Potol. Posto. Potol Posto. Period.
Oh no wait...first I need to tell you this conversation I had with Little Sis. Okay ? Okay. Period.
So it is one of those days and I am tired and I tell LS: "If I knew magic I could come home from work in a second and wouldn't have to drive so long".
LS: " Well, for that you need to ask someone who knows that kind of magic".
Me: " Well, how do I know someone like that?"
LS appears to ignore this and then after a minute says : "Or you could Dream. Dreams come true, you know?"
Me, excited at this optimistic, positive child of mine: "Really? So what do you dream of ?"
LS: "Well that I am a famous singer". Whaa...at, really???? " And that I am eating chocolate cake" That is better. "And I am watching Food Network". Really kiddo...this...this is your dream... of watching stupid Chopped on FN.
But I don't say all that. Instead I say: "Ahhh that sounds great. So tonight I am going to dream then".
At this LS goes into deep thought and then after a minute says : "Well, actually dreams don't even come true. They say all that in the TV. Anyway nothing that they say on TV is true. On TV, Franklin the turtle talks. Do turtles ever talk in real life ? No.They are all puppets on TV and dreams will never come true"
I give up. Let us eat the Potol Posto instead. Don't ask me why I added Onion, you might as well skip it.And if you don't get Potol, don't even dream of it. Will not help. Period.
Scrape the skin off Potol/Pointed gourd/Parwal and peel strips in alternate. I had about 10 small potol .Chop each potol in 4 along the length. Chopping in two should have been fine but these potol were not very fresh so I did 4.
Toss them with salt and turmeric powder and keep aside for 10 mins.
Meanwhile dry grind 1/4 cup of posto aka poppy seeds and mix with little water to make a thick-ish wet paste.
Heat a tbsp musard oil. Fry the potol till they develop brown spots. Need not get all crinkly. Remove and keep aside
If there is not enough oil in the kadhai/frying pan, add about 1 tsp more.
When the oil is hot temper the oil with 1/2 tsp of Kalo Jeera/Kalonji and 4-5 hot green chili slit through.
Once the spices pop add half on an onion chopped in thin slices and fry the onion till it is soft and light brown.
To the pan add the fried patol and toss it with the spices and onion. Next add the poppy seed paste and with sprinkle of water fry for next 3-4 minutes till raw smell of posto is gone.
Now add a little more water, a little less than 1/4 cup, add salt, sugar to taste and cover and let the patol cook till done. Remove cover and serve with rice.