This is an all time favorite for any Bengali or someone with a love for Bengali cuisine and we’d like to steal and tweak the tag line to suit our purpose- when its Aloo Poshto, no one can eat just a bit. A fine blend of sauted potatoes in a black caraway and green chili seasoned oil and steamed in poppy seed paste, Aloo poshto is a traditional holiday lunch special, or popularly called as “chhutir diner khabar” that’s extremely easy to make and quite easily makes your day.
- Potatoes: 4 large, cubed
- Poppy seed paste: half cup ( See recipe below)
- Black carraway (Kalonji): 1 teaspoon
- Green chili: 3-4 slit and seeded.
- Red chili powder: 1/2 tbsp
- Salt to taste
- Sugar: 1/2 teaspoon
- Oil: 2 tbsp
- Heat oil in a wok till smoking. Add green chilies and black caraway seeds to season the oil. When the green chilies turn a shade brown and the oil is fragrant, pour in the cubed potatoes. Cover and cook the potatoes till tender and mix in the poppy seed paste.
- Let it cook for another 10 minutes on sim or until the paste is thicker and sticks to the potato cubes.
- Serve hot with Cholar daal and steamed rice.
Poppy seed paste recipe
1. Soak a fistful of poppy seeds in warm water for atleast an hour
2. Drain and grind with salt, one green chili and 1/2 a teaspoon of oil.
3. Cover and keep.