The Top Ten plus Bengali Aloo Dum

aloo dum

The countdown to the results of my Anniversary Contest has begun. The results will be out on the 15th July. I have fabulous judges, and they are putting in so much time and effort that I am overwhelmed. It is not an easy task judging such beautiful entries. To meet them, please click here.

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Here are the Top 10 posts vying for the top prize (by reader’s votes)

Chicken in vegetables –  For marking on the dedication part, please hop onto here
If your entry has not made it to Top 10, do not fret. There is another prize up for grabs – The Critic’s choice. All the automatic entries automatically get an entry.
Congratulations to all the finalists!! Good Luck to all the participants! Please be ready with your email and Paypal information. In case you do not have Paypal, let me know. Once the winner is declared, please email me the details at Minnie@thelady8home dot com
Today I also bring you the recipe for Bengali Aloo Dum. Remember last year I posted Indian Luchi?
And left the potato part of it in ‘coming soon’. I need to really work on definition of ‘soon’. Six months! Thankfully a  dear reader alerted me to the error.
Bengali Aloo Dum
“Aloo” in most Indian languages mean ‘potatoes’. “Dum” is slow cooked. Now, because the potatoes are already boiled, the ‘dum’ part takes very little time.
If you are making Luchi, then Aloor Dum is a given. Quintessential Bengali, there are a few different versions. No matter how you make them, Bengali Aloor Dum with Luchi is a combination that beats comfort food hands down.
Aloo Dum
5.0 from 5 reviews
Bengali Aloo Dum
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Indian
  • 1 lbs baby potatoes or medium sized potatoes quatered
  • 1 small onion grated (drain the juice and reserve)
  • ½ cup tomato puree
  • ¼ cup thick yogurt
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced fine
  • ¼ tsp cmin seeds
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-1/4 tsp salt or according to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish (optional)
Roast and grind for garam masala
  • 2" cinnamon
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • ¼ tsp black pepper pods (you can also used fresh cracked pepper)
  • 3 cloves
  • Alternatively, you can also use store bought garam masala powder, though I prefer to make my own in this.
  1. Boil and peel the potatoes.
  2. Prick the potatoes with a fork to punch some holes all around for even cooking
  3. Sprinkle ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp turmeric and keep aside.
  4. Roast the spices and cool them.
  5. Heat 2 tbsp oil and fry the potatoes till golden. Drain and transfer to a plate.
  6. In the same pan, add ½ tbsp ghee.
  7. Season with bay leaf and cumin seeds
  8. Add 1 finely chopped green chilli and minced ginger
  9. Add grated onion and fry till the onion is nicely golden brown.
  10. Add half the garam masala, rest of the turmeric, sugar and red chilli powder
  11. Saute well and then add tomato puree
  12. Once the oil start leaving sides, lower the flame and add yogurt
  13. Saute well.
  14. Add potatoes. Check for salt and add more according to taste.
  15. Add 1 glass of water and bring to boil (You can add the onion water at this point)
  16. Simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  17. The gravy should look creamy.
  18. Add rest of the ghee, reserved garm masala and remaining green chili slit.
  19. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves (optional, I didn't use).
  20. Finish with rest of the gh

24 comments for “The Top Ten plus Bengali Aloo Dum

  1. July 10, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    it is perfect pair with lucchi. so tempting.
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    • July 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  2. July 10, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    didn’t know ‘dum’ is slow cooked. thanks for this wonderful recipe. someday i am going to start preparing all the recipes from your blog.

    so, 15th August is the judgement day and we will get to know who the winners are. wow!!
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    • July 10, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      OOOOPS!!! It’s not August, it’s July…thanks so much for pointing that out, just now corrected it. Have no clue what I was thinking 🙂 15th July it is. And I can’t wait to read about your experiments.

  3. Bini Basheer
    July 10, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    perfect for a yummy breakfast…yes the nabanita’s is the most dedicated post….duldi also…

    • July 10, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Your is a beautiful post too!! Thanks so much!!

      • bini basheer
        July 11, 2013 at 4:31 AM

        thanku minnie…dear

  4. CCU
    July 10, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Aloo looks good but this is over the top delicious 😀

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    • July 10, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      Thanks so much Uru!!

  5. July 11, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    woah minnie that aloo dum looks great
    i saw at sano space too this bengali dish and when she posted lucchi i recalled urs

    and hmm top ten is there including mine
    i do agree duldi was too touching
    cant wait to see who wins what
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  6. July 11, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Thanks Meena!! It is of course in Top 10 🙂 I would love to see who wins too!! Believe it or not, I am equally excited 😀

  7. July 11, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    I don’t know heaps about Indian cooking but this dish looks amazing!
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    • July 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      It’s very easy. And yumm!! Do try it.

  8. July 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I’m not at all familiar with aloo dum, Minnie, but suddenly I want to get to know it. The dish sounds and looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.
    Good luck to the Final 10!!!
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    • July 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Thank John!!! This recipe is a winner, try sometime.

  9. July 11, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Good luck to everyone! And I’d love a bowl of this for breakfast. Something delicious and spicy like this would totally wake me up 😀

    • July 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Funny that. This actually is a breakfast meal, especially during weddings 😀

  10. July 12, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Bengali dum aloo looks delicious with super inviting.All the best friends to win in the contest.Going on vacation, Minnie.
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    • July 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Have a great trip Asiya, and thanks so much – your support means a ton!!

  11. July 12, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    That reminds me that I posted a few months ago saying I would blog the recipe for individual frittatas and I still haven’t done it. Must get onto it. Your Indian potato dish looks very tasty xx
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    • September 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      Thanks Charlie!!

    September 10, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    I made it on my husband’s birthday along with phulko luchhi… and he was too delighted with this recipe. its an awesome, must try recipe… loved it..

    • September 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      This just made my day!! Thank you for your very kind comments 🙂
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  13. meenakshi
    January 14, 2014 at 4:15 AM

    its awsmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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