Monday, July 2, 2012

Aloo Posto: Diced Potato in Poppy seeds

Aloo Posto is a delicious Bengali recipe generally eaten as a dry accompaniment to a meal of rice and curries.

Here is a recipe of the Aloo Posto


2 tbsp poppy seeds
2 tbsp mustard oil
3 red chillies
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp green chillies, finely chopped
4 medium-sized potatoes, cubed
1 tsp ghee
1 tsp onion paste
Salt to taste


Cut the potatoes into one-inch pieces and soak them in water.

Soak poppy seeds in one cup warm water for 20 minutes. Drain water and grind poppy seeds to make fine paste.

Heat the mustard oil in a pan, add the red chillies, onion, turmeric powder and sauté for 1 minute. Mix the chopped potato pieces and stir fry on medium heat for around 5 minutes.

Mix in the poppy seeds paste, and stir. Put half cup of water and stir fry on low heat till the potatoes are almost cooked. Now, mix in salt and green chillies and toss well. Continue to stir fry for another few minutes. Make sure that potatoes are completely cooked.

Stir in desi ghee and serve hot.


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