Tuesday, 22 January 2013

ALOO POSTO ( POTATO WITH POPPY SEEDS)

One of the most popular Bengali dishes. Posto or poppy seeds is an integral part of the cuisine of west Bengal. This dishes is hot favorite in my house. Oftentimes in my house I used to serve this dishes with hot rice and dal.

Aloo posto 

INGREDIENTS:


Potato.......... 300 gms; peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.

Poppy seeds.......... 4 tbsp; ground to a fine paste

Turmeric powder.......... 1/4 tsp (optional)

Black cumin seeds(kalojeera).......... 1/2 tsp

Green chillies.......... 4-6; slit

Oil.......... 1 tbsp

Salt.......... as per taste

Sugar.......... 1 tsp; or to taste


HOW TO COOK:

  • Wash and drain the potatoes.
  • Rub in 1 tsp salt and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a wok.
  • Add the potato, turmeric powder and stir on a high flame for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add green chillies, salt and sugar.
  • Cover and cook on a low flame.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • If the potatoes tend to stick to the bottom add a little water.
  • When the potato are half done, add the posto(poppy seeds) oaste.
  • Check and adjust seasoning and cook till the potatoes are cooked.
  • If required you may add a little more oil.
  • Garnish with green chillies and serve with plain rice.

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