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BM# 63: Journey through the Cuisines 

Week 1: Bengali Cuisine

Day 6: F for Fulkopi Posto (Bengali Cauliflower curry with poppy seeds)

Here’s another different way of cooking with veggies, the Bengali way. First up was a simple mixed vegetables flavored with just panch phoron, then it was okra in a spicy yogurt sauce and today it is cauliflower cooked in creamy poppy seed gravy.

Letter F was one of the tough letters to find a dish. Initially I wanted to make ‘Fuchka’, a Bengali variation of our beloved pani puri. But then after looking at couple of recipes, I wasn’t sure if it was puchka, phuchka or fuchka. With so much ambiguity, I left it at that (but I still have a pack of store-bought puris waiting to be used). Then I thought of making Fuluri, a lentil based bajji but I wasn’t in a mood to deep fry, so finally chose a simpler and easier to make dish.

F for Fulkopi or cauliflower in Bengali. Posto or poppy seeds is a popular ingredient in Bengali cooking. I have already tried bittergourd posto and potato-eggplant posto. This cauliflower posto is very easy to make, cook cauliflower with ground spiced poppy seed sauce. It tastes great with rice or roti. Most of the recipes I saw online also had potato in them, but I skipped it and made the curry with only cauliflower. So add potato if you want to.

Recipe from Aparna’s Akcookbook:

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Fulkopi Posto Yum
Recipe to make Bengali Cauliflower posto. Cauliflower simmered in spicy poppy seed gravy. Serve with rice or roti as side dish.
Fulkopi Posto
Course side dish
Cuisine bengali
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 head Cauliflower Medium of , cut into florets
  • ½ cup Green Peas
  • 2 tsps Mustard Oil
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ½ tsp Seeds Nigella
  • 2 ~ 3 Chilies Green , slit
  • 10 tbsps Cashews water , soaked in warm for minutes
  • 1 tsp Peppercorns
  • 10 tbsps Poppy Seeds water , soaked in warm for minutes
  • ½ Cinnamon " stick
  • 2 tbsps Yogurt , whisked well
  • To taste Salt
Course side dish
Cuisine bengali
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 head Cauliflower Medium of , cut into florets
  • ½ cup Green Peas
  • 2 tsps Mustard Oil
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ½ tsp Seeds Nigella
  • 2 ~ 3 Chilies Green , slit
  • 10 tbsps Cashews water , soaked in warm for minutes
  • 1 tsp Peppercorns
  • 10 tbsps Poppy Seeds water , soaked in warm for minutes
  • ½ Cinnamon " stick
  • 2 tbsps Yogurt , whisked well
  • To taste Salt
Fulkopi Posto
Instructions
  1. Steam or microwave cauliflower until fork tender.
  2. Drain the cashews, poppy seeds and grind them to a smooth paste along with the peppercorns and cinnamon stick.Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan; add the bay leaf, nigella seeds and green chilies. Saute for 1 minute. Next add the steamed cauliflower and cook for 3~4 minutes.
  4. Add the ground paste, green peas and cook until the flavors get a chance to mingle, about 4~5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the yogurt and season with salt. Sprinkle some water if the dish looks too dry. Cook covered for another 5 minutes. Serve with rice or roti.
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23 thoughts on “Fulkopi Posto (Bengali Cauliflower curry with poppy seeds)”

  1. That is a nice flavourful curry. I have used poppy seeds in kurma which gives a rich texture to the dish. Though this is a dry version, it looks so irresistible…

  2. Cauliflower posto looks yummy. I like cauliflower dry curry but husband likes it only in shorva. Next time I will try this with leftover florets after preparing shorva for him.

  3. Love slightly roasted cauliflower. Amazing share. Seems like todays heroes are fulkopi, fenugreek and filter coffee.

  4. Same pinch Pavani and what a coincidence even I chose,I mean made fuchka but dropped the idea of using it as I was also confused if it is Puchka or Fuchka.Love your version of poshto and it looks so beautiful .

  5. Your dishes are getting more and more interesting as the days go by. Loving this Bengali Marathon! As usual, I love the clicks in this post too 🙂

  6. I made this few mnonths back when I did Bengali theme and loved it entirely – of course your version is better photographed than mine 😉 – I am sure you loved it as much as I did

  7. I made this few mnonths back when I did Bengali theme and loved it entirely – of course your version is better photographed than mine 😉 – I am sure you loved it as much as I did

  8. Lovely flavors pavani. Love how amazingly u have captured the pale colored cauliflower so amazingly. That wooden spoon looks very pretty!!

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