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
- 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
- Grind the soaked poppy seeds to make a smooth paste. Keep aside.
- In a wok or deep pan, heat oil. Add nigella seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida.
- 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.
- Add cubed potatoes and stir fry till they are golden brown. Add 2 tbs water, cover and cook for 4 min, stirring in between.
- Once the potatoes are half cooked, add the poppy seed paste and mix well. Cover and cook. Keep stirring in-between.
- When the potatoes are cooked, keep the lid open and adjust the gravy's consistency as per your liking.
- Remove from the fire and serve hot with puris or chapatis (or any indian bread of your choice).
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