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Aloo Posto

Potaoes in poppy seed paste
Recipe By : Niru Gupta
Type: Potato Serving: 4


  • Potatoes , peeled and diced into 1 cm/1/2" cubes 500g
  • Mustard oil (sarson ka tel) ˝ cup (120 g)
  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1 tsp
  • Mustard (sarson) seeds 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek (methi dana) seeds ˝ tsp
  • Nigella/Onion (kalonji) seeds 1 tsp
  • Bay leaf (tej patta) 1
  • Onions, roughly chopped 1 ˝ cups (250 g) ]
  • Garlic, chopped 2 tsp ]
  • Ginger, chopped 2 tsp ] grind to a paste
  • Dried red chillies (Sabut lal Mirch) 2-3 ]
  • Turmeric (haldi) ˝ tsp
  • Salt, to taste or 2 tsp
  • Poppy seeds (Khus khus) ˝ cup (60 g), soaked in water and ground to a paste
  • Green chillies, slit lengthwise for garnish


  • Heat the oil in a heavy based saucepan, and fry the potatoes over high heat, till a light brown.
  • Lift the potatoes with a slotted spoon, and keep aside.

  • In the remaining oil, add the fennel, mustard, fenugreek and onion seeds and the bay leaf and stir fry till the seeds splutter.

  • Add the ground paste, salt and turmeric and saute till the fat separates.

  • Add the poppy seed paste and the potatoes and sauté till the fat separates.

  • Add about 1 cup water, and bring to a boil and then simmer, stirring a few times, till the potatoes are cooked through and the water is dried out. The oil starts to float on top.

  • Serve hot, garnished with the green chillies.


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