Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dahi Aloo - Baby Potatoes in Spiced Yogurt Sauce

Even though I grew up in a household where each and every meal was cooked without onion and garlic and still devoured with gusto by all of us,I am eternally confused when I am required to make anything without these two.Garlic,I can live without but a day without cutting up an Onion?Difficult.
I was racking my brains as to what to cook alongside rotis on Shivrathri day when I had decided I would do away with rice and of course,onion and garlic.I remember seeing this on a tv show(or was it active cooking?) and had a faint idea how to go about it.Baby potatoes are one of my favorites and I knew one could never go wrong with potatoes.

A friend who tasted it said,it is moru curry with potatoes and I knew why it was so familiar in taste.Yes,it does taste like a North Indian's version of the Malayalee moru curry:)
Dahi Aloo


Baby Potatoes - 15-17
Salt to taste
Thick curd - 1 1/2 cups
Besan/Gram flour - 1 tbsp
Green chilly - 1,small
Ginger - 1/2' piece
Oil/Ghee - 2 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Hing/Asafetida - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Haldi powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Kasoori methi - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup,chopped

Wash and scrub the potatoes under running water and cook in a pressure cooker with salt for about 4-5 whistles(approximately 15 minutes).
Peel and keep aside.
Make a paste of ginger and green chilly.Mix the besan with curd and make a smooth paste.Reserve.
In a kadai add oil/ghee and splutter jeera.Lower the flame and add hing and green chilly paste.Saute for 2-3 minutes.
Now add the masala powders-red chilly,coriander,haldi and garam masala powders.
Mix in the peeled potatoes,salt to taste and the curd paste.give a good stir and let it come to a boil.
Simmer for 5-7 minutes or till the curry thickens and the sauce coats the potatoes well.
Mix in the kasoori methi and coriander leaves.
Serve with rotis or rice.


  1. My thoughts exactly! Its truly really difficult to cook without onion, specifically breakfast! More so when you are NOT meant to use it on a particular day:)

    I have not yet tasted potatoes in yogurt gravy, this sounds like a nice variation, got to try!

  2. nice!a really tasty prep. .really inviting click.

  3. Even I can't imagine without onion & garlic, which I only omit when I'm too lazy to chop :P
    My mom was incredibly patient & considerate to cook 2 styles of each sabji for meals, one with onion-garlic for us & one without for my grandparents.
    Kasoori methi in dahi aloo is new to me. And I usually dice larger potatoes to make this because I'm lazy to wash & peel each baby :D

  4. Same is my case, normally I would prepare loads of veggies without onion or garlic but when I need to prepare something specific then I dun recollect at all.

    The dish looks delicious.

  5. Nice easy recipe divya and that too without onions....luks really appetising....:) :) :)

  6. yummmmmmmmy and finger licking potato recipe.

  7. Looks so very tasty...
    when I want to cook something special.. I just cant do with out onions and garlic!!

    Very tempting pics!!

  8. Looks so tempting, potato and curd combination cant go wrong at all. I should say you have lot of patience, elaborate stepwise love it :)

  9. Flavorful looking curry. Love to dunk in some hot rotis right away. YUM!

  10. Yes this tastes kind of like our moru curry. Love the flavors!

  11. Amazing curry dear.. Once I made these, in the form of moru curry. Instead of cucumber pieces I added potatoes.

  12. i love baby potatoes, they always make a dish look very fancy. i dont think i can cook without onions & garlic, they are my two fav! but when u add other spices to the curry im sure the onions wont be missed... the dahi aloo looks fantastic!

  13. delicious...


  14. Love simple and quick curries like this one. Difficult to imagine a day without onion and garlic. And Divya loooved that apple crumb cake. Had tasted one that Ria made. This one looks awesome! Will surely try it.

  15. Every time I get small aloos, I think I have to make something new but always end up making my fav roast with them. I've got to make this recipe of yours. sooon..


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