Aloo Posto | How to make Aloo Posto

By Trisha Rudra  |  21st Apr 2018  |  
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About Aloo Posto Recipe

It might be one of the most common Bengali dishes, but cooking a good Aloo Posto, that is both authentic and delicious isn't that easy. This recipe however, is... A simple Bengali staple of potatoes cooked in poppy-seed paste, with a tempering of nigella seeds and green chilies. Bliss!

Aloo Posto

Ingredients to make Aloo Posto

  • potatoes - 4 large, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • poppy seeds - 2 tbsp, soaked in water, preferably drinking water as they will soak up the liquid
  • Nigella seeds/kalonji - 1/2 tsp
  • salt - to taste
  • Green chilies - 3 to 4
  • turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • mustard oil - 3 tbsp

How to make Aloo Posto

  1. Wash and peel the potatoes, then chop them and rinse thoroughly to get rid of the starch.
  2. Using a chutney grinder, make a smooth, thick paste of the poppy seeds/posto. Don't be tempted to add water. If needed, add 1/2 tsp water at a time.
  3. Heat a deep-bottomed kadhai with mustard oil. When the oil is smoking, add the nigella seeds and green chilies.
  4. Next add the potatoes, and toss well. Then season with turmeric, red chili powder and salt.
  5. Add a lid and cook potatoes for 4 to 5 minutes. Once they start sweating (becoming soft), add the posto/poppy-seed paste and mix well.
  6. Add 1/2 cup of water, and again add a lid and cook until potatoes are cooked through and the posto has lost its rawness.
  7. You may keep the posto as thin or as dry as you like, we like it almost dry, just clinging to the potatoes. Hence, on medium-high heat, cook for another 2-3 minutes. Keep scraping the kadhai as the poppy-seed paste will be sticky.
  8. When the aloo posto is almost dry, switch off heat and serve hot. This is best eaten with steamed rice and biuli or kolai er dal (Bengali style urad dal)

My Tip:

You can enjoy Aloo posto with hot rice and ghee as well. Adding some sliced onions will make for an even delicious dish.

Reviews for Aloo Posto (1)

Milli Garg10 months ago

Excellent recipe.