Kashmiri Dum Aloo is a spicy potato curry made with yogurt and baby potatoes. For my vegan version I use a delicious combination of coconut milk and lemon juice with traditional spices. A vegan, gluten-free, soy-free recipe.
Before it exploded with violence in the 1980s, Kashmir, a disputed territory between India and Pakistan, was known for being a paradise on earth. This valley nestled in the gorgeous Himalayas was a popular haunt for honeymooners and tourists local and foreign, and a backdrop for many of Bollywood's extravagant movies. There was a time when, it seemed, no Hindi movie could be made without at least a duet by the "heroine" and the "hero" cavorting around on Kashmir's snowy slopes, bouffant hairdos and all.
Not surprising, because this is truly a magnificent land, with a beauty that ranges from the stately, awe-inspiring, almost forbidding gray slopes of Leh dotted with brilliant blue-green lakes, to the verdant, softer beauty of Srinagar, a city that sits on the glossy Dal lake.
While it is still not safe for tourists to travel to most parts of this strife-smothered land, with the exception of places like Leh bordering Tibet, there is another gift from Kashmir we can still enjoy: its rich, luxurious, slow-cooked cuisine.
Typically, Kashmiri cuisine tends to be heavy on meat. But the Kashmiri Dum Aloo I have for you today is one of the few delightfully vegetarian dishes this region is known for.
In its traditional form, Dum Aloo is not suitable for vegans, because it includes cream or yogurt, or sometimes both.
For my vegan Kashmiri Dum Aloo, I replace the yogurt with coconut milk and lemon juice. The creaminess of the coconut milk is perfect with the texture of the potatoes, which turn spongy when cooked and soak up all those delicious spices.
To achieve the perfect texture, the potatoes are usually deep-fried first. I take a healthier shortcut: I marinate the potatoes in some simple spices and roast them in the oven, in their jackets. The baking cooks them and gives the potato skins a crunchy texture, which emulates the deep-frying without the fat, and works beautifully in the final dish.
The sauce is perfection itself: creamy and luscious. You might find yourself licking the ladle often as you cook. But save some, because Dum Aloo is delicious with poori, fried Indian breads, or roti, or this 20-minute Dill Turmeric Pilaf with Pistachios.
You can also pair it with this delicious south Indian Coconut Rice, Turmeric Rice or Jeera Rice.
More delicious Kashmiri recipes:
Kashmiri Dum Aloo
- 20-25 baby potatoes (If you can't find these, use the smallest potatoes you can find, and halve or quarter them. Then follow the rest of the recipe instructions). If using whole baby potatoes, poke them all over with a fork.
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon Kashmiri chilli powder (paprika is a fine substitute)
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 2 cups coconut milk (canned or freshly extracted)
- 2 tablespoon cilantro (or mint, chopped, for garnish)
- Salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
For the masala:
- 4 teaspoon garam masala
- ½ teaspoon cayenne
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 25 almonds (soaked for about an hour)
- 2 tablespoon ginger (grated)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Grind together the masala ingredients with enough water to make a thick paste. Set aside.
- Mix the oil, chili powder, turmeric, and salt to taste and toss the potatoes in the mixture. Place in a 400-degree oven and roast 30 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through. (Pierce with a fork to test).
- In a saucepan, bring the ground paste to a boil, adding more water or vegetable stock if it's too thick. Then add half the coconut milk and the baked potatoes.
- Once the sauce starts to bubble, turn the heat to the lowest setting and place a tight-fitting lid over the saucepan. Let cook 20 minutes. Add some water or vegetable stock if the sauce dries up.
- Add the remaining coconut milk, more salt if needed, and the mint/coriander leaves and lemon juice. Stir well and turn off the heat.
- Serve hot with pooris or rotis or rice.
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I didn't see instructions for the almonds, so I left it out of the recipe o.O
Oh my goodness, that is one of the yummiest things I've ever cooked! I made extra and froze some, and I kept thinking about it sitting there in the freezer and salivating. The sauce would go beautifully with roasted aubergine, I bet
Just cooked this up and served it with rice. Turned out good and my Pakistani mother-in-law said she liked it. I would maybe add onion and garlic next time and possibly try it with yogurt instead of coconut milk, but then of course it wouldn't be vegan.
If I want to make this sauce for Cauliflower, do you suggest roasting in the oven? How should I proceed?
Yes, proceed the same way as for the potatoes!
Thanks Vaishali for the brilliant idea..I tried my recipe with coconut milk and it turned out amazing!!!! So glad I looked at your site before experimenting on my own.
Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe Vaishali. I made it several times with regular potatoes and recently with whole baby potatoes. The coconut gravy is simply amazing!
Dum aloo looks delicious and creamy..
This looks delicious, such a wonderful color! I love your coconut milk idea, I think anything is better with coconut milk!
Did the roasting spud gives such a glorious look! It is splendid ur dish 🙂
rich and Creamy gravy,pic makes me to drool.
creamy sauce with baby potatoes..looks delicious...
yet another wonderful looking dish I will have to make
the curry looks fabulous! I wish I could come over 🙁
Wow, Gravy looks so creamy and delicious. Love anything with coconut milk and aloo. Looks so tempting with pooris. Yummmmm
wow simply superb so creamy gravy making me hungry
Cooking with skin is something new....Looks creamy and yum...
Love the rich creamy texture as seen in the picture. Adding coconut milk is a great idea, and this recipe is perfect for the health-conscious:-)Those puris look so non-oily and I love the oh!-so-perfect colour!
Rich, creamy and delicious DUm Aloo Vaishali, looks really fabulous!
I love dum aaloo but don't make it as it involvs deep frying. But I like your take on it, keeping the skin and baking. And I am sure coconut milk and almonds give richness and the creaminess.
I will sure make this soon as I am getting nice yellow baby potatoes in my CSA bag soon.
Way to go Vaishali ... I was wondering about that curd thing too ... coconut milk ... too good! And the roasted potatoes have the perfect colour ! 🙂
You have a great week too! 🙂
aahaa... yummy dish... love the gravy base of coconut milk and lemon juice 🙂
Wow, thats a creamy and delicious dum aloo...I love the way you have oven fried the potatoes instead of deep fyring them...I should try these soon 🙂
When I saw the pic first, I thought the potatoes were fried... then I realised you roasted them in the oven. The skin looks so crispy and perfect.
Creamy and delicious looking aloo dish. Love the addition of almonds, will try this soon. Have a wonderful rest of the week.