Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Aloo Posto

Potatoes cooked with poppy seeds - A popular and very easy Bengali preparation.


4 Potatoes medium-sized
2 tbsp Poppy seeds, slightly roasted
1/2 tsp onion seeds (kalonji)
2 Green chillies
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
2 tbsp curd
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp ghee
Salt to taste
Green coriander leaves


  • Boil the potatoes and cut in small cubes. (Do not over cook potatoes) 
  • Soak the poppy seeds in half a cup of warm water for an hour. Throwaway the excess water and grind to a fine paste.
  • Heat the oil in a pan, add onion seeds, when seeds start crackle and add the green chillies. 
  • Add potato pieces and stir fry on medium heat up for 5 min, stirring frequently.
  • Mix in the poppy seeds paste, stir and add half cup of water, cover and fry on low heat till the potatoes are almost done.
  • Take off the lid; mix in salt, turmeric powder and curd.
  • Mix well and continue to cook for a min or till potatoes are completely cooked, top with some ghee and coriander leaves.
  • Serve Aloo posto hot with steamed rice/pooris and any curry.


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