Kashmiri Dum Aloo

Kashmiri Dum Aloo


  • 15 Baby Potatoes, boiled and peeled
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • ½ cup curd, mixed with ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup tomato puree
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. coriander powder
  • ½ tsp. garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) (Optional)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ½ cup coriander leaves, chopped

To prepare Onion Paste, roast & grind

  • 2 medium onions
  • 1/2″ pc. Ginger, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 green chillies
  • 3 red dry chillies, preferably Kashmiri
  • 2 cloves
  • 1” pc cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. oil


  1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the cloves, cinnamon, ginger, garlic red and green chillies and fry for a minute. 
  2. Add the sliced onions and fry further 1 minute. 
  3. Take off fire and let cool, then grind to a paste adding some water.  Keep aside.
  4. Heat a vessel and add 2 tbsp  ghee. 
  5. Add the boiled potatoes, chilli powder and salt and fry on medium heat for 5 minutes till golden. 
  6. Remove the potatoes and set aside. 
  7. To the same oil add 1 tsp. cumin seeds and saute for few seconds. 
  8. Add the onion paste, rinse the jar and add the water. 
  9. Add the coriander, turmeric and garam masala powder, stir and cook 5 minutes. 
  10. Add the tomato pulp, ¼ cup water if required and taste and add salt, cook 2 minutes. 
  11. Take off heat and add the yogurt mixture, 1 tsp. sugar, kasuri methi and mix.  Crush the kasuri methi lightly before adding,
  12. Place on heat and add the potatoes and cook 2 minutes. 
  13. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with Kashmiri rotis or puris or pulao.
  14. Serve alongwith Kashmiri Saag for a complete meal.

Potato and Red Pumpkin Gravy

Aloo Pethe ka Saag

A quick, deliciuous, nutritious dish without onion and garlic. Rajasthani vegetarian cuisine.

Potato & Red Pumpkin Gravy

Rajasthani cuisine


  • ½ kg. Red pumpkin
  • ½ kg. Potatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1” pc cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 1 tsp. Kalonji (nigella/onion seeds) Optional
  • ½ tsp. mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp. yogurt
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tomato, chopped (or 1 tbsp. tomato paste) (missed it in the video recording)
  • 1 tsp. amchur (dry mango powder)
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsbp. Ghee
  • 1 tsp. Salt or to taste


Clean, Peel and wash the red pumpkin and potatoes.  Cut into cubes.  Heat the ghee and fry the bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, nigella seeds, mustard seed and fenugreek seeds until the seeds begin to crackle.  Add the yogurt, chili, coriander, cumin and turmeric powders and fry for 2 to 3 minutes.  Adjust spices to taste.  Add the tomato paste or the tomato and fry for a minute.  Add the potato and pumpkin cubes, ½ cup water, cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.  Add the amchur, sugar and salt.  Mix and simmer for a minute.  Serve hot.

Potato Chops

Potato Chops

I remember years ago my East Indian friend & colleague telling me that in an East Indian household a Sunday lunch is incomplete without Potato Chops. While growing up we enjoyed Potato Chops often as my mother made them frequently. Can’t say it is a mangalorean dish but certainly due to the East Indian influence of neighbours and friends, perks of being raised and growing up in a cosmopolitan city like Bombay (now Mumbai).

Potato chops is something me and my family relishes anytime! The mince filling can be made with Beef, Chicken or Lamb mince. A finely chopped carrot may also be added to the mince. It is quite versatile and can be served as a starter, snack, appetizer or with any main meal or in a sandwich! Make a large batch and freeze some so you can just fry and serve quickly in case of unexpected guests. If freezing make sure to line them up on a tray and transfer to boxes or ziploc bags once frozen.

Potato Chops


For potato coating:

  • ½ Kg. Potatoes
  • 1 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp. sugar (optional)
  • 1 tsp. butter (optional)

For meat filling:

  • ½ Kg. Beef, Lamb or Chicken Mince
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 large tomato
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1” pc. Ginger
  • 3 flakes garlic
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp. black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. Salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp. ghee
  • Egg & bread crumbs for coating the chops
  • Oil for shallow frying


  1. Wash mince & drain.
  2. Boil potatoes for ½ hour till tender, peel and mash well adding salt, sugar and butter. 
  3. Chop finely, onions, tomato, ginger, garlic, green chillies, mint & coriander leaves.
  4. Heat 1 tsp. ghee in a pan
  5. Add the chopped onions, saute for a minute
  6. Then add the ginger, garlic, green chillies an fry till onions are light brown. 
  7. Add the tomato and saute till tomatoes turn soft. 
  8. Add the mince, salt and saute the mince till it changes color and liquid evaporates. 
  9. Add the turmeric, pepper and garam masala powders and mix well. 
  10. Add ¼ cup hot water, stir, bring to a boil, cover and cook 30 minutes on medium flame till mince is tender, stirring in between. 
  11. Add the mint and coriander leaves and cook till mince is dry and water has evaporated completely. 
  12. Take off flame and leave to cool.

