The only common factor is the aloo / potato. Otherwise, there is absolutely no similarity in any of them.
I had been craving Odisha's Aloo dom for a long while. These days, it is almost next to impossible to get hold of it .... not even on my visits home.
And no matter how much ever I tried, I just could not get it right .... whenever I have tried to make it by myself.
It always lacked that special flavour; that something that goes 'zing!' inside your head and your heart sings either 'yes!!' or 'home!'.
I have never eaten it at home ... our cook never made it.
I had tasted it only at my Odiya friends' houses or eaten it as a chaat / street food.
So,whenever I thought of it, I would get that twist in my heart ... almost leading me to sadness.
And yes, I had often wallowed in the self induced morbidity that I might die before I got to taste my favourite Odiya Aloo dom, ever again.
This wonderful lady from a group answered my question for the authentic Odiya Aloo dom, mentioning that it has been Aloo tarkari / curry all the while and has no idea when it started to be called the Aloo dom.
I got some baby potatoes the very next day and made this Aloo dom, which is often served as a street food in Odisha ... served with a dash of this and that spice, chopped onions and other condiments. Quickly tossed and plated out in a small bowl made of a leaf of a local tree ... the shaal tree.
This is eaten with luchis, parathas or puris too, and usually for breakfast or dinner.
I had in mind to pair it with something else too ... post coming up soon.
Will be quiet for a while now.
Too depressed with the rampant plagiarism all over ... especially idea plagiarism.
Makes me want to stop blogging or sharing recipes or tips altogether.
Ok ... here is the recipe ...
Heat mustard oil ... add chopped onions and fry till translucent.
Add bay leaf + jeera and + dhania powder + turmeric + salt + red chili powder + ginger garlic paste.
Add blanched tomatoes or freshly cut tomatoes ..fry the masala till oil oozes out.
Add boiled and cut potatoes + water , cover and cook.
Add garam masala and simmer for a couple of minutes.