Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Mughlai Dum Aloo…… on a foggy day

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Hi.
We have been facing dense fog and chilly winter these days. Have a look at this pic which I managed to click around 10 AM ..
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Mornings are gloomy with the sunshine missing. With kids back to school and S too busy again I needed something interesting to eat to cheer myself…I had picked up baby potatoes this weekend. I had been wanting to make my kind of Dum Aloo since long. The last time when I had indulged with these baby potatoes and wanted to make the Dum Aloo I could not, as I wanted to make it with an ingredient that was missing in my pantry that time and I insist using it for my Mughlai version..so had landed making tangy baby potatoes  which were equally tasty.
So this time I ensured that I had that ingredient in my pantry well stocked before I could make this. Do not laugh friends it’s a very simple ingredient but makes the curry rich (not fattening) and enhances the creamy texture…. Magaz or the water melon seeds. The curry when completed was well spiced and  creamy.
I had not made this curry in the true DUM fashion…those who want to try this in DUM way can read my post Dum Arvi… instead I opted cooking on slow fire, this surely ensured that the potatoes imbibe all the flavours.
I would have personally loved to have this preparation with Tandoori roti…..I feel Dum preparations taste best with it…nevertheless I had it with Roti and some rice.
Do try this curry…surely a finger licking one…
Ingredients
300 gm baby potatoes
3 onions chopped
3 tomatoes
3 tbsp watermelon seeds (magaz)
1-1/2 tbsp poppy seeds
an inch piece of ginger
2-3 garlic pods (optional)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
2 tsp coriander pwd
a large pinch garam masala
1-1/2 tsp chili pwd
salt to taste
oil for cooking about 2-1/2 tbsp

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Method
Par boil potatoes with some salt and turmeric, later drain the water and wash with some cold water. One can also deep fry the potatoes, choice is…..
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Soak the poppy and magaz in water for about 30 mins and grind them to make a paste.
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In a pan take chopped onions and saute til they turn dark brown in colour. Now add half a spoon of oil and saute further. Alternatively if one wants to indulge in higher calories can deep fry the onions till nicely brown. Cool it and grind it with a little water to a fine paste.
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Wash the tomatoes and ginger. In a pan boil together the tomatoes, ginger and garlic. Remove them from the water and grind them together. Do not discard the water, it can be used later in the curry.
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Heat oil and put cumin seeds and let them splutter. Now add the onion paste and saute.
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Add the tomato paste and mix thoroughly. All the pastes do not need much cooking being precooked.
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Now add the spices…turmeric, chili, coriander, cumin, garam masala and some salt, mix and cook for a minute.
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Add the magaz-poppy paste. Mix and cook till oil separates.
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Add the potatoes and mix it in the masala. Now add the water (use the one in which
 tomatoes were boiled)  and bring the curry to a boil. Cover and cook and low flame for
 20-25 mins.
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Once done garnish it some fresh cream (optional), which I had … serve it with hot phulkas and rice.
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It is a rich curry to be enjoyed  and the added bonus is …it’s minus the calories.
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70 comments:

shanthi said...

This is absolutely delicious and perfect. Love to have it.

Kanchan said...

Oh .. totally foggy day ! And perfect dish to prepare :)

I had tried the dum aloo once with cashew curry it was too heavy, this seems fine !

Sanjana said...

Pari, this looks amazing! I love mughalai inspired dishes and dum aloo is one of my favourites! Thanks for sharing!

Rujuta said...

Hi Pari........Lovely recipe and lovely click.....hows the weather now?

Pari said...

Thanks Shanthi for that quick comment, glad u liked it.
Kanchan I did not find my curry heavy, magaz surely keeps it light and plus I ensure that I use minimum oil for cooking.
Sanjana, i am so happy that u liked the recipe.
Rujuta we are still facing dense fog, the worst was yesterday.

Nandini said...

Cool step by step photos! Looks inviting! Love the gravy color.
Yeah, sure try the muffins. Kids will love the muffins. I will try the dum aloo later.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Wow, awesome preparation. Loved every bit of ur step by step procedure. Clicks are too good and made me drool :):)

Chitchat

Jagruti said...

