Kashmiri Dum Aloo

Whole baby potatoes cooked in mild yogurt and tomato base curry, perfect for a delicious Indian meatless dinner with rice or naan!

Indian Kashmiri Dum Aloo, a mild spiced whole potatoes (aloo) curry cooked lite spices, and healthy yogurt and tomato base. 

This will be the best tasting, authentic and tender whole potato curry you will ever enjoy! With this post, I'm  unfolding few of my favorite hacks to make tender and delicious dum aloo curry, every time!

Oh, and it is not as spicy as it looks. This curry has lite Indian spices, cooling yogurt base, and gorgeous lush red (deceiving) color from tomatoes. In my family, this potato curry is delicious dinner of choice any season of the year.

I often hesitate from cooking whole potatoes for any Indian recipe which is why there is not many potato, I mean Indian potato recipes on blog. Why so?

Well, two reasons: 

1. I don't want to painstakingly work on making whole potato tender when I can cut'em and reduce cooking time.

2. Also, I don't like whole potatoes recipes which leave potatoes flavorless in the middle. You know!? that dead potato center that has no flavor?! It is not for me.

And du...

Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time:
Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 4 Servings Serves: 4
Notes: No. of servings depends on serving size.


    Dum Aloo

  • 10-12 Potatoes (small potatoes, peeled and big one halved)
  • 1 Cup Yogurt (at room temprature, if using thick yogurt, mix in 3 tbsp water.)
  • 3-4 tbsp Cilantro (coriander leaves for garnish)
  • 1/4 Cup Tomato Puree
  • 1-2 White Onion (about 1 cup when small chopped)
  • 2-3 Garlic (cloves, about 1 tablespoon when minced)
  • 1 inch Ginger (fresh root, about 1 teaspoon when minced)
  • 4 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder (Indian degi mirch, or mild paprika, or 1/2 tsp cayenne, adjust per taste)
  • 1/3 Cup Cashew (10-12, soaked in milk and grinded)
  • 1/4 Cup Milk (to soak cashews)
  • Spice Blend

  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom (seeds, or 2-3 whole green cardamom pods)
  • 4-5 Black Pepper (whole peppercorns, or 1/4 tsp black pepper powder)


  • 1. Wash the potatoes. Peel off skin and cut big potatoes in half. Prick each potato with fork 2-3 times. (this makes potatoes tender faster when frying and also help absorb flavor in curry sauce later)
    Additional Notes:
    Or to save time, cut all in halves and big ones in quarters.
  • 2. Heat a dry pan. Add all the spices except chili powder and toast for 30 second or until fragrant. Remove in mortar pestle or spice grinder and grind to a powder. (or skip this step and use powder of all.) Also, soak cashews in milk and set aside.
  • 3. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a heavy bottom (prefer non-stick) sauce pan. Add potatoes and cook until crispy almost brown from all sides.
  • 4. Remove potatoes on a plate lined with paper towel.
    Additional Notes:
    Test for done-ness - pierce knife through one potato it should sink in smooth. (I mean to say - potatoes should be knife tender). It took me 15 minutes to get'em knife tender in shallow oil.
  • 5. Discard half of the oil from pan. In remaining half, add onion, garlic and ginger and saute until onions are soft. Add chili powder and mix in well.
  • 6. While onions cook, grind cashews to a paste with soaking milk. In onion mixture add ground toasted spices and cook for 1 minute. Then add cashew paste and tomato puree and cook for 2-3 minutes until oil separates.
  • 7. Now, reduce heat to lowest, then add yogurt, few tbsp at a time and mix after each addition until all yogurt is in. Increase the heat and continue cook for another 5 minutes or until oil shows on top. Now add fried potatoes with 1/2 cup water, mix well and cook covered for 5 minutes.
  • 8. Remove from heat, garnish with cilantro and serve with rice or naan. Recipes for naan and rice in suggestion sections above.

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I will be trying this today and posting it on my instagram blog for my take on indian food. This is a very detailed blog with step by step instructions, background and even new information I learnt about cool and hot spices. I will be coming back for more inspiration. I have made dum aaloo once when I was around 13 yrs old. This woukd be the second time making these. Plus I am thibking of baking them instead. Let's see how they turn out. Thanks so much!
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