Punjabi Dum Aloo [Video]

Punjabi Dum Aloo is rich, creamy yet vegan curry in which baby potatoes are simmered in a delicately spiced tomato-based gravy.

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Vegan glutenfree creamy north indian punjabi dum aloo baby potatoes masala gravy

Once in a while I indulge… in cooking and eating. Everyone deserves a reward for working hard all week. And a long weekend is the perfect time to indulge. Don’t you agree?

I never buy potatoes with any specific plan of using them. I just add them to any mix vegetable thing I’m cooking or when there are fussy eaters around. Coz which fussy eater does not like potatoes, right?

But when I saw these cute little baby potatoes in the supermarket, I wanted to buy them and make them shine. What better dish to cook with baby potatoes than Punjabi Dum Aloo.

Vegan glutenfree creamy north indian punjabi dum aloo baby potatoes masala gravy

Vegan glutenfree creamy north indian punjabi dum aloo baby potatoes masala gravy

There are different types of Dum Aloo all over India, there is a Kashmiri Dum Aloo, a UP Dum Aloo and a Bengali Dum Aloo as well apart from the Punjabi Dum Aloo. Each one has a different kind of gravy the baby potatoes are simmered in. 

I'm trying to find traditional recipes for the remaining Dum Aloo since I've never tried them. If you have one, contact ME! I would love to try out the other varieties and compare them.

Vegan glutenfree creamy north indian punjabi dum aloo baby potatoes masala gravy

I've tried to keep this indulgent Punjabi Dum Aloo as healthy as possible without losing out on the taste. Some of it's highlights:

  • It is VEGAN - Yesss! Vegan yet creamy is obtained by the addition of a silky smooth Cashew nut paste. Being a Goan, I love my Cashews in anything and everything, so why not in a Punjabi Dum Aloo. Bring it ON! A more traditional Punjabi Dum Aloo has added yogurt or thick cream. I skipped both and only increased the number of cashew nuts used. This gave me all the creamy texture without any dairy in it. Hurray!!
  • Potatoes are boiled, not fried - A lot of Punjabi Dum Aloo recipes call for deep frying of the potatoes. While everyone loves deep-fried potatoes, they are not so much in line with the whole eating healthy food movement. So I boiled them and then tossed them in a hot pan to get a slight char. Feel free to bake them as well. Give it your own twist. 
  • Quick-cooking - Dum Pukht is a form of cooking in which meat or vegetables are cooked over very low heat in sealed containers. This helps develop flavor. While this makes a major difference to meat (at least that's what I've heard), it barely does much for the potatoes in this case. Hence. I pressure cooked the potatoes and later simmered them for a while in the gravy. I can assure you, no flavor was lost in this process.

Vegan glutenfree creamy north indian punjabi dum aloo baby potatoes masala gravy

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Punjabi Dum Aloo | How to make Vegan Punjabi Dum Aloo Recipe

Vegan glutenfree creamy north indian punjabi dum aloo baby potatoes masala gravyPunjabi Dum Aloo is a curry made by simmering baby potatoes a delicately spiced vegan creamy tomato-based gravy. 

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            North Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:                Serves 3-4


250 gms baby Potatoes 
0.75 cup Onion Paste
1 cup Tomato Puree
2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
2 Black Cardamom
1 inch Cinnamon
1 Bay Leaf
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.5 tsp Garam Masala
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
20 Cashew Nuts
4 Tbsp Oil
2 Tbsp Kasuri Methi
2 Tbsp Coriander Leaves
Salt to taste

Water as required


1. Heat up 1 cup of water and soak the cashew nuts in it for half an hour. Drain and blend into a smooth paste.
2. Wash and scrub the baby potatoes and place them in a pressure cooker or a deep pan. If using large potatoes, then peel them and dice them into 1" sized pieces.
3. Add 1 tsp of salt and enough water to cover the potatoes. Boil until the potatoes are cooked through but not mushy.
4. Peel the baby potatoes if you want, else leave them on. Slice the potatoes into half if required.
5. Heat 2 Tbsp of oil in a pan and once it heats up, add the potatoes in it. Toss the potatoes until they are browned slightly and keep aside.
6. Heat the remaining oil in a pan and add the black cardamom, cinnamon and the bay leaf. Fry for approximately 1 minute.
7. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry on low heat until it is fragrant.
8. Add in the onion paste and cook on low heat for 8-10 minutes.
9. Add in the tomato paste and cook on low heat for 8-10 minutes or until oil separates.
10. Add in the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala. Mix well.
11. Add the cashew puree and fry for another 4-5 minutes.
12. Add in water and cashew paste. Add water as per the desired consistency.
13. Add in the potatoes and salt to taste. Mix well.
14. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
15. Add in kasuri methi and mix well.
16. Remove from heat and add coriander leaves.
17. Serve hot with roti or rice.

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