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Dum Aloo with Besan

21 Oct

Dum Aloo with Besan.

Potatoes are chopped into big chunks. Baby potatoes can also be used here. Besan / gram flour is briefly fried in oil and whisked yogurt is mixed with the besan to make it into a gravy. Chopped potato is either shallow fried or deep fried and added to the prepared besan mixture and cooked covered on low flame till all flavors has been absorbed by the potatoes.
Makes: around 5 servings of Dum Aloo with Besan.


Potato 3
Besan / Gram Flour 3 tbsps
Onion 1
Ginger 1 inch piece
Green Chiles 2
Garam Masala 1 tsp
Red Chile Powder 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Yogurt 3/4 cup
Cashews 6
Turmeric Powder a big pinch
Oil 2 tbsps
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

Peel and chop potato into big chunks.
Peel and finely chop onion.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Peel and mince ginger.
Chop cashew nuts into small bits.
Whisk yogurt with quarter cup of water and keep aside.

Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan, add potato cubes and fry on high heat till potato turns golden brown.
Heat a tbsp oil in a non stick pan on medium flame, add cumin seeds and onion.
Once onion turns translucent, add green chiles, ginger and besan.
Fry until besan changes color or until the raw smell of besan has gone.
Stir in yogurt, red chile powder, garam masala powder and salt.
Add a quarter cup of water or more to the above mixture if the sauce seems too thick.
Bring the sauce to a light bubble and remove from heat.

In a baking bowl, add fried potato chunks.
Pour the prepared besan sauce on top of the potato and cover.
Bake the dish for around 5 minutes and garnish with chopped or whole cashews.
Serve dum aloo with besan over steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Alternatively, deep fry potato till golden brown and remove onto absorbent paper.

Suggestions:If baking is not preferred, cover the potato with a tight lid and cook on low flame for around 10 mintues for the potatoes to absorb all the flavors.
Variations: Add coriander and cumin powder along with garam masala to taste.
Other Names:Dum Aloo with Besan, Gravy Potato with Gram Flour.