Hey Pari
Delicious and royal dum aloo...my family loves it..step by step pics looks miuthwatering..:)) perfact for weather..

Shama Nagarajan said...

mouthwatering recipes

Nithu Bala said...

Wow! what a great dish..liked your pictures..Thanks a lot for sharing

Priya said...

Woow Pari, wat a tempting and lovely gravy...just love anything with potatoes, i have prepared dum aloo quite long back, u r tempting me to try out this mughlai version..Will try out soon..

Rachana Kothari said...

Wow!!! I feel like having it right away, it looks so delicious...I love your step by step photos!

Preeti Kashyap said...

Wow!!! this is one dish I have not tried at home. Looks lovely and appetizing Pari! Temperatures here are at -19 c at 11 am in the morning. Hate driving to work in ice and snow!I agree, winters can get to you sometime!

Vrinda said...

dum alu looks super tempting...beautiful shot...

Jaya Wagle said...

That does look yummy Pari. I have never made a curry with magaz, not even sure if we get it out here, but I like the addition of poppy seeds. I am surely going to try it next time.

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

What a perfect dish for the foggy morning Pari..yummy:)

SE said...

wow...looks very delicious...very nice step by step with pictures !!!

Sarah Naveen said...

nice clicks ....curry looks super delicious..

Pari said...

Dear Preeti I can surely imagine how it must be driving to office regularly in this winter. If I am given a choice I would love to sit inside my comforter and order out the food. LOL. Do try this it was simply superb and make ur Naan also with that, will taste to good.
Jagruti, i am glad u find the curry royal enough..
Jaya if u can not get magaz try blanched almonds, I am sure they will taste equally well.
Priya, I am always amazed at the speed of ur posts, I am sure u will make this soon.
Thanks SE, balakrishna saraswathy...

sowmya.s said...

lovely pictures...looks yumm

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

One fantastic dish, looks so delicious and cream, not a foggy day put perfect for any day.

Khaugiri said...

Dum Aloo is looking yummmmmmmmm
Nice clicks too!!!
Such a dense fog in the morning yaar.....

Tina said...

Curry looks superb and delicious...Perfect for this climate....Tempting clicks too dear...

Ambika said...

That looks absolutely rich and delicious!!

Nithya said...

This is absolutely delicious and perfect for the climate.. looks way tempting :) Nice clicks.

Deepti said...

Hey yesterday I was thinking bout kashmiri dum aloo n today I saw ur post...luking perfect for a party.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Looks fantastic......

Latha said...

Awesome curry....so creamy. Lovely clicks.

Mriganayani said...

This looks stunning! Beautiful!

Parita said...

Dum Aloo looks fantastic, i love your kadai :)

priya said...

looks so perfectly made..yummy!

Siddhi S said...

hey pari this muglai dum alu luk so rich , creamy n flavourful...nice clicks..Hey i hv some awards for u in my blog, plz chk thm whn u gt tym

Deepa G Joshi said...

aah Pari..kay bhaji ahe..masta..snaps varun itki chaan distey ter khayla ter majach yet asel..I wish could come to your house and taste it garma garam :)

sangeeta said...

thanks Pari for your sweet words at this point of time, it meant a lot !!
the yummy alu dum refreshes me here..

Swathi said...

Pari,

Mughali Dum aloo looks really good. Good for party dinner

n33ma said...

Beautiful color!

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

Superb!! loved use of magaz! such a rich looking dish!

Darius T. Williams said...

Never had this - but it looks so much like soul food...I bet I'd love it!

Anu said...

This looks amazing... Cool step by step photo... Looks yummy...

Mangala Bhat said...

kooks very tasty!

Gita said...

Great post overall dear...the dish looks simply gorgeous and rich...I have never tried cooking with melon seeds...will try it soon :)

Preety said...

looks absolutely delicious, nice addition of magaz

munchcrunchandsuch said...

I love love love it. the colour, the way baby potatoes r looking up..yum

PJ said...

Dum aloo looks so delicious, Pari! Why are not my neighbor.. you could drop in anytime carrying such yummy dishes ;) I have this recipe bookmarked, I am going to surely try it soon.

Padma said...

