Monday, 4 March 2013

Aloo Posto....Small Potato Cubes Cooked in Poppy Seed Paste..!!

             Aluposto...Potato Cooked in Poppy Seed Paste.....Soul Food of A Benagli...!!!!

For a bengali " alooposto and garom bhat ar ektu daal"( potato cooked in poppy seed paste along with daal and the steaming hot rice) is always heavenly delicious .And I am quite sure that most of the bengali people would like to leave the most costly food for this simple delicious preparation.

Posto or poppy seed or khaskhas is the most useful ingredient in a benagli kitchen.Aluposto is one of the very famous ,traditional and delicious bengali preparations where small potato cubes are cooked in the gravy of the poppy seed paste.Since our childhood ,we believe as well as enjoy this preparation as our most comfort food when served with steaming hot rice,associated with daal and other curries.The recipe is very simple but the taste is always fingerlicking good.


  • Potato: 2 medium(cut in small cubes)
  • Poppy Seed paste: 4-5 heap tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Salt
  • Green chillies
  • Oil:2-4 tbsp(Taste of the most of bengali preparations are best when cooked with the mustard oil but white oil is also good.)
  • Chillli Powder: 1 tsp( as per choice)
  • Water: 1- 1 1/2 cup


  • Soak the poppy seeds in 1/2 cup of water for 10 minutes and then make a smooth paste with the help of a grinder.
  • Peel,wash and cut the potatoes in small cubes.
  • Now heat mustard oil(white oil is also good) in a thick bottomed kadhai.Add the green chilllies and the potato cubes.
  • In medium heat slightly fry the potatoes. During frying add little salt and turmeric  powder and the red chilli powder( optional).
  • Then add the poppy seed paste and mix the paste very well with the potatoes.
  • Add one cup of water in the kadhai and cover it.
  • In the medium flame cook it until the potatoes become soft.
  • Increase the heat slightly and cook until a thick dry curry is formed.
  • Turn off the flame.
  • Sprinkle little raw mustard oil over the curry.
  • Serve it with steaming hot rice and daal.

                                                            Enjoy Your Food..!!

Banana Berry Shakes...!!! A Perfect Refreshment...!!!

Summer  is almost here and there is a scorching sunlight outside.During this season,the best way to keep the body cool , is to drink lots of water and juices.In these days,I really remain worried about my daughter,because after the school hours when she comes to home,she really looks very exhausted and tired and moreover,she doesnt want to drink enough water.
Therefore sometimes,specailly after the school hours I like to give her some refreshing drink which not only helps to keep her body cool,but also enhances energy and provide some nutrients as well.

This Banana Berry shake is a very easy preparation which requires a minimum fuss inside the kitchen.As strawberries are still availbe in the market and this is my daughter's most favourite fruit,I made  Banana Strawberry Shake for her.

Here is the recipe:


  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 very ripe banana,peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chilled unsweetened yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup vanilla icecream
  • 2 tbsp straeberry crush
  • 2 tbsp sugar(or as you want)
  • 4-5 ice cubes.


  • In a mixer put all the ingredients together and blend until smooth.
  • Serve immediately.


                                                Enjoy Your Food...!!!


Soya Egg Roll...!!

                   Soya Egg Roll....A helthy Snacks for You and for Your Little one..!!


I should have included this recipe in my "Kids Special" album  as this is a very ideal snacks recipe for the little children. I prepare it most of the time for my daughter and try to find out a way to make my daughter eats soyabeans.

Soyabean is known as the "king of the beans".It contains a large number of nutrients and health care benefits. It enhances immune functions,improve intelligence,strengthens human tissues and organs,improves energy,whitens skin,prevents cancer,prevents oxidation,reduces blood fat,prevent deafness,brings high blood pressure down.

I have given the egg chicken roll recipe few days ago.This egg soyabean roll is almost same as that .With the soya granules I tried to make a healthy yet,very delicious preparation.

Here is the process:


For the Stuffing:
  • Soya Granules:1 cup
  • Capsicum: 1(chopped)
  • Onion:1 medium(chopped)
  • Garlic:4 cloves(crushed)
  • Cabbage:1 cup(chopped,I use purple cabbage)
  • Eggs:4 ( beaten,one for each roll)
  • Tomato Ketch-up
  • Soya sauce
  • Chilli sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • Lime juice

For the Paratha:

  • Flour/Maida: 1 cup
  • White oil:2 tbsp
  • Salt: A pinch
  • Water.

For the Roll:

  • Onion: 1/2 (sliced)
  • Cucumber:1/2(sliced)
  • Green Chilli:2(chopped)(Optional)
  • Kasundi
  • Tomato Ketchup
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper Powder
  • Tissue Paper.




  • At first boil some water in a pan and add the soya granules for 15 minutes and add little salt.
  • After sometime the soya granules will absorb water and swell.
  • Then press them little to remove the extra water and after draining the water keep th soya granules aside.
  • Then add little white oil in the pan and add all the chopped vegetables into it.
  • Sprinkle salt and cook them on medium flame until they become little soft.
  • Now add the tomato ketchup,chilli sauce(be careful while you are prepararing for your kids) and the soya sauce.
  • Combine them very well and add the pe soaked soya ganules.
  • Mix the soya granules very well with all the vegetables
  • Cook for 5-6 mins until a soft stuffung masala is done.
  • Keep it aside.

  • Take the flour mix it with the oil and salt and make a soft dough with water.
  • Divide it into few equal balls.

How to Prepare A Roll:

  • Now roll the flour dough with the help of the rolling pin ,with some dry flour and make  few medium sized, round shaped parathas.
  • Heat a flat tawa or pan and cook the both sides of the  paratha only for 2-3 mins .Keep them aside.
  • Now beat the eggs with little salt.
  • Then heat the same tawa again and sprinkle some oil on it and add 1/4 th of beaten egg on it.
  • Immediately swirl the egg to form a roti size omlette.
  • Before the egg sets, place a roti on the egg and press it gently.This will help the roti to stick to the omlette.
  • Flip the roti when the egg is done and cook for 2-3 minutes. you can add little more oil at this time to make roti fried or roasted.
  • Now place the paratha on a flat plate .Add the soya stuffing on the omlette side.
  • Add the chopped cucumber and the onions,little lemon juice,kasundi(optional) ,tomato ketchup,sprinkle little salt and black pepper powder.
  • Now roll the paratha along with the tissue papaer at the outer side to wrap it.
  • Close the lower end of the roll with the tissue paper.
  • Hold tightly and enjoy your beautiful healthy snacks and let enjoy your little one with his/her favourite fruit drink.

                                                Enjoy Your Food..!!