This is a very delicious dish of eastern India, specially in Bengal, one of my favourite dish too. Poppy seeds are highly nutritious and contain several vital minerals, low calorie, recommended for pregnant women and new mothers. Other than that poppy seeds are good source of carbohydrates, which helps in enhancing energy levels in human body. We Bengalis are very much fan of Posto i.e. poppy seeds. Whenever I do make poppy seeds paste, I keep little paste aside for this fry. A simple recipe but tastes heavenly. Just try it!INGREDIENTS:
3 Large Red Onions (thinly sliced)
2/3 Cup Poppy seeds (khas khas)
3-4 Green Chillies (or according to taste)
4 tbsps Mustard Oil (preferably)
Salt to taste
Soak poppy seeds in water for 30 mins to 1 hour. Grind it with green chillies and make a smooth paste. Keep aside.
Heat mustard oil in a pan till smokey. Add sliced onion in it. Fry onion till it turn in light brown.
Add poppy seeds paste in it, if it is too thick, may dilute with little water. Add salt in it.
Keep frying till it gets dry and leaves oil from the side of the pan. Switch off the heat now.
Now pyaj posto is ready to serve with hot steamed rice and dal.
Enjoy this flavour of Bengal!