Potol Posto

Potol Posto is a famous Bengali delicacy prepared by cooking fried pointed gourd/parwal in a rich poppy seed and coconut gravy. It goes well with plain rice.


  • 6 pointed gourd/patol, peeled, halved and marinated with salt and turmeric powder for 5 minutes.
  • 3/4 cup poppy seeds, soaked in warm water
  • 1/2 cup coconut, grated
  • 3 green chili
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste
  • Oil as required
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder


  1. Grind poppy seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, 2 green chilies, and a little salt into a fine paste.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add onion seeds, pointed gourd. Sauté for a while.
  3. Add 4 tbsp grated coconut and sauté.
  4. Add poppy seed paste, salt, sugar and warm water and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add grated coconut and green chilli.
  6. Serve Patol Posto warm with plain rice.

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