Monday, 18 June 2012

Dum Aloo (Stuffed potatoes cooked in gravy, Main course, Vegetarian)

Dum-Aloo with cream dressing
Dum is a method of cooking in which the vessel with all ingredients is sealed and then placed on low heat without disturbing for the time duration required.  In earlier times when food was cooked on charcoal stove, Dum cooking used to be totally different as the subtle heat of charcoal stove is totally different than the heat of gas stove.  Baking in sealed vessel is the good alternative. Kashmir is famous for its scenic beauty and rich delicious food. Dum Aloo is prepared in almost whole of the Northern India with different variations but the one made in Kashmir is simply delicious and I place it in number one position. I give here my own version of Dum Aloo which my children love very much :)

Preparation Time:   20min.
Cooking Time: 60min.
Servings:  Makes six large servings.

Ingredients Required For Preparing Aloo for Dum Aloo:
  • 250gm. Potatoes (medium size)
For Stuffing:
  • 50 gm. Cottage cheese
  • 4-5 cashew nuts
  • 1 Tea spoon finely cut onion
  • 1/4 Tea spoon finely cut Green chili
  • 1/4tea spoon Amchur
  • 2Tea spoon Mozilla cheese (optional)
  • 50 gm. Corn flour
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil for frying

Ingredients Required for gravy of Dum Aloo:
  • 2 Medium size Onions
  • 4-5 Cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 cm. Piece of Ginger
  • 1 Medium size Tomato
  • 2cm. Piece of Cinnamon
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • 2 Bay leaves
Ingredients for Dum Aloo
  • 10-15 ml. Cream
  • 3-4 Teaspoon Grated Mozilla Cheese
  • Red Chili powder to taste
  • 1 Tea spoon Kashmiri Mirchi Powder
  • 10ml. Cooking oil

Directions for Preparing Dum Aloo:
  • Boil the potatoes.
  • Peel them and cut to two equal halves.
  • Scoop the center portion of the potatoes to form a cup of each half.
Boiled potato being scooped to make a cup
Cups of Boiled potato made to cup by scooping the center of potato
  • Keep each half with its pair.
  • Mash the potato pieces which have been obtained by scooping each piece of boiled potato.
  • Take cheese, onion, cashew, salt, mashed scooping of potatoes, green chili and amchur.
  • Mix all the ingredients in the bowl nicely.
Filling of Paneer, Mozilla cheese, onion, cashew and scooped potato pieces
  • In a bowl take 3-4 tea spoon of corn flour and 2-3 spoon water. Mix to make a batter.
  • Take each half of potato with a hollow in the center and fill the hollow with the cheese mixture.
One half of the boiled scooped potato being filled with the filling
Potato cups filled with the filling
  •  Apply a little corn flour paste on the outer edges of the hollow and stick the two parts together.
Two filled halves being joined with the help of corn flour paste
  •  Keep the filled potato aside to allow the two halves to stick to each other.
Two halves of stuffed Potato joined together
  • Repeat with all the halved and scooped pair of potatoes.
  • Roll the filled potatoes in corn flour to cover them with corn flour.
  • Take oil in a thick bottom wok and heat on high flame, when the oil is smoking hot lower the flame.
  • Put the potatoes one by one in the hot oil and fry to golden brown color on low flame.
Stuffed Potatoes rolled in corn flour and  being fried
  • Potatoes are ready to be added to the gravy and cooked it dum.
Stuffed and fried potatoes for Dum Aloo
 Direction for Making Gravy for Dum Aloo:
  • Peel and cut onions, garlic and grate ginger.
  • Cut Tomato.
  • Take 10 ml. cooking oil in a wok and heat it in high flame.
  • When the oil is hot then add to it bay leaves, cloves and cinnamon.
  • Let it cook for 30sec.
  • Add cut onions and cook with regular stirring till they turn golden brown.
  • Add garlic and ginger and cook for one min.
  • Add tomato and cook till tomato pieces get cooked and become soft.
  • Remove from gas and cool.
  • Grind it to make a fine paste.
  • Take a thick bottom pan with lid and take the paste of cooked spices in it.
  • Add
    • 100 ml. water
    • Mozilla cheese
    • Red chili powder
    • Kashmiri Mirchi Powder
    • Salt and mix nicely.
  • Put stuffed potatoes in the gravy and cover with the lid.
  • Seal the lid with dough of wheat flour,
  • Keep a thick tawa (iron plate) on low flame and keep the pan with gravy and potatoes on it and let it cook in dum for at least 30min.
  • Switch off the gas and let the pan be on hot tawa for another 10-15 min.
  • Break the seal carefully.
  • Open the lid and add cream.
  • Give a gentle stir.
  • Take out in a serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves/ cherry/or simply ringlets of onion.
Aloo Dum
  • Make sure that the gravy is thinner than you require when you put potatoes to be cooked in it.
  • Finally cooked gravy should never be flowing thin; it should be like cake batter.
  • The pan taken for cooking in dum should be very thick bottom else dum aloo will burn.
 Suggested Variations:
  • The gravy and fried potatoes can be taken in a glass container covered and sealed and baked at 180 C for 30 min.
  • Into the cooked dum aloo finely cut and fried cashew and almonds can be added.

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