Aloo Posto Recipe: A Main Course Potato Dish (Indian Food)

Potatoes are well used in various Indian cuisines. Be it Punjabi, Bengali, Kashmiri or Delhi food… all of these widely different cuisines have an amazing variety of main course dishes that use potatoes as the main ingredient. The so-called South Indian food, too, goes much beyond the idli-dosa routine. Every region has its own special ingredient and choice of spices, and you can cook the same vegetable in numerous ways by following various Indian cooking styles. Here is a typical Bengali potato dish…

White Poppy Seeds

You can buy poppy seeds from many online Indian spices stores, including this one.
You can buy poppy seeds from many online Indian spices stores, including this one. | Source

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sized potatoes, cut in small cubes
  • 4 tbs poppy seeds, soaked in water for 15 min
  • 3 tbs mustard oil
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds, (Hindi name Kalonji)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, (Hindi name Jeera)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida, (Hindi name Heeng)
  • 2 green chillies, slit lengthwise
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

Instructions

  1. Grind the soaked poppy seeds to make a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  2. In a wok or deep pan, heat oil. Add nigella seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida.
  3. As soon as the seeds start popping, add the slit chillies. Quickly stir for 10 seconds (be careful as seeds of the chillies tend to pop), and then add turmeric powder and salt.
  4. Add cubed potatoes and stir fry till they are golden brown. Add 2 tbs water, cover and cook for 4 min, stirring in between.
  5. Once the potatoes are half cooked, add the poppy seed paste and mix well. Cover and cook. Keep stirring in-between.
  6. When the potatoes are cooked, keep the lid open and adjust the gravy's consistency as per your liking.
  7. Remove from the fire and serve hot with puris or chapatis (or any indian bread of your choice).

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: serves 4

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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

I love Indian food, especially the way spices are mixed in a potato dish like this. Thanks for sharing, and welcome to the Hubpages Community Page!


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shrutiwrites 3 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Thanks for the welcome Michelle! Glad to know that you love Indian food. I'll be sharing many more easy Indian recipes. Hope you enjoy them all!


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torrilynn 3 years ago

Shrutiwrites,

Thanks for this recipe

It was unique and I like unique

I generally classify unique as something

that Ive never heard of before or diff.

from the rest. Keep up the great work.

Voted up.


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shrutiwrites 3 years ago from Mumbai, India Author

Thanks for the appreciation Torri. This is one of the very common recipes among Bengalis (people from the West Bengal state of India). I'm not a Bengali though, but I love the flavours. Do try this.

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