Spiced Bengali Potato Curry: Discovering the Magic of Niramish Aloor Dom
Niramish Aloor Dom is a traditional Bengali vegetarian dish known for its rich and flavorful gravy. It's a popular choice, especially during festive occasions or when preparing vegetarian meals. The term "Niramish" indicates that this dish is prepared without onion and garlic, making it suitable for those who follow certain dietary restrictions or preferences.
The dish features perfectly fried potatoes that are coated in a creamy and aromatic gravy made from a blend of nuts and seeds, such as cashews, melon seeds, and poppy seeds. These ingredients contribute to the dish's unique texture and rich flavor.
Niramish Aloor Dom showcases a balance of spices, including whole garam masala and ground spices like cumin, coriander, and turmeric. The touch of ghee at the end enhances the overall taste and aroma of the dish.
Ingredients : -
Whole Garam Masala (Bay Leaf, Cardamom, Cumin, Cinnamon)
- Mustard Oil ( 3 tablespoon)
- Desi Ghee (1 tablespoon)
- Boiled Potatoes (700 gm)
- Ginger (1.5 inch)
- Tomato (1 pc)
- Green Chillies ( 4 pc)
- Cashews (20 gm)
- Melon Seeds/Charmagaz (15 gm)
- Poppy Seeds/Posto (2 tablespoon)
- Cumin Powder (1/2 teaspoon)
- Coriander Powder (1/2 teaspoon)
- Turmeric Powder (Small amount)
- Salt & Sugar (As per taste)
- Garam Masala Powder (1 pinch)
Here are the instructions for making Niramish Aloor Dom:
- Heat 3 tablespoons of mustard oil in a stainless steel pan.
- Add the whole garam masala spices (bay leaf, cardamom, cumin, and cinnamon) to the hot oil. Sauté them briefly until fragrant.
- Add 700 grams of boiled potatoes to the pan. Stir and fry them until they turn golden brown. Remove the potatoes and set them aside.
- In the same pan, add 1.5 inches of chopped ginger, 1 chopped tomato, and 4 green chilies. Sauté until the tomatoes are soft and the mixture comes together.
- In a separate bowl, make a paste by blending 20 grams of cashews, 15 grams of melon seeds (charmagaz), and 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds (posto). Add a small amount of water to form a smooth paste.
- Add the paste to the steel pan and cook for a few minutes, stirring continuously.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon of coriander powder, a small amount of turmeric powder, and salt and sugar to taste. Mix well and cook until the oil starts to separate from the mixture.
- Return the fried potatoes to the pan and coat them with the masala mixture.
- Add a pinch of garam masala powder for extra flavor.
- Finally, drizzle 1 tablespoon of desi ghee over the dish, give it a gentle stir, and remove it from the heat.
Your Niramish Aloor Dom is ready to be served. Enjoy!