Thursday, August 12, 2010


(Serves 2)

To make a fine paste soak the poppy seeds in half a cup of water for ten minutes before grinding. To turn this paste into a famous Bengali recipe named Posto Bata (poppy seed paste) add one tablespoon mustard oil, two green chillies and half teaspoon salt to the paste. Serve this with steamed rice. But don’t eat a whole lot of it if you want to stay awake, because this induces serious sleep. One tablespoon should be more than enough for  half cup boiled rice.

  • Potatoes: 2 large, peeled and diced
  • Poppy seed paste: ½ cup
  • Mustard oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Green chillies: 3, slit
  • Salt: to taste


Heat mustard oil to smoking hot and add potatoes and green chillies. Reduce heat to medium and cook for two to three minutes or till the potatoes turn slightly golden. Add one cup of water and salt to taste. Cover and cook over medium heat till the potatoes are done. Keep checking from time to time and add extra water if required. When done add the poppy seed paste and give it a stir. Turn off heat immediately. Serve with lentils and steamed rice. 

No comments:

Post a Comment