bengali aloo posto

Bengali Aaloo Posto / Poppy Seeds Potatoes

Bengali kitchen is incomplete without poppy seeds because they are using it most of the veg or non veg recipes . Aaloo Posto is one of the common curry for every Bengalies . They used to have it at least once in a week. So below is the recipe is very simple and very tasty Bengali Aaloo Posto. Poppy seeds are "Posto" in Bengali and "Khus Khus" in Hindi and Urdu.
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 15minutes
  • Potatoes (peeled and cut in cubed) - 3 to 4
  • Turmeric Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Poppy seeds (khus khus) - 4 tbsp
  • Panch Phoron (mix of 5 whole Indian spices seeds)  - 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Dry red chilli - 1
  • Bay Leaf - 2
  • Green chilies - 3 to 4
  • Tomato (chopped) - 1
  • Fresh coriander for garnishing
  • Oil
Method :
  • First grind poppy seeds in a mixer with ½ cup water and 2 green chilies into a paste . It should be a thick in consistency.
  • Heat up oil in a kadai/pan till reaches smoking level.
  • Add bay leaf,dry red chillies and when they start to darken.
  • Then put panch Phoron when it will start splatter.
  • Add potato cubes and shallow fry for two to three minutes.
  • Now add turmeric powder, tomato and salt, mix well.
  • Add half cup of water, cover and stir fry on low heat up till the potatoes are almost done.
  • Now Add the posto/poppy seeds paste and again cook on medium heat till the paste has uniformly coated the potatoes.
  • This is a dry dish, so wait till most of the liquid evaporates.
  • Garnish with a chopped coriander leaf and green chilli sliced.
  • Serve it with steamed rice and daal .