Potol Posto/Pointed Gourd In Poppy Seeds Paste - rita-bose-cooking

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06 April, 2013

Potol Posto/Pointed Gourd In Poppy Seeds Paste

06 April, 2013

Potol Posto/Pointed Gourd In Poppy Seeds Paste

Today, I was in a jiffy because I had some important work and my fridge didn't help me. There was nothing quick and easy to make. Suddenly, I remembered this simple and authentic Bengali recipe and pointed gourd/potol is one of my favorites too. I quickly made potol posto. It tasted very nice with rice. Do try this out, when you are in a hurry or on those days when you are having "niramish" or vegetarian. Hope you like it! (And don't forget to comment or subscribe!! Njoy!!)

Potol Posto/Pointed Gourd In Poppy Seeds Paste

Potol/ Pointed Gourd 


  • Potol/Parwal/Pointed Gourd- 1/2 kg  ( Peeled and cut lengthwise in half)
  • Posto/Poppy seed paste- 2 tbsp.
  • Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp.
  • Green chillies- 1 (Slit, lengthwise)
  • Onion-1 (Finely chopped)
  • Potato(small) - 1 (thinly sliced)
  • Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar- 2 tbsp.
  • Mustard oil - 3 tbsp
  • Ghee/clarified butter - 1 tbsp


1.Heat oil in a pan and fry the thinly sliced potato and also fry the halved potol/pointed gourd pieces till it  turns a little brown. It should not get crinkled. Keep them aside.
2. In the same oil, add cumin seeds and slit green chillies. To it add the fried potato slices,pointed gourd, sliced onion and stir. Next add turmeric powder, salt and sugar and mix to combine well.
3. Add the poppy seed paste. To it add a little water to make it a little runny.
4. Cover and cook on low flame till the potols are cooked and the water has dried off. Add a spoonful of ghee and serve with  rice.
Note: Potol can be substituted with potato or ladies finger as well and then it can be called aloo posto or bhindi posto.


  1. That poppy seeds are flavorful. Add it to any dishes and the taste will be fabulous just like the one you have shared. Good, great and best.

  2. Eta amar khub liking khabar... lovely.

  3. Healthy and yummy, Nice to learn authentic Bengali dishes...
    Thanks for sharing...

  4. Isn't it Ivy gourd?! Nice curry by the way!

  5. i loved this curry rita....good one for chappathi

  6. Hi Rita thanks for visiting my space and comments... you having such a lovely space and yummy recipes... i thought its Ivy gourd... very nice one dear... happy to follow u dear...

  7. looks absolutely smashing!! :)

  8. Would love to have this with some Rice :)

  9. Yummy and different... Looks very tasty Rita :-)

  10. this is new dish to me..have to try this sometime..

  11. Thanks for coming over to visit, this is a delicious side, looks delicious.

  12. new recipe to me. looks nice :)

  13. Oh Rita, I so love this dish! The last time I had it was in Kolkata at my parents place. I long to go back after looking at this. We dont get 'potol' here:-(


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