Niramish Aloo’r Dum / Bengali Dum Aloo

Do you know that, Luchi and Niramish aloo’r dum is one of the favorite breakfast option from Bengali cuisine for all most all Bengali foodies ? Well, it is true 🙂 Luchi here is a deep fried flatbread prepared using all purpose flour and niramish aloo’r dum is a semi gravy dish using baby potatoes. The name niramish literally in Bengali means a vegetarian dish. Particularly the baby potatoes are opted for making this. But one can make the dish using the regular potatoes but has to chop those into cube sizes. In India, there are many variations of aloo dum / dum aloo which belongs to Odia cuisine, Punjabi cuisine, Kashmiri cuisine, Bengali cuisine etc.

Although this can be prepared using onion and garlic, but I have not used those here which results into a satvik dish one can surely enjoy during festive time. The gravy of the dish is mostly due to the tomatoes, hence it tastes a bit tangy which can be adjusted with sugar and spice factor. Completely vegan and gluten free too this curry is. The mustard oil gives a most aromatic flavor to the whole dish. The baby potatoes are first boiled and then stir fried in mustard oil and finally cooked in a tomato and Bengali masala paste. Along with luchi this will taste best. As an Odia, my family loves these niramish aloo’r dum along with chakuli pitha (a crepe using fermented rice and lentil batter) (I will share that recipe soon on blog). And for now lets go in details method of preparation of this soul-satisfying dish.

Recipe Card for ‘Niramish Aloo’r Dum / Bengali Dum Aloo’ :

vegan, gluten free,side dish, baby potatoes, No onion no garlic

Festive dish, Bengali dish, potatoes, without onion & garlic, vegan, gluten free



Niramish Aloo’r Dum / Bengali Dum Aloo

a signature Bengali dish using baby potatoes without Onion & Garlic

prep time: 10 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 40 M


  • Baby Potatoes 500 gm
  • Tomato 2-3 no.
  • Ginger paste 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder 2 tsp
  • Cumin powder 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder 2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder 1 tsp
  • Bay leaf 2 no.
  • Cinnamon stick 1 inch
  • Clove 2-3 no.
  • Green cardamom 2-3 no.
  • Sugar 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaf (chopped) 1-2 tbsp
  • Roasted cumin-red chili powder for sprinkling
  • Mustard oil 4 tbsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Water as needed


  1. First wash and clean all the baby potatoes.
  2. Pressure cook all the potatoes along with enough water and salt over medium heat till cooked well.
  3. Turn off heat and allow the pressure to drop completely.
  4. Take out all the cooked baby potatoes from the hot water and keep aside in a plate to cool down.
  5. Gently remove the skin from each potato and using a fork pierce each potato.
  6. Meanwhile roughly chop all the tomatoes, make a fine paste and keep aside.
  7. Now heat mustard oil in a pan.
  8. Add all the peeled baby potatoes and fry till they turn light brown in color.
  9. Transfer to a plate and keep aside.
  10. Next to the same pan add green cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and allow to splutter.
  11. Add sugar and when sugar starts caramelizing, add ginger paste and ground tomatoes.
  12. Fry until the raw smell goes away.
  13. Next add coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder and salt.
  14. Saute everything till oil comes out from the masala.
  15. Now add all the baby potatoes and mix till each potato gets well coated with masala.
  16. Pour 1-1.5 cup water and give a quick mix.
  17. Cover the pan and allow to cook for 8-10 minutes more over low-medium heat.
  18. Adjust the thickness of gravy as desired and add the roasted cumin-red chili powder.
  19. Give a quick mix gently and turn off heat.
  20. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and serve hot along with puri, parathas or with simple rotis or phulkas !


If baby potatoes are not available then the regular potatoes can be used by chopping into potato cubes.
Do not overcook the potatoes, otherwise the whole curry will turn mushy at the end.
Spiciness is totally as per choice.

This post is for the current month’s Food Bloggers Recipe Swap and I was paired with Priya who is a wonderful blogger at The World Through My Eyes. While browsing through her posts, I just loved this Bengali Aloo Dum recipe at first glance. And here is my version of that with slight changes as per my convenience as Niramish Aloo’r Dum / Bengali Dum Aloo.

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  1. Priya Iyer

    Aloor Dum is an eternal favourite of mine, and you have made it so perfectly. 🙂 It looks so delicious and inviting. I want to grab a bite straight off the screen.

  2. Rafeeda AR

    Totally love how that dum aloo looks like… love anything with potatoes in it…

  3. Lizet Flores de Bowen
    Lizet Flores de Bowen

    I want the whole bowl! I love potatoes and all the spices that you added sounds amazing!

  4. Shalini Sridharan
    Shalini Sridharan

    I love dum aloo.. waiting to try your version!

  5. Hayley

    We love this vegan and no onion-garlic aloo recipe with poori, especially foe Sunday brunch.

  6. Chef Mireille

    what a fabulous dish – I have cooked a lot of Bengali food but this is one I am yet to try. Now I definitely will soon!

  7. Simplyfood

    I love potato dishes and dum aloo is one of my favorites.This recipe looks really flavourful and tasty.

  8. MySpicyKitchen

    I always think of doing no onion garlic recipes but always forget. This is a good one to start with. Aloor dum looks so delicious and a perfect side dish!!

  9. Narmadha

    Dum Aloo looks so colorful and mouthwatering. Love your no onion garlic version. I always make with onions and garlic.

  10. Lathiya

    who can hate such cute potatoes..I love potatoes and bengali style dum aloo looks lip smacking

  11. veena

    oooh. That looks so good. A potato lover would want the whole bowl. Beautifully clicked too

  12. Sandhya Ramakrishnan
    Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    I can't take my eyes off the baby potatoes. I make the Kashmiri style dum aloo and this is a good change from the what I make regularly. My boys love dum aloo and I will make this version soon!

  13. Pavani

    Dum aloo looks absolutely irresistible and colourful. Loved your version and will try it soon. Lovely share .

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