Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
Because many followers of the Hindu religion practice vegetarianism, Indian dishes are a great choice for those who do not eat meat. A few simple modifications to a classic Aloo Posto recipe makes it into a tasty and filling meal. This potato curry is flavored with spices, poppy seeds, and mild chilies, so it is delicious without being overwhelmingly spicy.
- 5 medium potatoes (red or gold potatoes are preferable)
- ½ cup poppy seeds
- 4 green chilies
- 2 red chilies (optional)
- 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric powder
- 5 tablespoons oil (mustard oil is best, but any vegetable oil will do)
- Use a coffee or spice grinder to finely ground the poppy seeds with a teaspoon of salt (or you can keep the poppy seeds whole if you wish). Once ground into a powder, puree one of the green chilies and add it to the poppy seeds with just enough water to form a thick paste.
- Heat the oil in a nonstick pan over medium low heat. While it is warming, peel and chop the potatoes into one inch cubes. Cut the chilies in half, and remove their seeds if you want a milder curry.
- When the oil is hot enough, add the potatoes to the pan and cook them, stirring occasionally, until they are halfway cooked. The outsides should be golden brown while the insides retain some crunchiness.
- Remove the potatoes from the pan. Put the remaining chilies and the cumin seeds in the pan and let the spices roast until they become aromatic, roughly two minutes.
- Put the poppy seed paste into the pan and stir it around in the pan, cooking them until their color darkens slightly.
- Return the potatoes to the pan along with ¾ cups of water and the ground turmeric. Increase the heat until everything in the pan simmers slightly.
- Cover the dish and simmer it until the potatoes are cooked thoroughly and the water, spices, and poppy seeds have formed a thick sauce. Depending on the variety of potatoes you use, this may take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes.
Though this curry can be great on its own, it is traditionally served over steamed jasmine rice. You can also add a side of lentils to make the Aloo Posto into a complete meal. If you’re looking to buy poppy seeds, visit a site like Sincerely Nuts. The blend of spices along with the heart-healthy poppy seeds make this a delicious dish for any vegan wanting to try something new.