Dahi ke Aloo (Potato and Yogurt Soup) from Prerna of Indian Simmer

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on July 7, 2011

I dont know many other people who are as passionate about Indian cooking as Prerna is. Today, I am delighted to introduce her to you, via her guest post and this delicious recipe for dahi ke aloo (potato and yogurt soup). Her gorgeous blog, Indian Simmer is full of mouthwatering recipes and some of the best photography I’ve seen in the blogosphere. Take it away Prerna..

Like countless others I have always drooled over Sala’s flawless photography and her fabulous recipes. They always make you come back and look for some more, don’t they? So doing a guest post for her and cooking something for her readers was truly an honor. Thanks so much Sala for letting me do this!

I am here today with something very simple and as my husband says something very carby. Ok, raise your hands if you don’t like potatoes … everyone loves potatoes! At least I do, or maybe I like it a little more than I should but I don’t regret it. As a child I was the pickiest eater and potato was the only vegetable I could eat (does that count as a true vegetable?). But now that I am past that phase, potatoes still remain a favorite because you can do so much with them. Especially in Indian cooking when you can make something as royal as a Mughlai Aloo Dum or a simple stir fry, potatoes will always shine. The recipe I am sharing today is one such recipe.

Dahi  is hindi for yogurt and Aloo means potatoes. When potatoes are cooked in tangy and creamy yogurt with some few simple spices they become Dahi Ke Aloo. I call it potato and yogurt soup. My mom serves it with hot and crisp fresh out of the griddle rotis, I serve them with some fresh baguettes. Whatever you call them or whichever way you serve them they still remain classic comfort food and an easy quick fix dish.

Dahi Ke Aloo or Potato & Yogurt Soup Recipe

serves about 4

Ingredients
4 medium size potatoes (boiled, peeled)
2 cups yogurt (room temperature)
2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil (extra to drizzle on top of your soup)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (a little extra if you want to garnish)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 ½ teaspoon coriander powder
Salt to taste

Method
Mash the potatoes. Thoroughly mash one and mash the others to bite size pieces. Set aside.

In a bowl whisk together yogurt and water leaving no lumps.

Heat oil in a medium size pot. Add cumin seeds. Once they start to pop, add turmeric and coriander powder. Mix the spices together and add potatoes immediately. Mix spices well with the potatoes.

Stir in the thinned yogurt. Mix it well together with the potatoes. Wait till the soup comes to a nice rolling boil and then add salt.

You can serve it hot. I like mine lukewarm with some extra virgin olive oil drizzled and some red pepper flakes sprinkled on top.

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1 Sharmilee July 7, 2011 at 1:31 am

Wow very well presented and yum soup

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2 Rosa July 7, 2011 at 1:42 am

That soup is very interesting! It looks so palatable.

I love Prerna’s blog. She is so talented and here food is magnificent.

Cheers,

Rosa

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3 Joyti July 7, 2011 at 2:27 am

This looks and sounds delicious. Very comforting too..

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4 Zita July 7, 2011 at 3:03 am

Yum, this soup looks stunning! I need to make it ASAP! :)

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5 Zarah July 7, 2011 at 4:38 am

Looks absolutely fantastic! Your site is a truly wonderful place with TONS of inspiration. Thank you!

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6 a spoonful of yumm July 7, 2011 at 5:05 am

hey the soup looks yummy ! carby maybe, but potatoes still rock :D

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7 The Mistress of Spices July 7, 2011 at 5:59 am

This sounds fabulous! I love BOTH of your blogs, so it’s lovely to see this guest post!

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8 Notyet100 July 7, 2011 at 7:23 am

Will try this sometime,this one looks so delicious :)

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9 Nithya July 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

Delicious and comforting soup :) Lovely clicks.

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10 Gyrofrog July 7, 2011 at 11:07 am

Sounds good!

One question, what is “thinned yogurt?” Did I miss a step?

Thanks!

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Prerna@IndianSimmer Reply:

You missed step no. 2 :-) Use water to thin your yogurt.

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11 kankana July 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Looks so comforting and delicious. Prerna’s photos are just too amazing with all the color combo she chooses.

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12 Brian @ A Thought For Food July 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Haha! I had no idea Prerna was doing a guest post on your wonderful blog. She’s obviously been busy with doing this one and then a guest post for my site.

She has outdone herself with this beautiful soup. That looks so comforting and refreshing all at the same time.

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13 Nishi July 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Ah!!! Who can deny this lovely mouth watering soup?? Wonderfully presented and photographed :)

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14 Olga @ MangoTomato July 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm

this looks fantastic. the carbier, the better ;)

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15 Trudy ~ Veggie num num July 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I did indeed whip this up for our dinner last night and it was delicious, so simple but with lovely spices and of course the wholesome goodness of potatoes, yum! I served it with a few crispy papadums for a tasty meal!! Thank you lovely ladies for this beautiful recipe!

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16 Aarthi July 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm

yummy looking dish

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17 Prerna@IndianSimmer July 8, 2011 at 1:58 am

Thanks so much for your kind words everyone, you are all AWESOME :-) And Sala thanks so much for the opportunity. I had so much fun cooking for you!

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18 query July 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

Is it ok to use butter milk instead of using thinned yogurt?

Last picture color combination is beautiful. Nice job ladies.

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19 Manu July 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I’m a big fan of indian food! This soup looks delicious! The pictures are gourgeous!!!

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20 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets July 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm

What a beautiful dish and especially love the 1st photo. As I already said to dear Prerna on Twitter, she’s been everywhere lately and I LOVE IT =D

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21 Yadi @ShopCookMake July 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Can’t wait to make this!

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22 Divya Vikram July 12, 2011 at 1:14 am

Yummy picture and recipe :)

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23 Challah-girl July 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

Seriously lovely post.

I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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24 Cooking Foodie July 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Yum… potatoes and yogurt is a winning combination…

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25 Stephanie July 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Those foodie pictures are AMAZING! I’m drooling over here. I love soup in the summer.. anything not to have to turn the oven on.

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26 amee July 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I’ve had something verrrry similar and I love it. Such a great combo! And i love it served with crispy white puris. Yumm!!!

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27 Devika July 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm

This is a great summer dish. I recently made almost the same dish and have blogged about it here http://calcuttachow.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/dahi-aloo-potatoes-in-a-yogurt-curry/. I like the use of the crushed red pepper flakes here.

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28 marla July 16, 2011 at 10:53 am

Such a beautiful guest post and the soup looks amazing!

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29 Cynthia July 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Oh my, I can just imagine how great this tastes.

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30 San@EasyVeggieRecipes July 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I love indian food.. specially veggie food. I have just become a vegan for awhile and loving it this way.

Thank you

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31 Pete July 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Nice combination of spices! Delicious soup!

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32 betty August 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm

this looks so good!

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33 Irene @ H.V.R. August 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Great blog! I love soups and this recipe is totally new to me. Thanks for sharing.

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34 Chell October 14, 2011 at 5:23 am

Hiya! I was going to make a potato and leek soup tonight, but as I was perusing this site for future dinner ideas (as I do quite often) came across this and decided to try combining potato and leek with this recipe… perhaps I will create an abomination? It’s on the stove as I type.. it’s quite a strong flavour, but my partner and I enjoy that… thankyou so much for the beautiful recipies and inspiration!

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