Saturday, 4 April 2015

Peyaz Tomato Posto - Onion Tomato Poppyseed Bharta

A typical Bengali delicacy where poppy seed paste is cooked with chopped onion, tomato and green chilli. Simple to cook but so tasty, I can polish off a full plate of rice with just this.


  • Poppy Seed - 4 tbsp
  • Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Green chilli - as per taste
  • Onion - 2, chopped
  • Tomato - 1, chopped
  • Salt, turmeric, sugar
  • Mustard oil
  • Kalojire / Kalonji Seed - 1/2 tsp

Soak the poppyseed in water for some time. Then grind it to a paste with the garlic and green chillies. We prefer to have it hot, please use the green chilli as per your taste.
Heat mustard oil in a pan and add the nigella seed/Kalonji seed/Kalojire into it. Let it splutter. Then add chopped onion and fry till golden brown.

Add the poppy seed paste mix to the onions with a splash of water. Fry till the water evaporates. Add salt and turmeric.

When oil comes out add chopped tomatoes. Fry till tomatoes are mashed. 

Sprinkle a little sugar and adjust the salt. Serve with hot rice. and green chilli. 

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