Aloo posto – Potatoes with poppy seeds

‘Aloo posto’ is like an anthem in every Bengali household around the world. πŸ™‚ Another traditional vegetarian food.

Posto = poppy seeds = khus khus (Hindi).

It may sound like a boast, but Bengali women dominates, though we are not a complete Matriarchal Society.Β I loved this article on Modern Matriarchy Β

But we Bengali are a dominating lot πŸ˜‰ Goddess Durga and Kali combo πŸ˜› . For more information……..

Women are the centre stage in a Bengali household……and Bengali men are considered good husband material πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

Kitchen is part of that centre stage πŸ˜‰

Aloo posto is a much loved and prepared food in our community. Best part is, it is easy to cook, few ingredients, light on the palate πŸ™‚

aloo posto

Here’s what i did………


3 nos – medium sized potatoes (peeled and cubed)

1/2 tsp – tumeric powder

2 nos – green chili

1 1/4 tbsp – poppy seeds

1/4 tsp – nigella seeds

2 tsp – oil

1 tsp – sugar

salt to taste


Soak the poppy seeds for 30 mins and then grind it into a fine paste with 1 green chili.

Heat oil in a wok and temper with the nigella seeds. Wash the cubed potatoes and add it it to the tempered oil. Saute for 2-3 mins on high flame. Add the poppy paste, tumeric, salt and sugar. Slit the remaining green chili and add. Stir for a min and 1 cup of water. Cover and cook on low flame till potatoes are tender. If water remains, increase the flame and stir till all water dries up. Take it off fire.

Serve hot with steaming rice and pink lentils.

aloo posto

P.S. One may add thinly sliced onion before adding the potatoes. Posto can be cooked with several other seasonal vegetables and can also be made into fritters with/without freshly grated coconut.

Happy cooking !!! πŸ™‚

Cheers !! πŸ˜‰



About andy

hi there.....friends call me Andy :) I am a school teacher by profession. Passionate about reading, some random experimental cooking, some hit 'n' miss photography......and i am a dreamer ;) Thank you for popping by :)
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14 Responses to Aloo posto – Potatoes with poppy seeds

  1. apsara says:

    yummy! I have heard of aloo posto, but did not know it was this simple!

  2. Such an easy peasy yumm recipe. Andy, adding to my list :).

  3. Looks yum yum Andy….

  4. Charanya says:

    I am so making fritters πŸ™‚

  5. I love aloo poshto. I really do need to make it at home. It is just that I have enough Bengalis in my life to keep me supplied with a steady dose that I have never tried it.

    Will do so soon.

  6. Chhapanbhog says:

    It looks yumm Andy…:) aloo my fav. I am addicted to them…:)

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