Dum alu

This recipe is on my to-be-posted list for a long time now. Somehow I forgot to post it every time. Today when I was preparing food for my husband’s lunchbox, I was totally lost. There were very few things in my refrigerator and I didn’t want to make some very difficult dish to go with chapathi. Then I saw a bag of baby potatoes lying around. So I prepared this dish.

I am not a big fan of curd/yogurt based curries. But this dish is one of my all time favorite. You might find a recipe for this dish in almost all recipe sites and food blogs. But there are few people who don’t know this recipe.

10-12 baby potatoes
1 cup yogurt/curd
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 bay leaf
1 cardamom
1 tea spn besan(gram flour) (optional)
2 cloves
1/2 tea spn chili powder
1/2 tea spn cumin powder
1/2 tea spn garam masala
1/2 tea spn ginger-garlic paste

Increase the amount of yogurt/curd if more gravy is required.

Peel the skin of potatoes and prick them with a fork. Heat 1 tea spn oil and fry them with salt till they get a slight brownish color. Take them out.

Heat remaining oil and add bay leaf, cloves and cardamom. Add onion and ginger garlic paste. Fry till onions turn slightly brownish. Mix yogurt/curd with besan, chili powder, cumin powder and garam masala. Add this to onion mixture, add potatoes and salt(if desired). Cook till the potatoes are done.
Serve hot with chapathi.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 20mins

PS: Slightly open the skin of cardamom while adding it to oil, otherwise it might pop up and cause burn.
Besan(gram flour) is added to yogurt to avoid breaking/curdling of while cooking. Gram flour absobs water from yogurt and stops breaking/curdling.

23 Comments for “Dum alu”

Aruna Pai


Wow ….This is one of my favorites. My mom used to make this well. Unfortunately havent pur baby potatoes for quite some time. The way i prepare is slightly different. Must try this way too.



fyi – yogurt is not listed in the ingredient list. You must have missed it. Don’t bother publishing this comment. Love your website, look at it everyday.



Would you please give the amount of the curd/yoghurt in the recipe – I think you have forgotten to mention it in the ingredients section.


Love your recipe for Dum Aloo….I also make it the same way, but I don’t pan fry it, I just boil it first in halves and than scoop them from the middle for the paneer and dry fruit stuffing…

Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe…I am here for the first time and will come again for more.

Thanks once again.


Deepa Prabhu


Hey this looks like a quick recipe if one is confused what side dish to make with chapatis,I like it ,will try this versio of dum aloo soon.


Hi Shilpa,
I made ur dum alu tonite and it came out great, I cud not believe such a simple recipe cud taste so good. My recipe is very long & complicated. Hubby loved it too.
I just started a blog and will post the pics sometime. You hv one of the best sites, just love ur site. Keep up the great work!

have a great wknd!



dear shilpa,
I am your big fan. I like your recipes more than anyone else.
I tried some of your recipes and those turned out good too.
But some how I am not getting this simple recipe of “Dum alu”. I prepared it. But it turned out very sour because of the curd. I did not use much curd also. i used just half cup curd. Still it did not taste good. Since v love baby potatoes,i want to learn this recipe. Pls help me.



Sujata, was your curd very sour? As we are not using any other souring agent, I think thats what made it sour. Please check and use curd that is not very sour.

Thanks a lot for your kind words about Aayi’s recipes. I am happy to know you liked it.


Hey Shilpa,
I am a first time visitor to your site,and I must say , I am impressed.
I was hunting for reasons why my curd/cream always splits when I put it in the curry.Any suggestions???? You can mail me.

Thanks in advance!

Shilpa: Sindhu, if you add a tea spn of besan(gram flour) with the curd, it does not split.

sudha lalitha


Hai Shilpa,
This is the first time I visited ur website While searching for the recipe dum alu.I find it to be a very quick and easy process.I’m going to try it.



hey shilpa,

I tried this recipe today. It turned very sour . I have tasted the yogurt b4 i used it for cooking, it is absolutely not sour. I saw one of da comments b4 trying out, so i first chkd the curds. Wot cud be the problem? 🙁

Shilpa: I don’t know Prachi. Sorry.



I have it the you shared the receipe but I used sour curd n my aloodum became very sour in taste.. how to correct it right now ?

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