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.