Nice step by step pics Pari. Dum aloo looks so creamy and rich. Beautiful picture.

Rekha shoban said...

aloo looks perfect and mouthwatering...nice combo with roti and naan!!

Cham said...

I don'y know where u live- today Bay Area was exctaly like this one!
That is delicious dish !

Pari said...

Dear Cham, I am in India and gladly we did not see fog today, the morning air was inviting me to go for a jog. Spring's arriving finally it seems..

Sangeeta, I am so so glad to read ur comment dear, and girl you need not thank me, what are friend's for? I do understand what you are going through and believe me dear both of you and your angel are in my prayers. I am glad that the aloo has refreshed you..

PJ, I also wish the same, would have loved to chat with you and share my dish. But hopefully we will meet each other some day..

Dear Parita, I had picked up this kadhai from purani dilli..I had liked it so much and it's quite heavy for it's size..good stuff.

Dear Gita, go ahead and buy melon seeds you will fall in love with them.
darius if you love indian cuisine you will surely like this.

Siddhi thanks for the awards dear.

Deepa, kevhan yetes tu, u are most invited. And I agree garama garam tastes the best.


Thank you friends for all you sweet comments.

Sushma Mallya said...

Beautiful clicks pari...using melon seeds in the gravy is really a nice idea..gravy looks rich and creamy

jeyashrisuresh said...

love this recipe.will surely taste yummy in the cold weather

Prathibha said...

I m sure this would taste great..lovely color n feel of the curry..very rich gravy dear

Kanchan said...

Hello.. do collect your award from my blog; along with that do take up the TAG with Seven interesting something of your Life. If you have already done the TAG so it with a variation !

s said...

cant take my eyes off the pic..it looks delicious.

K said...

They look so very delicious! I just want to scoop it out of the screen:) Nice step by step pics too.

Can you imagine we are surviving -16 degrees right now:( I definitely need this dish to cheer up..

mk. said...

If I knew this was so good I wud have finished the stuff at midnight. Now I need to wait till next time : -(

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Looks very creamy rich and delicious ofcourse a delight to have on a cold foggy or rainy day!!!

Malar said...

wow..mouthwatering dum aloo..

Jaya Wagle said...

Pari, I will try the almonds as you suggested.

Also, wanted to let you know, I added a link on my post about your Indori Kande Poha. Check it out. :)

Sonia said...

OMG! What a mouth-watering Dum Aloo! love the step-by-step pics. Great work Pari. :)

Katy ~ said...

Beautiful color. This sounds YUMMY!

Shri said...

I am craving now for that aloo...Gorgeous pic of the foggy morning!

Anupama said...

I can only say that you have way too much patience to make such elaborate dishes. This is great!

ruchikacooks said...

Looks so colorful and yummy pari. Im gonna try the veg version of it.

Thanks for your lovely comment for the plantain flowers. I haven't found the stems in the market yet, I guess they would show up during summer, will make it then and post it!

Pari said...

Hi kanchan, thanx for the award, 7 interesting things about me...isn't that too much. Lol
Dear Ruchika I am surely waiting for your post in banana stem, want to try my hand on that.
Thanks for saying that I have patience dear anupama, I will take it as a compliment.
Sonia I am so glad that you mouth watered looking at the pic, that means I have surely done justice to my dish and the pic. :-)

thanks Shri, Jeyashri and katy for the lovely comments. Keep visiting dearies.

DH MK, I am so sorry u missed out this preparation, hopefully u will not have to wait too long for this again. You know very well how much I love to pamper u. :-)

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice yummy one

Spice said...

I can say u r in Delhi by looking at the fog or in some near by area..am I right.....love the dish btw...

meeso said...

(((Drooooooling and staring))) I want some of that!!!

cookeaze said...

I just discovered your site. It is amazing… i wanted to go and try everything i read about.Thanks for sharing..

Kalai said...

Looks very much of home food, I loved the vessel you used, it makes the dish look more authentic & definitely tempting! Picture perfect..of course the recipe too!

Fathima said...

Dum Aloo looks absolutely delicious and rich! Thanks for visting my blog... you have a great space out here! will keep visiting...

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