Bhendi posto/ ladies finger with poppy seed,  vegetables

“Bhendi posto/ Ladies finger with poppy seeds”

It is a very famous niramish (vegetarian) Bengali dish. For making purely vegetarian dish, Poppy seeds are extensively used in many Bengali cuisines. Poppy seeds help to keep you cool in summer and helps for a good healthy sleep. They are very healthy and tasty too. It is hassle free simple recipe and easy to cook. This mouthwatering dish needs minimum spices.

Benefits of the dish:-

Bhindi or ladies finger contains iron, and Vitamin K which helps in the treatment of anemia as well as strengthening bone. It is rich in fiber which helps in controlling blood sugar.  As it contains dietary fiber, it improves digestion. It alleviates asthma as it has vitamin
 
Poppy seeds have abundant magnesium helps in treating insomnia. It is rich in iron which is helpful in improving cognitive function. It is incredibly rich in calcium which boots bone health. It contains fiber which is beneficial in digestion and controls cholesterol. It is rich in antioxidant which helps in reducing skin inflammation and makes our skin and hair healthy.

Cost of preparation:-

Bhindi / ladiesfinger – Rs 40-80/ kg

Poppy seeds  – Rs 700-1200/kg

Time required:-30 mins. (approx.)

Course:-Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Can be served with: – hot steamed rice and roti also.

Ingredients
Bhindi / ladiesfinger – 250gm
·        Paste of poppy seeds/ posto bata  – 03 tsp
·        Green chilies – 05-06
·        Black nigella seed/kalojire – 1/2tsp
·        Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
·        Salt – as per taste
·        Mustard oil
·        Water – ½ cup

Direction for the recipe:-

  • Soak poppy seeds in Luke warm water 30 mins before making the paste.
  • Wash the ladies finger and chopped them. The size of each piece should be around 01”.
  • Marinate them with salt and turmeric powder.
  • Now make the poppy seed paste. For making the paste, add 02-03 green chilies, poppy seeds, salt and little water and grind it to a fine smooth paste.
  • Slit the remaining chilies in length wise.
  • Heat oil in pan / kadai.
  • When smokes start coming, add the black nigella seeds and green chilies and let it splutter.
  • Then add the chopped ladies finger.
  • Let it fry of 06-07 mins so that they tenders properly. Don’t deep fry them.
  •  Add the poppy seeds paste in it and mix it well. Fry them until the oil gets separated from the bhindi. Stir it frequently so that the paste doesn’t stick to the pan.
  •  Add water and let it simmer.
  •  Let it cook for 06-07 mins. Turn off the flame. Your hot delicious dish is ready to serve.

My tips

  • This dish can also be prepared by using Ridge Gourd as the main ingredient.
  • Cut big pieces of ladies finger otherwise while frying, the seeds of ladies finger will come out.
  • Do the whole cooing in medium flame.
  • To enhance its taste, you can add onion also.
  • People, who loved potatoes, can add potato also. Cut the potato in small pieces and marinate it with salt and turmeric powder. Fry it and keep it aside. Add fried potato before adding the poppy seed paste.
  • In Bengal, poppy seeds recipe are cooked in mustard oil. You can cook it in vegetable oil also. Choice is yours.

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