Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Singhania's Traditional "Aloo Jhol" | How to Make the Yummiest Dahi Ke Aloo? | Aloo Kadhi Recipe | Potato Curd Curry

Once upon a time, when my dad's family stayed together in a joint-family kind of structure, and had a couple of full-time cooks at home, this particular Dahi Ke Aloo or Aloo Kadhi Recipe (Potato Curd Curry, or 'Aloo Jhol', as we call it) was a mandatory part of the dinner menu, EVERY SINGLE DAY! There would be other seasonal vegetables, yes... AND there would be a HUGE pot of this 'Aloo Jhol'!

In my 40+ years of life on this planet, I have not seen this dish, cooked in this exact same way, with this exact same taste, at anyone else's place! (My maternal relatives, my friends, my office colleagues... NOWHERE!) Neither has any of the other member of my dad's family seen or heard of it being prepared in the household of any of their vast network of friends, family & acquaintances! As such, we all refer to it as the "Singhania's Traditional 'Aloo Jhol'"!

After the family broke up into nuclear units, we stopped making this dish EVERY day, but my Grandma (dad's mom) never failed to share with us her golden reminiscences, of days when dinner would include 'Aloo Jhol', Hari Dhania Ki Chutney, Paapad, Bhindi and of course, garma-garam Parathas! :)

Here's the recipe for Singhania's Traditional 'Aloo Jhol' or Potato Curd Curry, i.e. our family version of Dahi Ke Aloo or Aloo Kadhi. In fact, it looks and tastes very similar to Kadhi! And yeah, it tastes absolutely delicious with crunched Paapad! The quantity in the picture below serves only two people - my dad & me! Yeah... that's how crazy we are about this dish! :p




Singhania's Traditional "Aloo Jhol " | How to Make the Yummiest Dahi Ke Aloo ? | Aloo Kadhi Recipe | Potato Curd Curry


Ingredients:


  • 1 cup thick curd (slightly sour if possible, definitely NOT sweet!)
  • 2 cups water
  • 250 gm boiled potatoes (approx)
  • 1 tsp finely chopped green chillies
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp refined cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp haldi powder (turmeric)
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • pinch of powdered heeng (asofetida)
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • salt as per taste

Preparation:


  1. Pass the curd through a strainer so it acquires a smooth flowing consistency. Add water to it and mix well to maintain the consistency. (You may want to decrease/increase the amount of water, in case it seems to get too watery or too viscous.)
  2. Crumble the boiled potatoes into small pieces and add them to the curd-water mixture.
  3. Add haldi powder and coriander powder to the above. DO NOT STIR after adding.

Cooking:


  1. Heat the oil in a deep fry pan.
  2. Add jeera.
  3. Add heeng and the chopped green chillies.
  4. Add the red chilli powder and IMMEDIATELY pour the mixture prepared above. (You don't want the red chilli powder to become black! So timing is crucial here!)
  5. KEEP STIRRING THE MIXTURE CONTINUOUSLY UNTIL IT STARTS TO BOIL, OR ELSE IT WILL CURDLE.
  6. Add salt to taste (AFTER IT STARTS BOILING).
  7. Let it simmer on medium-to-low flame for another 5 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally.
  8. Remove from flame. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Serving Ideas:


  • Singhania's Traditional 'Aloo Jhol' (or Potato Curd Curry) make a wholesome dinner meal with simple Parathas and crunched Paapad!
  • Our family version of Dahi Ke Aloo or this particular Aloo Kadhi Recipe can also be teamed with spicy Sattu Ke Parathe, hot from the skillet, to make a perfect Sunday Brunch!

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7 comments:

Mahesh Nayak said...

Hey sexy,
Am back to commenting on your blog. Quite soon(mebbe by the end of this month) I will also be back to blogging too. Looks yummy dear, cook it for me whenever I visit you ok?

Kaddu said...

Heyyyyy handsome! I missed you! You've been gone for like ages!

Yeah.. have been waiting for u to blog abt something! Glad to hear my wait is abt to end! :-p

So u like my traditional Aloo Jhol? But u aren't going to come down to India for quite a while! :-( So I have a better idea... I'll cook it for u when I reach the US. But u remember our deal na... YOU will hv to the rest of the cooking!

Roshmi Sinha said...

I tried this last night... meaning my hubby cooked this for me... and it turned out to be D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S... !!!

Thanks for sharing! :D

Smita said...

We make it amy Mom's place but we call it Dahi waale aloo :)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Smita, aren't they just yummmm! :D :D
Especially with sattu ka paratha... oooohhhhh!

Smita said...

personally am not a fan of sattu ka paratha but my dad loves them. I love these with plain kurkure parathe!!! :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

@Smita - I love these with any kind of parathe! :P But we usually overeat whenever we make this, so I don't make it more than once a month!

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