How to prepare pyaz posto in poppy seed paste

Pyaz posto in poppy seed paste is a popular dish in West Bengal. Posto is poppy seeds and in Bengali cuisine it is one of the favorite ingredients used. Pyaz posto in poppy seed paste consist of thin onion slices cooked with poppy seeds paste. Well, posto is usually used with potatoes to make Aloo Posto, this is quite popular. It can be prepared with a variety of other vegetables, fish, and meat too. Here its made up of onions. This recipe consists of just a handful of ingredients. Caramelized onions with poppy seeds taste delicious.


Onion – 3 medium (thin slice)

Green chilli – 2(chopped)+2 whole for garnishing

Poppy seed – 4tablespoons

Turmeric Powder – ¼ teaspoon

Salt to taste

Cooking oil (preferably mustard oil) – 2 tablespoons+1/2teaspoon

Garlic -4cloves

Nigella seeds-1/2teaspoon


First grind poppy seeds dry in a grinder further add little water and grind again.

Then grind to make a fine paste. Keep aside.

Slit green chilies and keep them aside. Moreover take a pan, add onion and fry till it turns light brown.

Next add ingrediants such as turmeric powder, salt & slit green chilies.

 Then mix well and cook for few minutes.

Finally add poppy seed paste to it. Mix & turn off the flame.

Then heat oil in another frying pan & temper the oil with garlic cloves, chopped green chilies, and kalonji seeds.

Then add onion slices & fry until light brown.

Further add salt and turmeric to it.

Add poppy seeds paste to it and give it a good stir. Keep stirring it until the raw flavor of poppy seed vanishes and oil starts appearing on the corner of the mixture clearly.

So add a little amount of water if required.

Turn off the flame. Then sprinkle oil on top and garnish with sliced green chilies.

Serve hot and enjoy!

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