Friday, July 27, 2012

Peyaz posto : sauteed onion with poppy seed paste, a delectable mash, or call it a scramble...

This is a Bengali classic and I hope I am not spoiling it. Decided to post the recipe on my beloved blog because I loved it from the core of my heart. It is a tasty comforting dish you would like to have more and more. Something which is healthy and wouldn't take you to the Guilt-land. Probably to the lala land of sweet dreams as it is supposed to induce sleep. No, it does not cast it's sleep spell on me. May be it does for you as it does to many happy bongs all around the world. Yes they are all very sentimental about their mustard and posto...

I have adopted Posto quite happily. The UP version of Posta ( as it is called in UP) chutney and halwa has been a childhood favorite and those are yet to come to this blog. My maternal grandmothers' place was a Poppy hub, being a cultivation center of poppy since the time of British, this small town called Ghazipur is known for it's opium factory. Our supply of poppy seeds was good and my mom loved making different things with it. But she never cooked any Bengali recipes. I learnt all these from my Bong friends, this one actually from an Oriya friend.

The recipe is simple. Soak the poppy seeds (white Indian variety) for a few minutes, drain water through a fine sieve and grind in a chutney grinder of your trusted mixie. Adding little water while blending to move the blades well. A generous cup of paste can be made using about 1/2 cup of dry poppy seeds.

You need some Nigella (kalonji) seeds, some chopped onion and some green chillies and salt to taste . 
Just that. 

And a little mustard oil to fry the chopped onion. The quantity of onion, green chillies etc can be varied according to how much of what you want in the finished dish. I used 1/2 cup of chopped onion for a cup of poppy seeds paste here.

Heat the mustard oil and tip in the Nigella seeds, immediately add the chopped green chillies and then the chopped onions. Fry till softened and pinkish. Take off the flame, add salt and mix with the poppy seeds paste.

Serve hot or cold.

Goes very well with plain Khichdi or a brown rice, split green mung and Bottle gourd Khichdi as I made with it. On the side is a begun Bhaja. A true Bong meal.

You would like it with Chapati, Paratha or even sandwiched in slices of bread as well. Some people like it mixed with plain boiled rice too. It is a flavorful scramble of a dish.

Looks like egg scramble to me. The husband often thinks it is an egg scramble. On that note, it can be a good breakfast dish too, even for Paratha loving Punjabis...

You decide whether it is a mash or a scramble. But try it if you haven't already...


  1. Pictures??? where are the pictures??? As far as the recipie is concerned, I must say that this must be one of the easiest recipies to put together and must be tasty as well. I am off to the market to shop for some posto pronto :)

  2. never heard of this. I am craving to taste this. Haven't the faintest clue how it must taste. Looks absolutely delish

    1. Do it with almond paste Anita. You would love it that way too.