Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Punjabi Dum Aloo

I was a little worried this curry of baby potatoes in a caramelized onion sauce was going to seem like more of a side than a main dish but it was really quite filling & satisfying as a meal.
#57 - Punjabi Dum Aloo
The original recipe called for 6 serrano chiles that weren't even seeded. Matt knew I couldn't handle that kind of heat so we used just one seeded serrano. It was still a little hot for me but adding a little yogurt made it better, I'm such a wimp. Other than the heat the sauce is full flavors from the Indian spices, tomatoes & golden onions. This is one we'll repeat for meatless dinners from time to time.

Punjabi Dum Aloo (Baby Potatoes in a Caramelized Onion Sauce)
(from 660 Curries)

2 t coriander seeds
2 1/2 t cumin seeds
1 T canola oil
3/4 pounds baby potatoes, cleaned but not peeled
1/2 large red onion, chopped
6 serrano chiles, sliced (or less to taste)
7 oz diced tomatoes
1 t kosher salt
1/2 t ground tumeric
1/2 T lime juice
cilantro, chopped

Preheat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the coriander seeds & 1 teaspoon of the cumin seeds. Toast until they start to crackle & release their aroma.. Remove from the pan right away so as not to burn the seeds. Let cool. Grind the cooled seeds & set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low. Prick the potatoes with a fork & add to the pan. Cook while stirring occasionally until they started to get wrinkled & are partial cooked, about 15 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the pan & set aside.

Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin seeds to the pan & cook for just a few seconds. Add the onion & chiles. Cook while stirring until the onions are golden brown. Add the tomatoes, salt & turmeric to the pan. Simmer until the tomatoes break down to create a chunky sauce. Stir in the potatoes, cover the pan & let simmer until the potatoes are cooked through, 25 - 30 minutes.

Add the lime juice & coriander/cumin blend. Serve sprinkled with the chopped cilantro

Serves 2 - 3

We served a simple dish of sautéed spinach in yogurt with this which I really loved. Matt thought it was so-so about it but I loved the tang of the yogurt with the spinach.

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14 comments:

Beth said...

My hubby likes curry's so hot that it makes him sweat and his nose run - yuk! I like mine a little milder...sounds like a lovely dish Kat

Elle said...

Very nice meatless dish! It looks incredible. I couldn't handle that many peppers, either. Fiiiiiire!!!!

Maria said...

My hubs LOVES spicy foods, I do to an extent, but can't handle his type of heat. Great looking dish:)

dawn said...

now see I love heat, but damn 6? I wonder why so much? This would be so good with scrambled eggs.

grace said...

that sauce sounds awesome to a heat-lover like me! bring on the chiles! (famous last words...) :)

Joanne said...

Whoa! Six chiles is a lot for MOST people. Except maybe the real diehards. This dish looks great!

Lo said...

Oh, gosh. I'm such a chile-head. I'd never publish a recipe with 6 chiles in it... but I'd totally try it for myself :) That said, this dish looks fantastic. I'd totally eat it as a main dish. So much flavor!!

Fresh Local and Best said...

This dish looks delicious. I'm looking to try more Indian recipes, and this one is very approachable.

Lori said...

This sounds great! I made aloo cholay last month wich is close to the same, but with chickpeas too. I definitely want to try this one. We found it so filling and a nice meatfree meal.

Casey Angelova said...

I made this for dinner tonight and it turned out well. I have also made something similar to this dish from 101 Cookbooks, but it included tempeh. My husband hated the tempeh and this dish reminded him of tempeh, so I will can only make this dish when he is not around.

Lori said...

I really look for ways taht I can say that word- punjabi. Oh just spelling it is fun! This sounds like a rather comforting meal.

Michelle said...

Interesting recipe and it sounds so good!

Gorgeous photos!

Foodycat said...

That sounds so good! But like you, I would have thought of it as a side dish.

Deborah said...

I often eat a side dish as a main dish, so even if this was a side, I think I'd love it!

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