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Alu posto is a hot favorite at home. It simply works for a simple veg affair. Though, making the paste is slightly messy but cooking is ultra easy. So, this sunday I decided to make it with a slight difference, made Deem-Alu Posto i.e. Potatoes and eggs in a gravy made of Khus-Khus /Poppy seeds. There was a beetroot lying somewhere in the corner of my fridge, waiting to be cooked, so used that as a side dish with some chopped carrots, a simple stir fry. Here is a quick recipe;

Deem-Alu Postu

Things you shall need;

  • Hard boiled eggs – 2, (remove the shells and marinate it with a hint of turmeric and salt)
  • Medium sized potaotes – 2, peeled and cubed
  • Medium sized onion – 1 (finely chopped)
  • A paste of poppy seeds, green chillies and a little salt – 2-3 tablespoons
  • Nigella seeds – very little just for tempering
  • Green chillies – slit into two halves (to be added, towards the end)
  • Mustard oil
(I soak the poppy seeds in water for nearly 3-4 hours, it becomes very easy to grind it in a mixie that way and do not make a fine paste, but leave it slightly coarse)
Process
  • Heat the mustard oil to a smoking point in the wok.
  • Now add the boiled eggs and fry them till they are nice and golden.
  • Remove the eggs once fried and keep it separately.
  • In the same oil, add the nigella seeds. Then add the chopped onions and a pinch of sugar to get a beautiful color. Once the onions turn slightly pinkish add the potatoes and fry them for sometime.
  • Add half cup of water to the potatoes and cover and cook until the potatoes are tender
  • At the final stage, add the paste made of poppy seeds and mix it well. Once it comes to a boil, add those boiled and fried eggs to them and season it with salt. Remember not to add too much of salt, since the paste already has some.
  • Add the chillies, simmer and cook for another 5 minutes.
Beetroot stir fry
Things you shall need;
  • 1 Beetroot
  • 1 Carrot
  • Green chillies
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Salt
  • Nigella Seeds
Process – In a wok, heat some oil and add the nigella seeds and chopped green chillies. Now add the chopped beetrot and carrot, mix it well. Add some turmeric, salt and cover and cook until done. You may also add some boiled and fried soya nuggets.
Serve the two with steamed rice, papad and some plain daal!!