Dum Aloo and Assorted Weekend Variouses

I found a heap of bargain veggies — price drastically reduced.
When these are offered I scan carefully for often they are in perfect shape,
only in need of quick cooking before they spoil.

I bought the tomatoes I used for chutney and…

these poblano peppers…

poblano peppers
gorgeous green poblanos

and these little baby potatoes.
For all they are labor intensive, I love baby potatoes!

bargain bin baby potatoes
baby potatoes… too tender to peel

I’ve wanted to make dum aloo for some time. I have seen it with and without nuts, cream, yogurt, etc. I have seen boiled ‘taters and deep-fried. I wanted something a little rich but not so high-calorie. So I tried my own version, no grinding because I was feeling lazy 🙂

Some of the delicious dum aloo recipes I checked out and took inspiration from:





Thanks to you all and mostly to Seema for her easy tasty version which I followed pretty closely — thank you Seema!

Dum Aloo, Rustic-style

12 baby potatoes
1 TB ghee

1 TB ginger/garlic paste
1 c chopped onion
2-3 small tomatoes, chopped

2-3 bay leaves
1 small cinnamon stick

1/2 tsp chile powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 TB cumin/coriander powder
2 TB charoli nuts — or nuts/seeds of your choice

Salt to taste

tomato chutney (optional)


Scrub the potatoes well. The choice to peel or not to peel is yours.
I have seen recipes going either way. I like to leave the peel because it’s full of vitamins. To be sure the potatoes soaked up the spices, I made sure to prick them extra well.

Boil the potatoes until almost tender. Remove and run under cool water to stop the cooking. Drain and cool to room temperature.

Over medium heat, melt the ghee in a saucepan and add the potatoes. Saute on all sides about 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove and keep aside. In the ghee remaining, cook the ginger-garlic paste a few minutes, then add the onions. Fry until golden, then add the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, spice powders, and the nuts. Fry another minute before adding the tomatoes and one cup water. Mix well and simmer about 10 minutes.
At this point if you want a smoother sauce, you can use the hand blender to break up some of the veggies. Add the browned potatoes. Stir to blend, cover, and cook 20-30 minutes on low heat, until sauce thickens and potatoes are infused with flavor. Add salt to taste and serve hot or room temperature.

I stirred in the leftover tomato chutney (about 1/4 cup) and it gave the dish an extra kick.

Tasted *much* better the next day.

dum aloo
dum aloo with a rustic, chunky masala


So what happened to the peppers?

I often bookmark recipes and finally try them months later. With the peppers, I made ISG’s Mixed Beans and Poblano Peppers, only inside-out.
Where ISG mixed her peppers in the beans, I roasted then stuffed the peppers *with* the beans.
Other than that I followed her recipe and it was easy and delicious, thanks ISG!

stuffed poblanos a la ISG
clockwise from upper left: poblanos ready to cook, roasted black and mellow, beans masala cooking, the beans in measuring cup, and finally the lunch packed for work: beans masala in roasted poblano, with radish stirfry (yoo hoo, bee and jai — it’s quite good! 😉 )

So that was the end of the breakdown lane veggie fest.
In the past couple of weeks I’ve also made:

vani’s gobi bhaji
flower chi bhaji from Vani’s Mysoorean, rich with goda masala

With kitties and babies and delicious recipes, Vani is always busy with good things — thank you Vani! 🙂


isg’s roasted chora
ISG’s roasted chora dal, or arisim paruppusatham

I didn’t have the proper dal to start, but used what I did have and roasted it. Came out great, a keeper for sure.

Thanks again, ISG! 🙂

Last but not least, a picture of something dear to my heart. I can’t begin to say why every time I have started a garden, I have somehow run into disaster. This year I am so thrilled to have a few… nope, won’t even say it now! 🙂

I don’t dare name them for fear of jinxing them… but oooh!! 🙂

and thanks to you mm… for sharing the garden venture! 🙂


  1. mm said

    Why Thank You!… your sharing in the quest for a garden is inspiring. Maybe the bloggers can come up with a few recipes for all this horseradish….. mm

    Now that would be some fusion 🙂

  2. sra said

    I like the touch of the charoli nuts, Linda!

    Thanks, Sra 🙂

  3. shammi said

    EEek – I have one of those coming up too. I wont name it either, for fear of jinxing yours AND mine! But I’m so thrilled to see yours… AND mine! Yay! 🙂

    Yay for you too Shammi! Don’t forget to take pics 🙂

  4. indosungod said

    Linda, love Dum Aloo, yours look super good, those fingerling potatoes I found at the store have been tempting me for a while 🙂

    Poblanos stuffed with beans, just thinking about it makes me happy.

