Aloo -dhNarosh posto / Potato -okra with poppy seeds

Ask a Bengali about ‘posto’ , and we turn into Shakespeare 😉 We love our ‘posto’ ❤

Posto = Poppy seeds, is an important ingredient along with tumeric and mustard oil in every Bong (Bengali) kitchen. Uses are multiple and changes from recipe to recipe.

It is a fallacy that we Bongs only specialize in non -vegetarian food. My blog is a good example, that we are experimental and love our vegetarian food as much we love ‘maach’ (fish), ‘maangsho’ (meat) and ‘dim’ (egg).



Here’s presenting today aloo -dhNrosh posto from the Vegetarian Fusion Platter


Here’s what I did………..


150 grams – okra /bhindi

2 nos – medium sized potato

2 nos – green chili

1/2 tsp – sugar

2 tbsp – mustard oil

pinch of tumeric powder

pinch of nigella seeds /kalonji

salt to taste

For poppy seed paste :

2 tbsp – poppy seeds

1 nos – green chili

1 cup – warm water

water to grind


To make poppy seed paste :

Soak the poppy seeds in a cup of warm water for 20 mins. Strain and grind with 1 green chili to paste. Add water if required. Keep aside.

Peel and potatoes and cut them lengthwise. Wash and keep aside.

Wash the okras /bhindis. Wipe them thoroughly. Cut the okras 1 ” in length. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, temper with nigella seeds. Add the potatoes. Saute for 2 mins. Add the okra. Saute for another 2 mins. Tip in the poppy paste. Slit the green chillies from the centre and add it to the vegetables.

Lower the heat, cover and cook for 3 -4 mins. Add salt and sugar and cook till vegetables are tender, gently stirring in between.


Serve hot with rice and lentils.

Happy cooking !! 🙂

Cheers !! 😀




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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4 Responses to Aloo -dhNarosh posto / Potato -okra with poppy seeds

  1. One more poshto to try….. 🙂

  2. Sophie33 says:

    MMMMMMMMMMMM,… It all looks so appetizing! Yum!

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