Aloo Posto (Potatoes Cooked in Poppy Seed Paste)


  • 4-5 medium sized potatoes, washed, drained and cut into small sized cubes
  • 4-5 tbsp poppy seeds, soaked in lukewarm water for at least 2 hours
  • 2 green chillies
  • 4 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds
  • 1 dry red chilli
  • Salt to taste


  1. Grind the poppyseeds along with 1 green chilli to a smooth paste
  2. In a wok, heat mustard oil and when it starts to smoke, reduce the heat and add nigella seeds and broken dry red chilli
  3. When the seeds splutter, add potatoes and stirfry for 2-3 minutes
  4. Add a little water, salt and cook covered on low flame
  5. When the potatoes are almost cooked, add the poppyseed paste, 1 green chilli and sauté till the paste coats the potatoes
  6. Drizzle a tsp of mustard oil in the end, mix well and serve hot with rice and dal

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