Pointed gourd or parwal with poppy seeds or khaskhas.
In Bengali its potol posto.
Pointed gourd or parwal ranked as one of the nutritious food. Full of vitamins like A, B1, B2, and vitamin C.
It provides very less calories so it helps to keep the cholesterol level in control.
Poppy seeds helps to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol level in blood. Good source of dietary fiber, iron, copper, calcium etc.
Its potol posto or pointed gourd (parwal) with poppy seeds. Extremely tasty parwal or pointed gourd dish goes well with hot steamed rice.
Parwal/pointed gourd – 250 gram
Khaskhas/poppy seeds – 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Green chilli – 2-3
Salt to taste
Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon
Scrap the parwal length wise leaving streaks of skin alternate strokes. Chop off the pointed end of both sides.
Make small slits on both sides. Parwal should be intact. Or you can make 4 pieces lengthwise. Wash and drain the parwal/pointed gourd.
Soak the poppy seeds in hot water for 1-2 hours. Make a thick paste with green chilli.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Fry the parwal till light brown. Add salt and turmeric powder.
Saute then add poppy seed green chilli paste. Fry till the raw smell of poppy seed is gone. Fry well. Add little water and cover till done.
Now add 1 tsp oil and mix. When dried up completely switch off the flame. Potol posto is ready to serve. Garnish with green chilli.