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 !! 😀