Aloo Posto

Can you believe this classic Bengali dish is vegan? It pairs perfectly with chapati or as a side dish with rice and dal.

Ingredients (serves 4) 

  • 3-4 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 3 tbsp poppy seeds 
  • 2 green chillies 
  • 1 tsp jeera or cumin seeds 
  • 1 tsp haldi or turmeric powder 
  • 2 dried red chillies 
  • Salt to taste 
  • A little coriander, chopped 
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil 


  1. Heat a pan and roast the poppy seeds for about one minute Allow them to cool and blend with green chilies and some water to form a paste
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil and deep fry the potatoes till they are golden-brown. Set aside to cool
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in another pan. Add in cumin seeds, turmeric powder, and dried red chillies. Stir, and as they splatter add in the poppy seed paste and salt
  4. Cook for 2 minutes and add in the potatoes. Sprinkle little water and let it simmer for about 10 minutes on low heat
  5. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander

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