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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Aloo Posto



Aloo Posto (Potato cooked in poppy seed paste) is a delicious & popular Bengali recipe generally eaten as a dry accompaniment with a meal of steamed rice and daal. This recipe finds a place with biulir daal (urad daal) in every other Sunday afternoon lunch at our home.

Ingredients:
  • 4-5 medium sized potatoes
  • 4 tbsp poppy seeds / posto / khuskhus
  • ¼ cup water (to make poppy seeds paste)
  • 2 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 bay leaf / tej patta
  • 3 green chillies
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ cup water
  • salt to taste

Procedure:

  1. Wash, peel and dice the potatoes into one inch sized cubes.
  2. Take a pan, boil water and steam the potatoes a little (ensure that the potatoes do not become too mushy). Keep aside.
  3. Soak poppy seeds in 1 cup of boiled water for 30 mins. Drain and put poppy seeds in a blender. Add 1 green chilli, ½ tsp salt and ¼ cup water and blend to form a smooth paste.
  4. Heat oil in a kadhai. Add bay leaf & panchphoron and let them splutter.
  5. Reduce the flame. Add the poppy paste, 2 green chillies, red chili powder and salt and stir fry for 3-4 mins.
  6. Add the semi-cooked potatoes to the poppy paste, mix well and again stir fry for 2-3 mins.
  7. Add water and cook till the water evaporates and the potatoes are done.
  8. Transfer in a serving bowl and serve hot with rice and daal.

Tip:

Instead of steaming the potatoes, you can directly cook them with the poppy paste with enough water to cook the potatoes until tender.

2 comments:

sulagna chatterjee said...

heyii thanks a lot for the super-simple receipe....keep up the tastefull work :)

love
Sulagna

Mona said...

Recipe was really good

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