Wednesday, 2 August 2017

How To Make Dim Posto At Your Home !

Posto or poppy seed is a favorite cooking ingredient in the Bengali cuisine. It is commonly believed that the Bengalis residing on the west side of Bhagirathi river, known as Ghoti Bengalis, are more fond of Posto than for those residing on the east side of it, called the Bangal Bengalis.
So much so that Ghoti folks are called ‘posto pagol’, meaning that they are crazy for foods with posto. We, a bangal clan, must admit that we like the posto infused foods just as much. And here are the ingredients needed for our recipe of dim-posto or egg curry with poppy seed:
Ingredients:
• 3 – 4 tbsp. Poppy Seeds (I used 3) soaked in ½ cup hot water. (Microwave 30 seconds and let it soak)
• 4 Eggs
• 1 tsp. Turmeric Powder
• 1 – 1 ¼ tsp. Salt (I don’t remember how much I used) ½ t for marinate and ½ in the curry
• 3- 5 Green Chilies I used 5)
• 4 tbsp. Mustard Oil (any oil can be used but mustard oil is recommended )
• 1 Dry Red Chili
• 3-5 Cardamoms (I used 4)
• 3- 5 Cloves (I used 4)
• 1-1 ½ “Cinnamon Stick
• 1 cup chopped Onion
• 1 ½ – 2 tsp. Ginger Garlic Paste (Recipe called for 1 tsp. Ginger but used GG instead)
• 1 – 1 ¼ tsp. Chili Powder (I used 1 ¼ and it was spicy)
• 1 ½ – 1 ¾ cups Water
Pre-Preparation:
• Soak poppy seeds in ½ cup of hot water for one hour. Or it can be soaked overnight at room temperature water.
• Hard boil the eggs, peel and cut each egg it into two halves.
• Marinate the cut egg pieces with ½ tsp. of salt and ½ tsp. of turmeric powder. Rub the mixture evenly all around the egg halves.
• Chop the onions and keep aside.
• Once the poppy seeds are soaked grind to paste along with the water in which it was soaked. I have a small wet grinder and I ground the poppy seeds with little water. Once the seeds are ground, add chilies and run the grinder once more. Pour the remaining poppy seeds soaked water in to the poppy chili paste and keep it aside.
Preparation:
• Take 1 – 2 tbsp. of oil, I used 2 tbsp. of oil in a pan and add the eggs with yolk side down. Fry it for about ½ – 1 minutes on medium – medium high flame. Turn it around and fry the eggs on the other side until it is golden brown in color. If required, turn the eggs around and fry until both the sides are evenly fried. Remove from the pan and keep it aside.
• Add rest of the oil to the pan, keeping aside 1 tbsp. oil. Once the oil is hot, add dry chili, cloves, cardamom, bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Let the spices roast in the oil for about 1 minute.
• Add onions and sauté until translucent, 2-3 minutes.
• Add ginger or ginger garlic paste and sauté for another ½ a minute.
• Add chili powder, salt, turmeric and fry the spices for few seconds.
• Add water, give it good stir, cover and cook for few minutes until gravy boils and little longer.
• Add poppy paste and bring it back to boil and let simmer on medium heat until the desired consistency is reached. This will take about 5-8 minutes.
• Taste the gravy and adjust seasoning.
• Add egg halves with yolk side up.
• Pour the reserved 1 tbsp. of oil on the eggs and cook for few seconds.
• Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving dish.
• Serve hot with steaming rice.
Preparation:
• Take 1 – 2 tbsp. of oil, I used 2 tbsp. of oil in a pan and add the eggs with yolk side down. Fry it for about ½ – 1 minutes on medium – medium high flame. Turn it around and fry the eggs on the other side until it is golden brown in color. If required, turn the eggs around and fry until both the sides are evenly fried. Remove from the pan and keep it aside.
dim-2• Add rest of the oil to the pan, keeping aside 1 tbsp. oil. Once the oil is hot, add dry chili, cloves, cardamom, bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Let the spices roast in the oil for about 1 minute.
dim-3• Add onions and sauté until translucent, 2-3 minutes.
• Add ginger or ginger garlic paste and sauté for another ½ a minute.
dim-4• Add chili powder, salt, turmeric and fry the spices for few seconds.
• Add water, give it good stir, cover and cook for few minutes until gravy boils and little longer.
• Add poppy paste and bring it back to boil and let simmer on medium heat until the desired consistency is reached. This will take about 5-8 minutes.
• Taste the gravy and adjust seasoning.
dim-5• Add egg halves with yolk side up.
• Pour the reserved 1 tbsp. of oil on the eggs and cook for few seconds.
dim6• Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving dish.
• Serve hot with steaming rice.