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Aloo Posto
(potatoes cooked with poppy seeds paste)

Aloo Posto (potatoes cooked in poppy seeds paste) is a very popular Bengali vegetarian dish. This has come to you via Amrita, a Bengali friend of mine. I am extremely thankful to Amrita who invited me over for lunch and taught me in detail to cook Aloo Posto. All the pictures were taken at Amrita’s kitchen. Amrita made the dish absolute traditional way. Enjoy this delicious aloo posto recipe and please do share your comments. Shuchi.

aloo posto

Ingredients ( serves 4)

  • Potatoes 6-7 medium
  • Onion 1 medium
  • Green chilies 2
  • Panch pohron( mix of nigella seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, fennel seeds) masala 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder ¾ tsp
  • Salt 1¼ tsp
  • Poppy seeds 4 tbsp
  • Cooking oil 3 tbsp

Method of preparation:

  1. Peel, wash and finely cut onion. wash green chilies, emove the stem and finely chop the chilies.
chopped onions
chopped onions
  1. Peel the potatoes, wash them. Cut each potato into 8 pieces.
chopped onions
Potato pieces
  1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok. Add panch phoron. When seeds crackle, add onions. Fry onions until translucents. It takes a couple of minutes to fry onions.
  2. Add potato pieces. Mix well. Fry for a couple of minutes. Add salt and cook potatoes for 5 minutes or until they are half way done.
Potato cooking
Potato cooking
  1. Add turmeric powder and chopped green chilies. Mix well and reduce the heat and cook potatoes for 5 minutes or until they are done.
chopped onions
After adding turmeric powderPotato pieces
  1. While potatoes are cooking grind poppy seeds with a little water and make a fine paste.
  2. Add poppy paste in the cooked potatoes.
chopped onions
After adding poppy paste
  1. Mix well poppy paste with potato pieces. Add 1 tbsp of oil and let it cook for a couple of minutes.
chopped onions
Aloo Posto
  1. Aloo Posto is ready now. Turn of the heat.
  2. Serve delicious aloo posto with roti, or poori. It always tast so good.
chopped onions

Some Tips/ Suggestions:

  1. If you like spicy food add in more green chilies or you can grind green chilies with poppy seeds .
  2. You can garnish this with cilantro leaves.
  3. Traditionally aloo posto is made in mustard oil in Bengal but Amrita made it in olive oil to make a healthier version.
chopped onions

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