To make the potato chops:

  1. Take a large lemon sized ball of potato mixture, flatten on the palm of your hand
  2. Put a tbsp. of mince mixture and bring the potato edges over the mince to cover and form a round shape, then flatten a little. 
  3. Coat with beaten egg
  4. Roll in bread crumbs. Thus make all the potato chops.

To fry the chops:

  1. Heat a pan, add 2 tbsp. oil, just a little more than you would need to coat the pan. 
  2. When heated, place the chops on the pan without crowding and fry on medium low till brown on both sides. 
  3. Make sure you don’t add too much oil or keep the heat high as the chops are likely to break when frying.

Vegetable Korma

Vegetable Korma

Vegetable Korma turns out delicious and even if you are not a great fan of veggies, you will enjoy this korma. Although these are the basic vegetables for this dish, you may skip one or the other if not available. So don’t limit yourselves and feel free to cook this amazing vegetable korma with any vegetable you may have on hand and enjoy with some warm Indian bread of your choice!!


  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 cup green peas
  • ½ of medium cauliflower
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp. ghee
  • Grind to a paste
  • 1” pc ginger
  • 4 flakes garlic
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp. poppy seeds (substitute with sesame seeds or cashewnuts)


  1. Clean wash and chop the carrots and potatoes into small cubes. 
  2. Cut the cauliflower into small florets and soak in warm salted water for 10 minutes.
  3. Shell the peas if using fresh
  4. Grind the ginger, garlic, with the chilli powder, turmeric and poppy seeds to a paste with ¼ to ½ cup water.  I have used sesame seeds as poppy seeds are not available here.  Can be substituted with cashewnuts. 
  5. Chop the onion fine. 
  6. Wash and chop coriander leaves. 
  7. Heat the ghee in a vessel or cooker. 
  8. Fry the chopped onion till light brown. 
  9. Add the masala and salt and saute for a minute. 
  10. Add the masala water and cook till most of the water evaporates, stirring occasionally. 
  11. Add the vegetables and fry 2 to 3 minutes. 
  12. Add 2 cups water, mix well, cover and cook 10 minutes.  In cooker for 3 minutes.
  13. Open the lid, stir and add half the coriander leaves and cook for 2 minutes. 
  14. Check seasoning and if potatoes are cooked. 
  15. Remove to a dish, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with phulkas, rotis, parathas, pooris or any bread of your choice.

Egg Frittata with potato and sausages

Egg Frittata with potato and sausages

A spin-off on the famous Parsi “Papeta par Eedu”, with the additon of sausages, this is a really simple and quick breakfast bake, albeit in a frying pan! For more Egg-based options check out ‘Eggciting breakfasts’!

Slice the sausages thinly and fry 2 minutes till the edges turn crisp.

Fry the chopped onions & green chilli adding 1/2 tsp. salt. Add the tomatoes and fry for a minute and top with the sliced potatoes. Sprinkle over with salt and pepper. Cover and cook ten minutes.

Spread the fried sausages over the potatoes and break the eggs one by one over the sausages. Cover and cook till done. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Egg Frittata with Potato & Sausages

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 3 eggs
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 Potato, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder (optional)
  • 3 Beef or Chicken Sausages (Frankfurters), thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbs. ghee


  1. On a frying pan or skillet, heat ghee and fry the sliced sausages for two minutes or till crisp at the edges. Remove and set aside. 
  2. To the same pan add chopped onion and green chillie and saute till onion is light brown,  add a spoon of ghee if required. Add turmeric and mix.
  3. Add tomatoes and sauté for a minute, add ½ tsp salt and mix. 
  4. Spread the potato slices evenly over the onion tomato mixture.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the pan and let cook 10 minutes on low flame, till potatoes are almost cooked.
  5. Spread the sausage slices over the potatoes and then break the eggs one at a time over the sausages.  Cover and cook ten minutes or until the top is opaque and the eggs are cooked.  
  6. If you like the eggs runny, remove as soon as the whites are set. 
  7. Sprinkle with coriander leaves and serve immediately.

Pao-Bhaji – Mumbai’s Iconic Street-Food!

Pao Bhaji – Pav Bhaji

Published: October 22, 2015

Pao-Bhaji (or Pav Bhaji) is a simple potato and tomato dish, made famous on the side streets of the city that never sleeps and loves to eat out.

I can gorge on street-food anytime and my favorite is undoubtedly Pao-Bhaji. In the late 70’s when I used to work at New Marine Lines, behind the Income Tax Office, the office boy would gladly fetch Pao-Bhaji for my lunch on days I did not carry tiffin from home. This happened very often as it gave me an excuse to have this mouth-watering meal.  Those familiar with this area would have tasted this and many other delicious lunch-time options available on the lane leading to cross maidan.  The food-carts now, most certainly upgraded to food stalls.

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