurt from curdling)
  9. Now, add the baby potatoes, water, fennel powder and cover cook for 4-5 minutes (saute every 2 minutes).
  10. After 4 minutes, remove the cover, add ghee and cook gravy for another 3 minutes. (by now the gravy would have thickened).
  11. ** If you are using 'Ratanjot' now add it for giving the gravy a red color or you can use red/orange food color'.
  12. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
  13. Decorate with crushed fenugreek leaves (optional)
  14. Serve hot with choice of side.
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Entree


1. Fennel Powder - can be made at home, just pulse few fennel seeds together.
2. Ratanjot - a tree bark from Kashmir valley, used to give red/orange food coloring but you can use red/orange food color too.


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