One of the very popular Oriya recipes is Janhi Aloo Posta. Janhi (Ridge gourd) is a summer vegetable, with lot of minerals and with absolutely no fat content. It's a delicacy and very easy to cook. Most of the poppy seed based curries are eaten with rice in Orissa and west Bengal as rice is the staple diet here.
Janhi (Ridge gourd) - 3 nos. (scraped and cut into large chucks)
Potato - 1 no. (cut into thin slices)
Onion - 1 no. chopped
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
Tomato - 1no. chopped
Panch phutan - 1 tsp
Dry red chilli - 1no.
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Poppy seed paste - 2 tsp
Green Chillies - 3-4 nos.
Salt as per taste
Mustard oil - 2 tsp
Heat oil in a pan. Fry chopped potato and Janhi (ridge gourd) pieces for 4-5 mins.Remove from pan and keep aside. Grind the poppy seed along with green chillies and make a very fine paste. Add the remaining oil to the pan. Add panch phutan and dry red chilli to the oil. When it crackles add diced onion and saute a while. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry. Then add chopped tomatoes, sprinkle little salt, turmeric powder and fry until oil leaves the pan. Now add poppy seed paste to it and fry for 3-5 mins. Then add fried potato and Janhi(ridge gourd), add salt and stir well. add 1/2 cup of water to it and cover the pan. Let the veggies simmer with the paste till it is semi dry which takes nearly 5-7 mins. remove from pan and serve hot with rice and enjoy ::))
[NOTE:-Soak poppy seed in hot water for half an hour for a fine paste.]