February 13, 2013

Aloo Dum and puri

I realized that I hardly have any food in my blogs that I grew up eating with. Aloo dum and puri is a popular dish in Nepal. It is very interesting to find aloo dum varies according to the regions and country. Some with more spices and some with fewer spices. Staying in USA for a long time, my palate has changed to the liking of mild spices.  So if you want more or less heat, you can just adjust according to your taste. My son sure loved it, wants it for lunch tomorrow too! I hope you guys enjoy it!!!

 Time: 2 hours
Yield :4

5 medium size potatoes

2 big roma tomatoes
½ cup plain yogurt

4 whole red chili pepper
1 small onion (puree)

1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
1 teaspoon of fennel seed

1 teaspoon of anise seed
1 teaspoon of cumin seed

1 teaspoon of turmeric powder

1 teaspoon of cumin powder

1 teaspoon of coriander powder
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (adjust according to your palate)

 ½ teaspoon of salt (adjust according to your palate)

2 cups whole wheat

1 cup water

1 table spoon of oil

Oil for deep frying

1.       Boil the potatoes in water until it is soft in center. Peel and cut it into dices.

2.       Cut the roma tomatoes in small pieces, and cook it in a pan for 10 minutes with whole red chili peppers until it becomes tender. Blend it in a blender to make puree. In the meantime heat 3 table spoon of oil in the pan. Make it hot enough to add cumin, fennel and anise seeds. You will hear crack noise.

3.       Since the oil is very hot, it can burn onion and garlic easily, so lower the heat. Add onion puree and crushed garlic. Add the roma tomato puree, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, red cayenne pepper and yogurt. Add the cubed tomatoes and simmer it in medium heat for 10 minutes.

4.       For puri, mix the whole wheat, water and one table spoon of oil properly. Make 12 small ball and roll it with a rolling pin to make roti.  Make sure the oil is hot and deep enough to make puri. Deep fry it in hot oil.

5.       Serve the hot aloo dum and puri. Enjoy!!

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