Indian Cooking with Plum (Aloo Bukhara): Things to Know

Plum is a popular summer fruit. Also known as aalucha or aloo Bukhara, plum features thin, tart skin with sweet flesh inside.

This fruit is available in different colours. Plum is highly nutritious. It is a rich source of fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This fruit helps in digestion and boosts up immunity.

What is Plum (Aloo Bukhara)?

Indian Cooking with Plum (Aloo Bukhara)

Plum fruit or aloo bukhara is a juicy and sweet stone fruit that grows on trees.

It comes in a variety of colors, including purple, red, yellow, and green, and is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Plums can be eaten fresh, cooked, or dried and are used in various culinary preparations, including desserts, jams, and sauces.

Use of Plum in Indian Cuisines

The best way to relish the flesh of plum is to pick it up and consume it in one go. However, this fruit tastes yummiest when baked or pickled or made jam of.

It is also a part of a royal Nizam meat recipe.  I will share a few most popular plum recipes – they are my favourites as well – in this article.

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Aloo bukhara murg is a chicken (murg) delicacy originated in the Nizam province. It is still popular in different parts of Awadh.

Originally it was prepared with mutton. However, over time, it has got a makeover by replacing mutton with chicken, with other ingredients remaining the same. For authentic taste, you should always stick to fresh mutton.

Chicken chunks are cooked in sweet plum sauce and with aromatic spices. Aloo Bukhara or plum adds a distinct, mild and natural sweetness to the recipe and makes it an absolute delight for taste buds.

The sweet, savoury, flavourful, golden-coloured dish can be your next weekend special along with pudina tawa paratha or butter garlic naan and kachumber.

Plum jam is a popular savoury condiment. Even if you are not a great jam fan, this sweet-tangy-chilli chutney is worth a try!!

Seasoned syrupy plum chaat is a twist to fruit chaat, an extremely popular and scrumptious street food in India.

Fruits are tossed with a little salt, sugar and common Indian spices and topped with chutneys. You can make this chaat with your favourite fruits.

Use of plums brings a tasty and sweetie twist to the dish. This chaat is a perfect snack on any day; however, a rainy day is the best time to relish the bites of juicy plum cuddled by sugary-spicy-tangy syrup.

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Plum juice is a kind of plum drink prepared with chopped plums, lemon juice, jeera powder and pepper powder.

You can also add chopped bananas for a twist in taste.  Banana will add a creamy, sweet touch whereas plum will bring a tangy flavour.

Plum cake is not a Christmas surprise but definitely a delight to devour during this festival.

The richness in taste and flavours makes it a must-have on your platter while spreading love, joy and happiness with your closed ones.

Calorie conscious? Please ignore the calorie profile; otherwise you will never know what it means to dig deep into such an aromatic, juicy, delicious desert.

Do You Peel Plums Before Cooking?

You don’t need to peel the skin of plum; it is edible.

However, if you want to use plums without skin, soak them into boiling water for 15 seconds and then plunge them into cold water immediately.

The skin will come off automatically.

What’s the Best Way to Preserve Plums?

Follow a few steps written below:

  • Wash plums properly and let them dry.
  • Cut the plums in half and deseed the fruits.
  • Remove baby spots (if any).
  • Cut the plums into equal slices.
  • Put them in a zip lock bag.
  • Seal the bag and put it in the refrigerator.

Questions & Answers:

How Does Plum Taste?

Plums have a sweet and juicy taste, with a slightly tart undertone. The flavor can range from delicate and mild to rich and intense, depending on the variety of plum.

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Is It OK to Eat the Skin of a Plum?

The skin of plum is edible.

What is Plum Called in Different Languages?

Plum is called braai in Bengali, aloo bukhara in Hindi, plama in Gujrat, bera in Punjabi, manuka in Marathi, plam in Malayalam, regu in Telugu and pilam in Tamil.


plum (also known as aloo bukhara) is a delicious and nutritious fruit that comes in different colors and can be enjoyed in various forms such as fresh, cooked, or dried.

Plum is a rich source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making it beneficial for digestion and boosting immunity.

Plum is also a popular ingredient in Indian cuisine, with dishes such as aloo bukhara murg, plum jam, seasoned syrupy plum chaat, and plum juice.

The skin of plum is edible, and it can be preserved by cutting it into slices and keeping it in a sealed bag in the refrigerator.

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