Sunday, 19 March 2017

Lau Shak Posto Bharta

The original recipe was 'Lau patay posto bhate' i.e. poppy seed paste is wrapped  in bottlegourd leaf and then steamed in boiling rice. Don't remember from where did I collected the recipe, most probably it is from a facebook forum. However, I have modified the recipe a bit and added my touch to make it a bharta. It is yummy to the core, if you are a bharta lover like me. I can have bharta anytime with a plate of rice and donot need any fancy stuff afterwards.


  • Lau pata or tender Bottle gourd leaf - 7-8
  • Posto or poppy seed - 4 tbsp
  • Green chilli - as per tolerance level, I have used 4
  • Desiccated coconut - 1 tbsp
  • Onion - 1, chopped
  • Garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Salt, Sugar, 
  • Mustard oil - a must

Wash and clean the bottle gourd leaves. Make a fine paste of poppy seed along with green chilli and a pinch of salt. Add a spoonful of mustard oil along with desiccated coconut and mix well.

Take a dollop and place it onto clean bottle gourd leaf. Wrap it and secure with a tooth pick. Do it for all leaves.

Place the leaves in a steamer / double boiler and steam it or microwave it for 3 minutes.

Let it cool down a bit. Then remove the toothpick and grind the whole thing in a mixer grinder. Make sure it doesnot become a fine paste, should remain a bit granulated.

In a pan, heat 1 tbsp of mustard oil. When it is hot, add the chopped onion and fry till golden brown.

Next add the garlic paste and fry a bit. Next add the ground mixture and start frying. 

cook till the water evaporates and oil starts coming out of the sides. Adjust the salt and sprinkle a pinch of sugar. You may omit the sugar if you want.

Enjoy with hot rice and a green chilli.

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