Indian Kashmiri dum aloo

Indian Kashmiri Dum Aloo is a mildly spiced potato curry, tomato based,cooked with spices and yoghurt.
It is not as spicy as it looks.  The curry has the Indian spices, yoghurt  and gorgeous lush red colour from tomatoes.

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Ingredients

  • 10-12          small potatoes peeled and cut in half
  • 1                 cup yoghurt(if using Greek yoghurt add 1/4 cup water)
  • 3-4              tbsp cilantro(to garnish)
  • 1/4              cup tomato paste
  • 1-2              white onion(about 1 cup finely chopped)
  • 1                 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1                 tsp chopped ginger
  • 4                 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2              tsp salt
  • 1                 tsp mild paprika or
  • 1/4              tsp cayenne
  • 1/3              cup cashews(10-12 soaked in mild and blended)
  • 1/4              cup milk

Spice Blend

  • 1                 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1                 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2              tsp cardamon seeds
  • 4-5              black pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash the potatoes.  Peel of skin and cut then in half.  Prick each potato with fork 2-3 times(this makes potatoes tender faster when frying and also help absorb flavour in the curry later)
  2. Heat a large saucepan.  Add all the spices except chili powder and roast for 30 seconds or until fragrant.  Remove in a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder and grind to a powder.
  3. Soak cashew in milk and set it aside.
  4. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a heavy bottom large saucepan.  Add potatoes and cook until crispy almost brown from all sides,
  5. Remove potatoes on a plate lined with paper towel.  Test for doneness – pierce a knife through one potato, it should sink in smooth, about 15 minutes.
  6. Add onions, garlic and ginger and saute until onions are soft.
  7. While onions cook, grind cashew to a paste with soaking milk.  In onion, mixture add ground toasted spices and cook for 1 minute.  Add Cashew paste and cook for 3-4 minutes until oil separates.
  8. Reduce heat to low, add yoghurt and mix well.  Increase the heat and continue cooking for another 5 minutes or until oil separate.
  9. Add the potatoes with 1/2 cup of water, mix well and cook for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove from the heat, garnish with cilantro and serve with naan and/or rice.

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