24 August, 2011

Dahi Aloo Recipe: Baby Potatoes in Creamy Yogurt Gravy

Dahi Aloo/Baby Potatoes in Creamy Yogurt Gravy

The day started with a big bang! I had taken a day off from work, a much deserving one that is, and decided to make the most of it. My ‘much’ better half left to office and lil dumpling nicely settled in his day care, I had huge, I mean HUGE, plan for the day ahead. A quick call to my hair stylist to book an appointment for the evening, catch up with all the emails from friends, long chat session with my Amma, cook food in leisure, and a long soak in bubbles with my favourite drink and the book I have been wanting to read for ages! Everything was well planned to T!

Alas!!! Everything that I meticulously planned just went fling out of the window! My hair stylist was on sick leave, my laptop was attacked by unknown virus and crashed like it will never boot up again, Amma was out of town, and the book I wanted to read was no where to be found! At least I was hopeful about cooking some scrumptious food in leisure. So I went to the kitchen with full of spirit, tied the apron strings around my waist with full confident and peeked inside the pantry and fridge. After mulling over I took out the bag of new potatoes that we picked on our weekend trip to nearby farmer’s market and looked at the cute little spuds lovingly. From cooking delicious pot of Dum Aloo to one pot meal of Aloo Pulao to simple herb infused jacket potatoes, too many recipe ideas kept popping in my head. In the end my love for yogurt based curries took over all other recipe ideas and these new potatoes found their way in to one of my all the time favourite curries. It was the day for cooking creamy Dahi Aloo, a basic, simple recipe of potatoes cooked in lightly spiced yogurt gravy.

Steaming bowl of Dahi Aloo/Baby Potatoes in Creamy Yogurt Gravy

I cooked the potatoes and prepared the yogurt marinate in no time and with out any pause! I drained the water from potatoes and carried them to the dining table to remove their peels. I picked the first well formed little spud and slowly started to remove its peel with full enthusiasm. Peel, peel, peel, peel…peel… First one done and 14 more to go! Picked the second baby spud and started peeling it with enough ethusiasam. 2 minutes later and 2 peeled baby spuds, my ethusiasam had dropped 2 percent down after peeling stubborn, very, very thin peels that stuck like as if it was glued to the potatoes foe their dear life!!! by the time I finished peeling the eighth baby spud all that rosy pictures of cute little spuds covered in creamy yogurt felt like a day dream that may burst at any time… by the time I finished the tenth baby spud, that day dream looked like a nightmare! And I have no idea how I reached the phase of peeling the thirteenth one! By then my desire to cook anything, let alone elaborate meals had vanished in thin air! I didn’t go near the last two baby spuds and simply dumped them all in the yogurt marinate and coved the vessel with cling film and pushed it to the back of fridge. Huffing and puffing and irritated to the core I went upstairs to take a long shower and then headed take long morning nap. By the time I got up, it was well past afternoon nap! I just couldn’t believe that I had slept for good eight hours without any interruptions. It never happened in the last 2 years and may be that’s what I wanted all the time! A short uninterrupted sleep can seriously do wonders!!!

Refreshed and revived, and after a light meal of soup and salad, I removed the well marinated potatoes from fridge and proceeded to make Dahi Aloo. Flat 12 minutes later, a big bowl of delicious, creamy Dahi Aloo without any onion or garlic was ready. This is actually a fuss free recipe, except for the peeling baby potatoes part. Next time I may just leave the peels on or just use large potatoes instead. Since it was marinated for more than 8 hours, the baby potatoes absorbed all the spices and flavours and turned absolute delight! Simple, down to earth Dahi Aloo can be served with any flavoured or plain rice or you can also pair them with any Indian bread. Or if you are like me, you can simply have it as a delicious baby potato salad with few splashes of olive oil or cherry tomatoes!

