kashmiri dum aloo
Kashmiri Dum Aloo | how to make kashmiri dum aloo
Written by Jayashree
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Kashmiri Dum Aloo is one of the most preferred vegetarian curries. Baby potatoes are deep fried and cooked in a vibrant and spicy yoghurt based curry with a blend of spices and kashmiri chillies that pairs well with any Indian flat bread.


Moving towards the northern tip of India is Jammu and Kashmir, a beautiful and princely state, commonly called as J and K. It is located mostly in the Himalyan mountains and shares borders with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south.

This state consists of three regions, Jammu, the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. Jammu is the winter capital while Srinagar is the summer capital. The beautiful mountain scapes with snow,  the many historical shrines and the adventurous Leh region summarizes this beautiful state in short.

Coming to the cuisine of Jammu and Kashmir, it is different, lip smacking and mesmerising. The spices used in abundance are red chillies, dry ginger, saunf and clove. Though, majority of the people are non-vegetarians, the few vegetarians are from the Brahmin cult and they follow a strict no onion garlic diet. Thus, it is a blend of both kind of individuals, both the meat eaters and the vegetarians.

Today, this post is part of Shhhh  secret group challenge and I was paired with Archana of The Mad Scientists Kitchen. She has a wide range of tasty recipes from salads to desserts. Do check her blog.

The secret ingredients given to me were curd and cardamom and I prepared the  Kashmiri Dum Aloo. It was delicious and paired well with roti. I referred Sanjeev Kapoors book for this Kashmiri cuisine. It is an authentic dish without onion and garlic. I would like to state the fact that since we do not like very hot, I reduced the red chilly powder and red chilly.

kashmiri dum aloo

kashmiri dum aloo

kashmiri dum aloo

kashmiri dum aloo

My other potato recipes on the blog are Alu Matar Grilled Baby Potatoes     Aloo Jeera Alu Methi


Kashmiri Dum Aloo

Kashmiri Dum Aloo is a popular side dish that is spicy and vibrant in colour. Baby potatoes are fried and cooked in a spicy curd based curry. 

Course lunch ideas, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Kashmiri
Keyword curry, kashmiri dum aloo, side dish, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Jayashree


  • 250 grams baby potatoes
  • oil for frying

For the Spice mix

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 5 green cardamom

For red chilli paste

  • 6 kashmiri chilly
  • 1/2 cup hot water

For Kashmiri Dum Aloo Gravy

  • 2 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 1/4 cup curd
  • salt
  • coriander leaves


  1. Wash the potatoes, rub them well. Put fresh water and cook them for one whistle in a pressure cooker.

  2. Soak the red chilly in hot water. After some time, make a paste of it.

  3. Roast the spices in a low flame. When cool, grind them to a powder. 

  4. Peel the skin of the potatoes, fry them in oil and poke them with a fork.

  5. Whisk the curds, mix the spice mix and red chilly paste into it. 

  6. Take oil in a pan, (mustard oil preferably), once it is heated, add the turmeric powder, chilly powder, asafoetida and ginger powder. Saute it, then add the curd mix to it. Mix it well, add salt and water to it.

  7. Put the fried potatoes into it. Let cook on a low flame for ten to fifteen minutes. 

  8. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves.

kashmiri dum aloo

kashmiri dum aloo

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  1. The Girl Next Door

    The dum aloo looks so good! Love the deep red colour! 🙂

  2. Shobha

    The Kashmiri Dum Aloo look so lovely with a nice rich colour

  3. Priya Suresh

    Dum aloo with mildly spiced pulao makes a prefect pair, i love this dum aloo very much. Simply love the colour of this dish, very pretty and catchy.

  4. Sandhya

    The color of this dish beckoned me right away Jayashree! I have not made Dum Aloo in a long time and your mouthwatering photo is telling me that I have to make this right away !

  5. Paarul

    Full of flavors, dum aloo looks tempting, look at the color of the gravy just feel like making it now.

  6. Amy | The Cook Report

    This sounds so delicious, I can’t believe I’ve never tried it before, definitely adding it to my list!

  7. anna

    I would love to visit India and try it’s delicious food right at the source! Beautiful dish, perfect combination of spices and ingredients!

  8. grupmpyshoneybunch

    Wow, you had me the second I read deep fried potatoes. I am positive I would love this! It is drool worthy!

  9. Julia

    This dish is totally new to me but it looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Helen of Fuss Free Flavours

    It’s really interesting reading about the different food choices from different regions. I find it quite unusual to not add onion and garlic to this type of dish, but it looks and sounds utterly delicious. The colour is amazing.

  11. poonampagar

    Kashmiri Dum Aloo looks so good Jayashree ! The gravy looks rich and inviting with that vibrant red color.

  12. Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    the Dum aloo looks perfect Jayashree. It is indeed so amazing how we manage the humble potatoes in so many different ways

  13. Vidya Narayan

    Love that colour of the dum aloo, looks absolutely delicious and this is the quintessential Kashmiri food. I missed this challenge but glad to see such lovely dishes by you all. Great share.

  14. Jolly

    Love this flavorful dum aloo curry, it looks absolutely delicious.

  15. marianasir1973

    Kashmiri dum aloo is a family favourite side dish for parties. I love the gorgeous colour of your curry. Craving it big time now!

  16. themadscientistskitchen

    Your dum aloo has me drooling . Beautifully done . I will bookmark the recipe especially as I love to make without onion n garlic.

  17. Freda @ Aromatic essence

    Lovely red color of the dum Aloo, it looks super tempting! I prefer the Kashmiri version over the onion tomato one, taste amazing !

  18. Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    These curries are all most everyone’s fav dish. I always love the combo of dum aloo with puri !!

  19. Jagruti Dhanecha

    Kashmiri dum aloo one of my favourite, bealutiful colour and looks so tempting.

  20. cookingwithsapana

    That’s exactly how I make Kashmiri dum aloo. It looks so delicious and must be a bliss with some parathas.

  21. code2cook

    This kashmiri dum aloo looking so tempting. this rich gravy and color looks great. You know I tried making dum aloo once and since then I am hooked on it. I love this recipe.

  22. Sujata Shukla

    I somehow thought Dum Aloo would be difficult to make. Now with your easy instructions I feel I can make a decent attempt!

  23. Aruna

    I absolutely love dum aloo and you have made it look so vibrant as well.

  24. theyellowdaal

    Dum aloo looks rich and delicious. And this deep red color is so inviting😊

  25. Priya

    oooh.. time to make dum aloo at home…looks so inviting

  26. Renu Agrawal Dongre

    Looks so so yum…just want some roti now…love the colour

  27. Preethi Prasad

    I am a great fan of Potatoes. Love the vibrant red colour of kashmiri dum aloo. Fab share.

  28. mayurisjikoni

    An absolutely tempting preparation, dum aloo is my favorite. You actually soaked the red chilis and ground it to a paste as its traditionally done.

  29. Anu

    I love the bright red color of dum aloo. I can have extra roti with this kind of curry. Looks absolutely mouth watering.

  30. Anu

    I love the bright red colour of dum aloo. I can have an extra roti with this kind of curry. Looks absolutely mouth watering.

  31. Amrita

    Yummy looking Dum Aloo Jayashree!Perfect with poori!

    • jayashree

      Thankyou Amrita.



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