Kashmiri Dum Aloo Recipe – Indian Potatoes in Yogurt Sauce

Kashmiri Dum Aloo Recipe – Indian Potatoes in Yogurt Sauce: whole baby potatoes fried and added to a fingerlicking yogurt-based curry that’s slow-cooked with fragrant Indian spices. It’s a popular dish from Kashmir Valley, India. 

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Kashmiri Dum Aloo Recipe

All this week, I had been eating pretty simple and mostly healthy food/drinks but now that the weekend is almost here, I’m craving spicy, tangy or absolute fried stuff like this Kashmiri Dum Aloo  !

My mind says stick to your health 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 😉

What is a Kashmiri Dum Aloo Recipe?

Before we start dreaming about our indulgences, let’s take a moment and talk about this gorgeous Kashmiri – a region in northest India

Dum – slow cooked in a pot

Aloo – potatoes

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.

Kashmiri Dum Aloo in a platter with rice.

Kashmiri Dum Aloo Recipe

I’m not much of a ‘Potato’ fan (sorry – I know 😉 and my family was so taken aback by this news and Mr. 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.

how to make Kashmiri Dum Aloo Recipe

It’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.

What is required to Make Kashmiri Dum Aloo Recipe:

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.What is Kashmiri Dum Aloo Recipe
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 the 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 Recipe - Indian Potato in Yogurt Sauce

Kashmiri Dum Aloo Recipe - Indian Potato in Yogurt Sauce

Kashmiri Dum Aloo Recipe: whole baby potatoes fried and added to a fingerlicking yogurt-based curry that's slow-cooked with fragrant Indian spices.  Indian Potato in Yogurt Sauce

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes


  • 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.


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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345 Total Fat: 85g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 68g Cholesterol: 49mg Sodium: 200mg Carbohydrates: 50g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 11g Protein: 18g

47 Replies to "Kashmiri Dum Aloo Recipe - Indian Potatoes in Yogurt Sauce"

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    […] need many options to serve with, but here’re few of the recipes that go really well with it: Kashmiri Dum Aloo (Potatoes in Thick Yogurt Gravy) / Bengali Egg Curry in Coconut Milk / Indian Chicken […]

  • pooja@poojascookery.com May 18, 2016 (3:39 pm)

    I am commenting on this recipe during my lunch hour. Feeling hungry dear Molly.

    • Molly Kumar May 20, 2016 (5:15 am)

      Aweee, visit me and we can nosh on it together 🙂

  • Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com May 17, 2016 (7:40 am)

    Potatoes are my Achilles heel and this dish looks like I could eat it all. Looks so yummy!

    • Molly Kumar May 17, 2016 (3:50 pm)

      Hehehhehe, I know for sure, you’re gonna love this recipe then 🙂

  • Donna May 16, 2016 (4:27 pm)

    I have been craving these since they showed up on my FB feed the other day! Need to try them asap!

    • Molly Kumar May 17, 2016 (2:51 am)

      Lol, then you need to make them asap 😉

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