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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Kashmiri Stuffed Dum Aloo

IMG_9901When we were in school most wedding banquets started serving what they called Kashmiri Stuffed Dum Aloo. They varied considerably in taste and I am sure that the Kashmiris have never heard about this dish being passed in their name. Nevertheless it tasted pretty good. Suddenly my husband started having a craving for this and I got multiple requests to make it. I do not really remember how it exactly tasted so many years ago, so I created a recipe that I believe should pass as a “authentic” Kashmiri Dum Aloo :)

Ingredients for Stuffing

  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 2 cups keema (Minced meat)
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Bengali garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • Salt to taste

Procedure For Stuffing

Peel the potatoes and cut them into halves. Now scoop out the flesh from each halves with the back of the spoon. Reserve the potato fleshes for later use.The potatoes will now look like cups. Dunk these potato cups in salted water for 30 minutes.


After 30 minutes drain the water and smear the potato cups with turmeric and salt. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the potato cups on medium heat till they turn golden yellow (about 3-4 minutes). Remove and drain them on a paper towel. Let them cool completely.

Heat 2 tsp. oil and fry chopped onion and garlic till they turn soft Now add minced meat followed by dry spice powders (Turmeric + Chili). Sauté for few minutes and then add scooped out potato fleshes to it. Season with salt and sugar. Mix well and cook it covered till meat is done and there is no excess moisture left. Let it cool.


Stuff each potato cups with keema mixture and keep them ready till you make the gravy.


Ingredients For Gravy

  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. dry ginger powder
  • 2 tsp. fennel powder
  • 1 tsp. powder of 2 green cardamoms + 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 4-5 tbsp. oil
  • For Tempering
    • 1 tsp. asafetida (Hing)
    • 2 black cardamom
    • 2 green cardamom
    • 3 cloves
    • 1” cinnamon stick
    • 5-6 black peppercorn

Procedure For Gravy

Heat oil in a pan and temper it with all the ingredients listed under tempering. Don’t forget to bruise them a little before you add them to oil. Sauté for a while and then add chopped onion to it. Fry till they turn translucent.

Add red chili powder and fry for a minute till the oil turns red. Now throw the tomatoes in and fry till they turn mushy. Add turmeric powder, fennel and dry ginger powder. Mix everything well on very low temperature.

Add yogurt and give the spices a nice mix. Pour about half a cup of water and season with salt and sugar. Stir well and then bring it to a boil.

Add stuffed potatoes to it keeping the open side up. Cook it covered on low heat for another minute and then turn the heat off. Sprinkle cumin and cardamom powder on top of it and serve.



Unknown said...

It looks so good

SChee said...

Okay, I know what Im cooking tomorrow:) This looks sooo tempting!