{friendship series} A terrific Dum Aloo recipe

21 Feb

Two years back I badgered some of my closest friends to share their favourite recipes with me. Soon enough I collected a good number of their favorite recipes for the ” Friendship Series”. Now that I have tried their recipes and I think each of them is absolutely stunning and worthy of all the praises that I can possibly shower. Apart from the agenda that included collecting of recipes, I wanted to capture the essence of my relationship with all these beautiful people. In this post, I share a wonderful recipe of Dum Aloo that my dear friend Ankur shared with me.


I met Ankur in 2005 as a colleague with the first company I worked for after completing my Masters. My first impression of her was that she was extremely fastidious and diligent as far as her work was concerned. Also, I noticed she laughed a lot. A lot. Her infectious laughter drew me to her and we started interacting a lot more. She admired the way I could put my eye liner in a few strong strokes while I tried to absorb her indefatigable zest for life. We bonded over office gossip, short lived crushes and conversations about food and cooking.

BedmiPuri9Ankur has always been a good sounding board and even after we moved countries with our respective spouses and (now) children, we never lost touch. An occasional email, a quick phone call or chats on gmail have been ways that we have kept in touch. Sharing recipes. pictures of our children helps us keep track of what’s going on in each other’s lives. Recently, Ankur has taken to baking like a fish takes to water and it is amazing how quickly she is churning out one baked treat after the other.



Some of my favourite moments with Ankur have been on our all-friends trip to Goa. It was once in a life time kind of carefree trip where we roamed on bikes far and wide on the roads of Goa.

Goa Trip 281 (2)

Ankur is a terrific ¬†cook and it is no surprise that I turn back to her recipes time and again. This Dum Aloo recipe uses next to zilch amount of oil and is so quick to prep and whip up. This has become my go-to recipe whenever I have guests to entertain. As a brilliant accompaniment, I serve this dum aloo with Ankur’s very own”Bedmi Puri” recipe which I will include in the next post.¬†

Sneak peek at the luscious Bedmi Puri ( next post)

Sneak peek at the luscious Bedmi Puri ( next post)


My friendship stories with Ankur will continue in the next post with her luscious “Bedmi Puri” Recipe which is a western U.P. specialty.

Until then, a brilliant weekend to one and all.

P.S. If you are interested in reading some exciting fantasy fiction, you can head over to my other blog to catch up with a book I had written last year for a competition. I am posting chapter by chapter, once every week.

6 Responses to “{friendship series} A terrific Dum Aloo recipe”

  1. Ankur February 22, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    Anu I m honoured and truly speechless in expressing how I feel about this post…. I have always looked up to and you are my inspiration and motivation in endless things….I m glad we met and really hope to see u in person soon….. Wish u alll the very best in everything you do…. Love u muuuuaaaahhhhh

  2. yummychunklet February 23, 2014 at 4:28 am #

    Such a colorful dish! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Moya @Food and Tools February 24, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    Special recipes with memories will always taste wonderful, especially with that added ingredient of long friendship. Congratulations on writing a book :)

  4. The Editors of Garden Variety February 24, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    My oh my your dish looks wonderful!

  5. Deena Kakaya February 26, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    what a sweet story. As I grow older I value my friends more, seeing your pics I stopped what I was doing and sent my dearest and oldest one a quick message. As for the recipe, who doesnt love Dum Aloo? Delicious pictures x


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