Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dum Aloo Posto



'Tempt your taste buds with this delightful Bengali preparation of baby potatoes with poppy seeds', is the introduction my LG microwave cooking book has given for this recipe.
I picked some very beautiful baby potatoes freshly arrived on the supermarket counter. I decided to use them right away. This recipe said dum aloo and I thought that is lovely. The picture was more inviting to attempt it.
So here is what I cooked this morning! Since it was entirely microwave cooked, I finished few other chores along. I had prepared the paneer crumble earlier. They look more browned at the filling, in my recipe though the picture in the book was neat :(
Now I am off to a Christmas party for some destitute children with few other friends, organised by a very benevolent Indian lady. She is very sweet and dedicates most of her time, energy and money to this cause. I am happy I can do something little towards that.

Ingredients:
250 grams baby potatoes
75 grams/ about 2 tablespoons heaped paneer crumbled
1 tablespoon chopped cashew nuts
1 tablespoon yoghurt beaten
3 fresh chillies
3 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
Salt, dry chilli powder and pepper powder to taste.
Method:
Wash and peel potatoes. Carefully scoop out the centres.
Place the potatoes in a microwave proof bowl and adding some water, cook covered on micro power 100% for 5-6 minutes, depending on the output.
Soak the cashew nuts and grind along with green chillies. Mix with crumbled paneer. Fill in the hollows of the cooked potatoes.
Reserve some poppy seeds for garnish. Soak the rest in water and grind with the yoghurt to a smooth paste.
Microwave oil at 100% power for 30 seconds.


Add to this the marinade turmeric powder, salt and redchilli powder. Microwave at 60% power for 4 minutes and then place the prepared potatoes in the same bowl. Gently mix to coat the potatoes with the marinade.
Cover and microwave cook on high for 3 minutes. Sprinkle two teaspoons of water and cook for further 2 minutes, covered on 60% power.
In a micro proof flat dish place the reserved poppy seeds and 1 slit green chilli. Add one drop of oil. Micro wave on 100% power for 40 seconds.
Take this and spread on top of cooked potatoes. Place the potatoes on the flat dish and put them back in the microwave for few more minutes to allow them to get the roasted look.
This is a dry kind of curry. If you want it as a gravy, you may grind more cashews with some other spices and chopped onions. Cook them and add to the potatoes early on.
This aloo posto is being sent to Radhika who is hosting Sunita's Think spice featuring poppy-seeds.




30 comments:

  1. Sooper.. I m soo fond of veggie bengali dishes.... will try it soon...
    Thanks 4 sharing!

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  2. Hi. I also posted Aloo-Posto recently but it was minus the curds and cashewnuts. Urs is a very different version.looks good.
    http://cooking-goodfood.blogspot.com/2009/12/aloo-postoa-bengali-delicacy-few.html

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  3. Lovely microwave version of posto. Nice click.

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  4. Dum aloo posto looks fantastic and tempting..

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  5. hmm--Cannot resist the temptation of grabbing the potatoes.Any thing to do with potato is welcome.

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  6. Its a new recipe for me..Sounds great with poppy seeds and looks yummy..

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  7. thats wonderful side dish...looks yummy

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  8. Dum Aloo is very inviting!!!! Aappadiye Sapidalam pola iruke.

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  9. Lovely Lataji!!, just feel like grabbing them for my lunch meal today.. like the poppy seeds on the potatoes.. it gives a crispy look to it... I use my MW only to prepare my oatmeal breakfast, this tempts me to try as it needs really less oil...

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  10. nice microwave recipe..your photo also has come out good..appreciate your effort in doing a bit for the children.

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  11. Another tasty creation in MW :)

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  12. Paneer stuffed potatoes! what more could one ask for.. looks absolutely delicious.

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  13. Have never tasted this dish, but it sounds delightful and yummy !

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  14. Dum Aloo is one of our family favorites.I came across ur blog recently,I should say many of the blogs out there.Nice collection

    AMA

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  15. I too had something similar for the event....anyways looks extremely yummy....

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  16. I have to try making this Dum Aloo Posto dish one of these days. I 've heard so much abt it and feel its time I make it. Looks yummy and I'm impressed its prepared in the microwave.

    Also its such a noble and touching gesture to organise a Christmas party for these destitute kids and give them a feeling that there are people who care. I'm really impressed. Please Pass on my appreciation to your other friends who participated along with You.

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  17. Lataji, I will surely try this soon :) Looks nice and I am sure it tastes great.

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  18. Wow Posto looks yummy and inviting lataji, how are you doing?

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  19. Thanks Lataji for visiting my blog and for the info.

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  20. like the name of this dish :)
    love how crispy it turned out!

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  21. Your picture is very inviting... I love the way those specs of poppy seeds on the crispy potatoes

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  22. Would like to try it out in the traditional method; good recipe!

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