April 15, 2024


Food & Travel Enthusiast

Recipe: Aloo Dum Wai Wai

Scour the streets of Darjeeling and you won’t be able to miss out on coming upon someone creating Aloo Dum.

“It can be observed throughout the yr and everywhere, which includes at university canteens, vacationer spots, markets, and close to bus stops,” states Chef Anthony Tamang. And it is really fairly a distinctive recipe from the cherry-on-top rated, unauthentic Kashmiri Aloo Dum that unfortunately lurks in the Mughlai food items sections of about fifty percent the dining places in India.

The chef adds “I particularly love having (the Darjeeling wide range of) Aloo Dum with Wai Wai.” Which is a brand name of prompt noodles that is “predominantly eaten in Darjeeling and Nepal.

“In Darjeeling, when it rains, it isn’t going to feel to prevent for a 7 days or even two, and the weather results in being rather chilly. Experiencing warm Aloo Dum and Wai Wai with buddies, accompanied by their gossip, generates a exceptional practical experience that I come across hard to demonstrate.”

The chef merged his really like for the two to create a splendid chatpata dish Aloo Dum Wai Wai that will soothe your tastebuds and remind you of your vacay in the bustling city in the eastern Himalayas.

Aloo Dum Wai Wai

Serves: 2


  • 300 gm potatoes
  • 50 ml rai or mustard oil
  • 10 gm kalonji or nigella seeds
  • 120 gm tomato puree
  • 5 gm inexperienced chillies, chopped
  • 5 gm Kashmiri pink chilly powder
  • 1 tsp haldi or turmeric powder
  • 10 gm garlic paste
  • 15 gm ginger paste
  • Salt to flavor, all around 1-2 tsp
  • 200 ml drinking water

To serve

  • 20 gm onions, chopped
  • Modest bunch fresh eco-friendly dhania or coriander or cilantro, chopped
  • Lemon wedges
  • 1 packet Wai Wai vegetable noodles, cooked (you can also use cooked Maggi)
  • Handful deep-fried noodles, for garnish


  • Boil the potatoes in a tension cooker with drinking water in excess of significant warmth for 3 whistles.
    Take off warmth, neat, open up the strain cooker and drain water.
  • Meanwhile, in a compact bowl, combine the Kashmiri purple chilly powder, turmeric, salt and 200 ml h2o.
    Blend nicely and keep apart.
  • Peel and slice the cooled potatoes into medium-sized cubes. 
    You might refrigerate the boiled potatoes for about 10-15 minutes immediately after they have cooled — it aids make them company and much easier to reduce into cubes.
  • Warmth the mustard oil in a kadhai about medium warmth.
    Include the kalonji seeds.
    Then the ginger paste and the garlic paste.
    Include the chopped green chillies.
    Saute for a several minutes.
    Increase the tomato puree.
    Simmer for 4-5 minutes.
    Insert the potato cubes and stir.
    Fry frivolously so that the potatoes are very well-coated with the masala.
    Increase the crimson chilly powder-turmeric-salt-drinking water combination.
    Stir and include the kadhai and allow the combination simmer until finally its gravy thickens a bit.
    Never enable the ras or gravy dry up wholly.
    Get off heat.
    Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, onions, fried noodles and a lemon wedge (make sure you see the pic earlier mentioned).
    Serve very hot with the cooked Wai Wai noodles.

Anthony Tamang is the government chef at Geist Brewing Co, Hennur, Bengaluru.