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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Aloo Posto (Potato in Poppy seed paste)

One of the very popular Bengali recipes is Aloo Posto. And Aloo Posto is my favourite side dish, which goes along well with rice and daal. I find it to be extremely tasty and very easy to cook. 'Aloo Posto' is potato cooked in poppy seeds paste. It's a please try it at least once. I'm sure you will relish it with your loved ones.

Serves: 4, Preparation time: 20-25 minutes

5-6 medium-sized Potatoes 
3-4 Green chillies
4 tbsp Poppy seeds (khus khus)
1/2 tsp Onion seeds (kalongi)
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
2 tbsp Mustard oil
1 tsp pure Ghee
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 cup Water

*To make a Posto Bata (Poppy seeds paste): Soak in 1/2 cup water for overnight. This will give you best results as soaking for a longer time make it easier to grind. Next morning grind the poppy seeds in Mixer/Grinder with as little water as possible and add 2 green chillies, salt. For better results we do it in a traditional way i.e ground in a Sheel Nora (Grinding Stone) in India.

Cut the potatoes into one-inch pieces and soak them in water. Heat up mustard oil in a pot till it reaches smoking point. Remove, let it cool down. Heat it again on medium flame, add kalongi and potato. Mix well. Fry on low flame, stirring all the while. Add sugar, salt, 2 slit green chillies, red chilli powder and poppy seed paste. Cover the lid and fry on meduim heat for 5 minutes. Add a cup of water, cover and stir fry on low flame till the potatoes are almost done. Finally, when you notice posto paste smeared on the potato cubes, it's time to switch off the gas burner. This is a dry preparation so if there is excess water evaporate it by turning the heat to high. Stir in pure ghee and garnish with green chilli. Aloo posto is best served with plain  rice. 

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  1. Hey,
    Nice potato variation. I haven't ever tried potatoes with poppy seeds. Looking yummy yum!

  2. Nice recipe ,liked the addition of poppy seeds.

  3. Hey Deepa

    Aloo posto is my favorite too..yours looks delicious and tasty..I learnt it from our bengoli neighbour in India...Congrats on your award and thanks a ton for sharing with me..

  4. Aloo posto looks delicious and thanks a lot for the Award dear!!!! It really means lot to me:)

  5. aloo posto looks so delicious,,perfect with chapathi..

  6. mmm such delicious looking curry and that too with our favorite potato..totally delectable.

  7. Great dish and nice picture too....

  8. Deepa,

    Aloo posto looks really yummy

  9. Congrats on your award dear!!! Aloo Posto looks very tempting and delicious!!!

  10. Congrats on your award.The recipe looks delicious nrver cooked aloo in this way but will surely book mark and try this recipe.

  11. Congrats on the award...aloo looks flavored..

  12. Slurp!!!thats a fantastic aloo posto, looks yummy...Congrats on ur awards..

  13. Aloo posto look very tempting... Congrats on your award.

  14. Lovely Aloo Posto dear..I make aloo janhi posto too sometimes..

  15. woww striking name,but i think we dont get poppy seeds here. congrats on ur award dear,wish many more to come and thankyou so much for thinking abt me & sharing.

  16. oh, aalo poshto is my favorite! yours look delicious and mouth-watering. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Deepa, you both have a great space here with so many delicious recipes that I'll be sure to follow it from now on.

  17. Thank You soooooo much ALL for your lovely comments.

  18. This is something new 2 me .Luks very tasty!tnx 4 posting.
    n Congrats on ur well deserved award dear

  19. Congrats :)

    Between i will accept all other 6 awards you have passed along with one i have me with great pleasure.

  20. Interesting recipe..Congrats on your award Deepa :-)

  21. looks delicious dear! congratulations on ur lovely award!!

  22. Very interesting potato dish...looks very tasty! Congrats on your award :)

  23. Dear Deepa
    very nice and you have maintained every thing intact of this traditional recipe! Roj sakal e bread , kala , milk khey khey tired..and on top of that ei recipe paDa, na khete pa-oa, minus kitchen etc is quite jantrna dayak :-)
    Nov Kolkata giye chhilam
    Bhalo theko

  24. I love aloo posto very much and often prepare and eat alongwith moong dal. Wonderful presentation. Aloo posto looks delicious and tempting.

  25. Thnks Deepa for visiting my page. Dol e santiniketan jete aproni?next time eso sabai mile enjoy kara jabe. as for the blog you two have created a lovely space with so many mouth watering recipes. alu posto to all time fav. ektu dimer jhol die aha. swargo.

  26. Would love to try out Bengali dishes..looks very inviting..

  27. Potato with poppy seeds paste sounds new and interesting! Will give a try

  28. Congrats on your award Deepa:) aloo posto looks great and reminded me of Kolkata:)

  29. Hi I love Aloo Posto and love eating it with Lucchi. I had posted it in my blog too sometime back and gladly it was appreciated by my Bengali friends..
    Keep visiting Deepa :-)

  30. so yummy!!
    congrats on ur award :)

  31. excellent recipe with the addition of poppy seeds!

  32. wow yummy aloo posto...nice recipe, i love it

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  34. Hey very nice recipe....congrats on ur award and thanks a lot for passing it on to really means a lot!!!

  35. Made your aloo posto, turned out very well, check out my blog when you have time..


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