Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Kashmiri Dum Aaloo- No Onion No Garlic

I have now kind of got used to the no onion no garlic cooking. While some dishes are being missed, the craving is slowly getting milder with each passing day. In fact, to think of it, it's not that bad a deal either. I am getting to try some new and interesting recipes and also making my elders happy by serving them good food. Blessings are always the most essential element for a happy and peaceful life and am glad I am getting ample of it through my food.

20-25 baby potatoes 
3 tbsp beaten yogurt
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin seeds (use shahjeera if available)
1 tbsp fennel seeds, roasted and ground to a fine powder
1 tbsp dry ginger powder (can use regular ginger paste in the absence of this)
1/4 tsp heeng (asafoetida)
2 each of cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon
5-7 black peppercorns
1 1/2 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder
Salt to taste
1 cup hot water
1/2 tsp sugar (optional; Bongs cannot leave this ingredient out)
1 tbsp mustard oil

Wash the baby potatoes and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Remove from heat and let it cool. Now prick the potatoes with a fork and smear some salt and turmeric powder and keep aside for 10 minutes. 
Heat the oil and fry the potatoes until golden on all sides. Remove from oil and keep in the dish you are going to serve. In the same oil, splutter the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, and cumin seeds. Now add the chilli powder and heeng and stir for a sec before adding about 2-3 tbsp water. This is to ensure that the masalas don't get burnt. Now remove the pan from fire and add the beaten yogurt. Mix well before returning the pan back on flame. High  heat sometimes curdles the yogurt resulting in a weird taste. Now add the fennel powder and dry ginger powder and stir. Add the fried potatoes and mix the masalas well. Add 1 cup hot water and salt and cook on slow flame for 15-20 minutes tightly covered without releasing the steam. 
Remove the cover and add the sugar, if using. If the gravy is too watery, dry up the excess liquid till you get desired consistency. Best eaten with veg pulao or steamed rice and/or paratha/naan/poori.


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