Alu Posto recipe||diced potatoes cooked in rich poppy seed paste||a perfect dish to serve with steamed rice

It is another no onion/no garlic recipe. It is a traditional Bengali recipe cooked with potatoes and lightly spiced with nutty poppy seed paste.
Aloo Posto, the name itself is good enough to bring sunshine on any dull day. A typical Bengali thali (be it veg or non-veg) will always include steamed rice (bhaat) , lentil soup (daal) and alu posto. A slim wedge of gondho raj lebu (king of lime) and kacha lonka (fresh green chilli) lying on side will only increase the glamour quotient of the thali.

This apparently bland looking dish with just potato and poppy seeds is capable of rousing much passion among food lovers.

I seldom cook this dish on afternoons when I want to have something to comfort my appetite but don’t want to give much effort. Its a quick and easy plus fulfills your ‘comfort food’ category too.

Type: Curry

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15-20 minutes


  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • 4 tbs mustard oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp onion seeds/nigella seeds
  • 2 1/2 tbs poppy seeds paste
  • 2-3 green chillies slit open
  • 1/2 cup warm water


  • In a deep dish pan add 2 tbs mustard oil
  • Add 1 tsp onion seeds
  • Allow to splatter
  • Now add the diced potatoes
  • Fry them well
  • Keep stirring or it may stick at the bottom
  • Now add the poppy seeds paste
  • Coat all the potatoes well with the paste
  • Add 1/2 cup warm water and cover to cook for 15 minutes at medium flame
  • Add the slitted green chillies
  • Now remove the cover and drizzle remaining 2 tbs mustard oil
  • Switch off the gas and give it a standing time of 5 minutes and serve

We’ve added a step by step recipe video๐Ÿ‘‡

Serve it with steamed rice or you can have chapattis/tortillas.

I generally don’t add onions to it, but if you want you can add some fried onions at the end.

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