“Alur dom” or Dam aloo” is a common but lovely vegetarian side dish. It goes well with roti, paratha, puri, kachori and pulao.
In fact Bengali’s one of the favourite Sunday breakfast is “luchi- alur dom”. Here “Luchi” is nothing but the plain puri.
“Luchi & alur dom” is also a traditional form of food offered to god in many of Bengali’s “puja” or celebration of idol worshiping. I still recall my grandmother used to make these in the pujas arranged in our house. The “alur dom” made by her used to be so tasty like no one could replicate.
There are various ways to prepare Alur dom across India depending upon regional preferences. Here I present more of a Bengali style of Alur Dom which is quite a daily household food, still reviving its charm over generations.
Ingredients to serve 4 :
- Baby potato – 250 gm.
- Chopped tomato – ½ piece
- Ginger paste – ½ tbspoon
- Yogurt – 2 tbspoon
- Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
- Pinch of asafoetida or hing
- Whole garam masala (Cinnamon stick – ½ inchs, Cloves – 3, Cardamom – 3)
- Bay leaf – 1
- Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
- Coriander powder – ½ teaspoon
- Pinch of turmeric powder
- Red chilli powder – ½ teaspoon
- Garam masala powder – ¼ teaspoon
- Salt & sugar to taste
- Cooking oil
- Coriander leaves for garnishing (optional)
Wash and boil the potatoes without removing their skins. After boiling let the potatoes cool at room temperature and then remove their skin.
Now prick the potatoes with a fork, coat them with salt and turmeric powder and lightly fry them in oil.
Now heat 1 – 2 tbspoon of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add asafoetida, whole garam masala, bay leaf and cumin seeds into it, saute them till you get the nice aroma of the species.
Then add the chopped tomato and ginger paste, cook until the tomato gets softened.
Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin & coriander powder. Cook the dry spices till their raw flavour goes away.
Now add the yogurt and give it a good stir.
Then add the fried potatoes and mix well with the spice mixture. Cook for few minutes till oil comes out from the mixture.
Then add warm water to make the gravy according to your preference. There is no need to add plenty of water as the potatoes are already boiled. Put the lead of the pan and let it cook until the gravy thickens and the flavour of the spices are well incorporated into the potatoes.
Now add garam masala powder and mix it very well.
Put the gas off and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. This is completely optional. If you don’t want the flavour of coriander leaves into your “alur dom”, then don’t add it.
Serve it with roti, paratha, puri or pulao.
- Keep a watchful eye while boiling the potato. Don’t make it too soft otherwise it will break while cooking in the gravy and you will finish with a mushy potato curry.
- We make “alur dom” sometimes with a thick gravy or otherwise dry. So thicken your gravy as per your desire.
- You can use normal potatoes instead of baby potatoes, just cut them into medium size pieces.
- You can add cashew nut paste while adding all the dry spices to make your gravy more rich and tasty.