How to make Aaloor Dam - A popular potato preparation from Bengal.

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Baby Potatoes (बेबी आलू), Tomatoes (टमाटर)

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Aaloor Dam

Hindi: Aloo

Why is it that when you are stuck at “what should we cook today” the answer is always “make some aloo!” Potatoes are like this…extremely popular and have multipurpose usage.

And did you always think that eating a potato will make you fat?
Well, don’t – it is a surprising source of vitamin C and provides useful amounts of starch, thiamine and niacin and around a hundred grams will provide about eighty calories.
Little did you know!


Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Aaloor Dam Recipe

  • Baby Potatoes 500 grams

  • Tomatoes chopped 4 small

  • Ginger chopped 2 inch piece

  • Mustard oil 4 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Green cardamoms 2

  • Cinnamon 1 inch stick

  • Whole dry red chillies 3

  • Bay leaves 2

  • Asafoetida a pinch

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Sugar 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Wash and boil potatoes. Cool and peel them. Heat mustard oil in a pan to smoking point.

Step 2

Cool and heat again. Add cumin seeds, green cardamoms, cinnamon, red chillies, bay leaves, asafoetida and ginger and sauté for a couple of minutes.

Step 3

Add red chilli powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, salt and sugar and sauté for a minute more.

Step 4

Add tomatoes and potatoes. Mix well. Cover and cook for a couple of minutes. Serve hot with puris or chapatis.