Aloo Poshto- Potatoes cooked in poppy seeds

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.



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