    I can’t seem to get enough of those baby potatoes, ISG. And your beans masala made me awfully happy, yum! 🙂

  5. indosungod said

    No way! those green thingies look ……. I don’t want to jinx them either

    That’s how I feel too — “no way!” 🙂

  6. Asha said

    Mmmmmm!!!!!!! So many goodies Linda.Your kitchen must be smelling like good there buddy!:))
    Pobalnos is my kinda chillies and guess what JFI is this month! Chillies, Nandita has chosen it,send it to her.Looks great. Aloo Dum ,my fav too and will blog next month or so.Heck ,they all good,enjoy!:D
    I watered the plants yesterday in the Sun and almost had a heat exhaustion!! They are huge and sucking water like crazy.Good luck with the garden,I know what they are!;D

    I just saw Nandita’s choice too — perfect to beat the summer heat! Can’t wait to see your aloo dum. It was pretty hot here over the weekend but now it’s back to cooler nights. Don’t be collapsing from heat exhaustion now Asha!! 🙂

  7. Mishmash! said

    Linda, consider writing a book based on your cooking experiences with the Indian food…you can write on the various aspects related to it …..A nice catchy title will attract a lot of people too…I am not kidding at all…pls do think about it 🙂


    Shn, that’s a very interesting thought and I will bear it in mind — but I think *you* should write a book before me — you’ve got a gift for storytelling as well as cooking! 🙂

  8. Richa said

    Linda, both the dishes looks good, specially with ur unique take on them 🙂 charoli nuts in dum aloo, hmm, now that’s an idea! Dum aloo is one of my fav, make it so often!

    Thanks Richa — love to see your recipe too! The charoli nuts softened up some from cooking, so helped with my ‘no grinding’ for this one 🙂

  9. Revathi said

    Wowwww Linda I really want to taste the indian food u cook. everything looks soooo awesome.. And the plant.. Ok I will reserve my comments until they become red 🙂

    Thanks for all your kind encouragement Revathi — come on over anytime 🙂

  10. Suganya said

    Yr creativity is endless Linda.. Nice ideas!

    Thanks so much Suganya, lots of inspiration among the blogs yes? 🙂

  11. sharmi said

    lovely looking dum aloo. i loved your tomato plant.

    Thank you and thank you, Sharmi! 🙂

  12. roopa said

    wow what a pread of dishes. All look delicious, what to say beutifull garden too.

    Thank you Roopa… hope to get something to cook from the garden this year! 🙂

  13. Suganya said

    Linda, You can enter the poblano dish to this month’s JFI themed chillies!

    Thanks for the suggestion, Suganya! Look forward to see what you cook up for that 🙂

  14. Hema said

    Hi Linda!
    Love the array of dishes . Its is hard to choose my favourite. Never cokked with poblano chillies myself. Am tempted to now. Your roasted tomato chutney looks delicious. Hope you had a great 4th of july celebration!

    Hi Hema, glad to see you! The poblanos are really nice, especially if you roast them. Thank you and hope you had a great holiday too! 🙂

  15. Hema said

    That’s cooked not cokked:)

  16. Dilip said

    Dum Aloo is fantastic, yep looks earthy/rustic and very comforting too…and stuffed peppers too…what a great feast…thanks for sharing these lovely delights…

    Thank you Dilip, so happy you enjoyed! Try that beans masala from ISG — it’s delicious and easy as pie 😉

  17. Hima said

    Great dishes, The dum aloo is looking great.

    Hi Hima, and thank you! I love the name of your blog 🙂

  18. Vani said

    Am just now catching up on your posts and I see that you tried the Flowerchi Bhaji! I must say that your picture looks way better than mine, Linda! 🙂
    My folks and my sis are visiting right now and I’ve had even less time than usual to visit my blogger buddies.
    Hope you are doing well. Will be back soon! 🙂

    Hi Vani! Your flowerchi bhaji was soooo delish, thanks again! How wonderful, you’re having a visit with your family! Enjoy yourself and will look for you around when things quiet down 🙂

  19. pritya said

    Wow Linda, Potatoes cooked in ghee…Mmmm….waiting to try it out. You are right…many of these dishes taste even better the next day when all the ingredients have soaked in fully.

    Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments. Agreed most dishes like this are better for standing a day 🙂

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