aloo posta with green beans

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posta (white poppy seeds) Posta (white poppy seeds) has a wonderful nutty flavour reminiscent of peanuts and sesame seeds.

T used it recently to make the most wonderful potato and green bean Bengali-style curry. Even though it had a couple of chilies in it, it wasn’t really spicy hot at all. It may not be the most beautiful looking dish, but it sure does have a beautiful flavour!

aloo posta with green beans We served it with Bengali fish curry, dahl and rice. It was the perfect dinner for a rainy evening at the end of summer when the nights are getting cool.

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Aloo Posta with Green Beans
potatoes and green beans with white poppy seeds

measurements and timing are approximate…

  • ¼ c posta (white poppy seeds)
  • 2 whole dried chilies, optional
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 2 handfuls (handsful??) green beans
  • 1 onion
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • salt pepper, to taste

Preparation

  1. Grind the posta (we use an electric coffeespice grinder). Soak the ground poppyseeds in enough water to cover for 2 to 6 (or so) hours.
  2. Wash vegetables. Chop potatoes coarsely; trim green beans; chop onion.
  3. Heat oil in a wok over medium high heat. If using, add whole dried chilis and leave to bubble til they are quite dark (but not burned).
  4. Add potatoes and stir fry over medium high heat for a few minutes. Then add turmeric, stir well and continue to cook for about 4 minutes until the potatoes are nicely golden.
  5. Add onions and cook til soft.
  6. Add green beans and stir fry til they are well coated with oil.
  7. Stir in pre-soaked posta, salt and pepper. Cover the wok and simmer over low heat til potatoes are done.
  8. Check for seasoning and serve.

N.B. One might encorporate tsp whole cumin seeds as well – add just before the potatoes; the seeds should pop before adding the potatoes.

Serve with rice, fish curry and dahl.

I must remember to revise the Bengali fish curry recipe to include the fact that before cooking the fish, T dried it off and coated it with turmeric before. Once the fish was done, he then added the re-heated masala. The fish stayed wonderful crisp on the outside (and firm on the inside). Read more about

 

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  • Never come across white poppy seeds before! The whole dish sounds totally delicious – and we do like our curries in this house! I must give it a try soon :-)

  • ejm

    You should be able to get posta at a store that sells Indian spices – especially if you can find a store that is Bengali.

    T says that you probably would never see this dish in a restaurant; he was only served it in people’s homes. It really is delicious and entirely different from any of the curries I’ve ever had. Do let me know how you like it, Jeanne.