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Ek Bangalir Rannaghaur Theke(From a Bengali’s Kitchen)

Dum Alu

Posted by Sudeshna on July 3, 2008

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Writing after a long long time. These few days I was absolutely burdened and couldn’t even enter my kitchen with the right state of mind to cook something new. With all the calorie consciousness all of us have really started avoiding potatoes and as such any high calorie fruits and vegetables. But you know what at times you also need to give a break to the thinking procedure and pamper your taste buds.

The dum alu is all about pampering that secret emotion of yours, which is now almost covered with the weight of the calorie conscious thoughts.

I tried this out yesterday, and had it with paratha. But I felt that this would as good as a snack on an evening enjoying and partying with friends.

Serves 6

Ingredients:

Potato (Alu) : 1kg

Onions (Peyaj): 200gms

Garlic (Rasun): 10 /12 cloves

Ginger (Adaa): 10gms

Turmeric powder (Halud guro): 1 teaspoon

Chilli powder (Lanka guro): 2 teaspoons

Garlic-Ginger paste (Aada-Rasun bata): 2 teaspoons

Mustard oil(Sarser tel): 2 tablespoons

Sugar (Chini): 1/2 tespoon

Coriander leaves(Dhane pata) to garnish

Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Take the vinegar in a small bowl and add julienned ginger to it. Keep it aside for the ginger to soak.
  • Boil the potatoes un-peeled with 1 teaspoon of salt, don’t over boil. Just boil them till the hardness goes off.
  • Take them out, drain the water and peel off the skins. Cut the potatoes into halves if they are of medium size. You can also use the smaller potatoes, then don’t need to cut them into pieces.
  • Julien the onions and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok. Add the oinions, garlic cloves and saute’ till the onions start becoming golden brown.
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté till the fried smell comes out.
  • Add turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt along with two cups of water.
  • As steam starts coming out, add the boiled potatoes. Cook till the potatoes become soft. you can add water in the way if it gets too dry. Add the sugar and mix well.
  • Take the potatoes and keep in a serving bowl.
  • Garnish with the soaked ginger and chopped coriander leaves. Dum Alu

Instead of mustard oil you can also use vegetable or sunflower oil.Enjoy the DUM ALU with roti, paratha or just as a snack in a lazy evening with friends and family. Happy eating and happy cooking.

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