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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kashmiri Dum Aloo for Indian Cooking Challenge

The Indian Cooking Challenge set for us this month by Srivalli is Dum Aloo. I have tried several versions of this dish before, but haven't ever cooked it using the dum method of cooking which involves sealing the cooking pot tightly with flour paste and letting the curry cook in its own steam. The recipe sounded easy enough and I had all the ingredients on hand. I completed this challenge within days of Valli posting it.

What I think of the dish:
The dish looked fantastic. As far as the taste goes, while it was not bad, it doesn't have me singing praises of it either. I felt that the taste of fennel in it was overpowering despite using less than the amount suggested. In fact, I had to scrub my kadai several times to get rid of the smell. There was a bitterness in the dish that lingered in the mouth even after I finished eating.
A change that I made from the original recipe is removing the skin of the potatoes. Somehow, I just didn't find it appealing to leave the skin on.
Overall, I prefer the other versions of this dish that I've tried before and will stick to those from now on. I do like the idea of dum cooking, though, and might do that more often.

15 comments:

Srivalli said...

I understand that over powering taste. I felt the same too when I eat it right away. I think this is one of those dishes that settles well down after resting for sometime. Like I made for dinner and then when I had it for next day lunch, it was very good..Though I too felt I liked the other dum aloo recipes of mine better..:)

lata raja said...

Yes, the curry looks good, I tried roasting the aloo instead of frying, and also removed the skin prior to cooking.had to cook the gravy for long to coat the aloo...so it became thick and almost dry. I felt the bittersweet taste of the spices overpowering too!

Vegetarian Zest said...

This looks amazing.

PriyaVaasu said...

i havent tried yet!!!! planning to make it for dinner!! :)

Jayashree said...

@Valli, I did have leftovers the next day and to me, it seemed as if the flavors and smell had intensified, and that put me off.

Veggie Hut said...

looks gr8..

G.Pavani said...

creamy n yummy dum aloo..

veena krishnakumar said...

Looks delicious. Loved making it too

Pavani said...

I actually forgot to add fennel to my curry and made quite a few other changes as yogurt based curries are not a favorite in our house. It was a good challenge none the less.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, it looks delicious dear. Wonderful click.

simply.food said...

Lovely and rich, looks tasty

sanjeeta kk said...

The dum aloo looks creamy and tangy. Good to know that you are from the same place (Valli's mail). See you soon.

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sra said...

It looks good. Someone once told me frying the spices well takes away their sting, and I've found that to be true.

Renu said...

Though Potato peel is very nutritious, but I also prefer to peel it off.

Sheeba Asariah said...

wonderful dish nice clicks