This authentic Bengali Aloo Posto is a perfect side to enjoy with Luchi or Dal Rice. The soft morsels of potatoes coated with a creamy poppy seeds coating with a hint of spice from green chilli are a treat to the taste buds.
About This Recipe
Aloo Posto is an authentic Bengali dish where Aloo means ‘Potatoes’ and Posto means ‘Poppy Seeds’. In this recipe, potatoes or aloo are cooked with poppy seeds. It gets its spiciness from the green chillies, which goes really well with the poppy seeds paste.
Make sure to cook this dish only in mustard oil, to get that authentic Bengali flavour. It is made in every Bengali household for their everyday meals.
This popular dish of West Bengal is best enjoyed with steamed rice or roti along with a dal on the side. I personally like to pair it with crispy Parathas.
Potato – The key ingredient of this recipe are Potatoes. Potatoes are peeled, cubed and then used to make this dish.
Mustard Oil – Always make this Bengali Aloo dish in Mustard Oil for the best flavors. Do not use any other oil, as you will not get the authentic flavour from the same.
Poppy Seeds – White Poppy Seed is the ingredient that makes this Aloo recipe different from others. Poppy seeds are powdered and then added into the roasted potatoes along with some green chillies and water.
Other Ingredients – Other than these, you will need mustard oil, nigella seeds, green chillies.
Some people also add turmeric powder and dried red chillies in their recipes but I don’t. You can feel free to add these ingredients if you wish to. You can also add Panch Phoran for tempering instead of only cumin seeds and kalonji.
Make sure the poppy seeds are fresh. They get a very stale smell if they are kept for long. I always store poppy seeds in refrigerator. This way their shelf life increase a lot.
Step by Step Recipe
Mustard Oil for the Win – Heat oil in a pan. Let the oil reach its smoking point and then switch off the heat and let the oil cool a little bit.
Tempering – Switch on the heat and add cumin seeds and kalonji seeds in the oil and let them crackle for a few seconds.
Aloo – Add the chopped potatoes and stir for 2-3 minutes.
Posto – Meanwhile, add in the poppy seeds in the mixer jar.
Grind it into a powder.
Add poppy seeds paste and green chillies along with 1/2 cup water and mix well to coat the potatoes with the mixture.
Cover the pan.
Let the potatoes cook nicely on medium flame. Add salt and cook for another minute. Add some more water if the potatoes are too dry and cook for another minute.
Frequently Asked Questions
This is a fairly simple dish to make except the fact that grinding poppy seeds to make a smooth paste can be a challenge.
Traditionally, the poppy seeds were ground on stone mortar with a stone grinder. But now, it’s not used in most homes so we will have to look around for other options.
After much experimenting, I have figured out that a coffee grinder is the best gadget to grind the tiny seeds into a fine powdery consistency. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, try grinding the seeds in the smallest jar of your blender and in larger quantity.
You can freeze the remaining powder for later use but it will make the process easier. Slightly roast the seeds before grinding them to make the process even easier. You can also soak the poppy seeds and then grind them.
You can make aloo posto with onion as well. Fry the onion in oil until lightly browned. Then add potato cubes and follow the recipe as mentioned below.
Aloo Posto with Ridge Gourd is a very popular version of this dish and is made in many traditional Bengali households.
To make it, peel 200g ridge gourd and cut them into cubes. Add them along with the poppy seed paste in the below-mentioned recipe.
It stays good for 2 days when store in the refrigerator. Pack it in an airtight container and then place it in the fridge.
Reheat it in a pan or in microwave thoroughly before serving.
It is best served with simple Dal Bhaat, that is a combination of Steamed Rice and Dal. You can also serve it with Luchi.
It tastes the best along with some Cholar Dal, Macher Jhol and Steamed Rice, if you want to enjoy a Bengali meal.
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Aloo Posto Recipe
- 500 g Potato (Peeled and cut into cubes)
- 4 tbsp Poppy Seeds / Khuskhus / Posto (Dry grind in a blender to make a fine powder )
- 2 tbsp Mustard oil
- 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp Kalonji
- 2-3 Green chillies (Slit into halves)
- Salt (To taste)
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Let the oil reach its smoking point and then switch off the heat and let the oil cool a little bit.
- Switch on the heat and add cumin seeds and kalonji seeds in the oil and let them crackle for a few seconds.
- Add potatoes and stir for 2-3 minutes.
- Add poppy seeds powder and green chillies along with 1/2 cup of water and cover the pan.
- Let the potatoes cook nicely.
- Add salt and cook for another minute.
- Serve hot with Phulke or Dal Rice.