Baby/New Potatoes for Dahi Aloo/Baby Potatoes in Creamy Yogurt Gravy

Baby Potatoes in creamy Yogurt and Spice Marinate

Dahi Aloo (Baby Potatoes in Creamy Yogurt Gravy)
Prep Time: 10 mins (excluding marinating time)
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Serves: 5-6 people
Spice Level: Mild to Medium
Recipe Level: Easy/Beginner
Shelf Life: 3 days when refrigerated
Serving Suggestion: With flavoured or plain rice or any Indian flat bread

12-15 Baby/New Potatoes (or 3 large Potatoes)
1 tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
½ tbsp Kasuri Methi/Dried Fenugreek Leaves
¼ tsp Hing/Asafoetida
1 tbsp Oil

For Yogurt Marinate:
2 cups Yogurt, beaten or whisked to remove any lumps
1 tsp Ginger Paste
½ tsp Red Chilli Powder (adjust acc to taste)
½ tsp Garam Masala (adjust acc to taste)
½ tsp Jeera/Cumin Powder
1 tsp Dhania/Coriander Powder
1 tbsp Cashew Nut Paste (Optional)
Salt to taste

A delightful bowl of Dahi Aloo/Baby Potatoes in Creamy Yogurt Gravy

Pierce the whole new or baby potatoes with knife or fork and cook them in pressure cooker or heavy bottomed vessel with enough water. Once cooked thoroughly and cooled a bit, peel them and keep them aside. If using large potatoes, dice them to 1 inch cubes.
Now prepare the yogurt marinate by mixing all the ingredients listed above. Add the potatoes to the yogurt marinate, and mix them well so that each potato is coated well. Cover the vessel with cling film and refrigerate overnight (8-9 hours) or at least for 1-2 hours.
Heat oil in pan and add cumin seeds and hing. When cumin seeds starts to crackle and turn light golden, add dried fenugreek leaves and let it cook for half a minute in medium flame.
Add marinated potatoes along with any left over marinade and cook for 7-10 minutes, stirring all the while, till small bubble starts to appear. Make sure that you stir the curry all the while so that it doesn’t curdle.
Remove from the flame and let it rest for ten minutes. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves if desired and serve this creamy Dahi Aloo with plain or flavoured rice or any Indian flat breads.

Dahi Aloo/Baby Potatoes in Creamy Yogurt Gravy

Dahi Aloo/Baby Potatoes in Creamy Yogurt Gravy

Sia’s Notes:
  • Addition of cashew nut paste is optional. I have used it to give the gravy a rich taste and also it helps in preventing the yogurt from curdling. It also lends creamy texture to the gravy.
  • If the yogurt you are using is too thick, just add ¼ - ½ cup of water to get thick pouring consistency.
  • Marinating overnight helps the new potatoes absorb all the flavours.


  1. Slurrppp! I'm drooling on your potatoes. Just gorgeous post with easy to follow recipe. I really enjoyed your post today. :)

  2. This looks so yum,perfect with rice

  3. looks good Sia! I do love potatoes with yogurt so this is right up my alley!

  4. Wow amazing clicks,wonderful recipe...luks yum...

  5. GORGEOUS photos!! i love those speckles of red chili flakes on top on creamy potatoes!!

  6. I can drool at your pictures for the whole day! Delicious recipe and professional clicks!

  7. looks yummy sia...must try soon ;)....what i would do for 8hours of sleep.....hmmmmmmm ;)

  8. Superb recipe and clicks...drooling over it..

  9. potato in white gravy wow!!thast sounds really gud!

  10. Oops! Your plans really went for a spin there. But I'm sure that aloo dish would have made up for a lot. Just lovely.

  11. oooooooooooweeeeeeee.....its so lovely..the pic makes me hungry.....so nice pic and must have tasted very very nice....first time here,,,i simply loved ur space......happy to follow u,,,ur clicks r awesome...

  12. Loved the recipe sia. And the photography is equally amazing. Enjoyed the reading the post :)

  13. Absolutely stunning pics and I totally love the potato gravy. Looks scrumptious to the core :)

  14. Love it. Amazing pics. I love the one with the steam rising from the potatoes.


  15. wow, what a great mouth watering pic, amazing recipe :)

  16. oh i heart these little baby one...and the popping out potatoes are stunning!

  17. absolutely stunning photos and the baby potatoes in rich creamy yogurt gravy looks delish


  18. Looks really very nice and surely will try this out.

  19. that looks heavenly. potatoes are always a win, eh?

  20. Absolutely beautiful!! Especially the second pic, the way you captured the vapor from the potatoes!!!

  21. Aww... thank u all :) ur encouraging and kid wordssmake my day all the more special. time for a group hug :)

  22. looks wonderful. I'll be attempting this very soon.

  23. I love potatoes, and you post along with the great pics, is having me drool! I plan to try this recipe tomorrow for dinner. :)

  24. Hi Sia,

    I made dahi aloo today...very similar to yours. I got the idea of marinating the potatoes from this post. thanks...it made the aloo absord the flavor.



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