Posto dana is an uncommon & popular oilseed. It is uncommon because it is not widely used in food and many people did not even taste it in their whole life. This oilseed does not exist in many people’s life. You can show those seeds to people from different communities. You will notice that many people could not identify it. It is popular because it is used widely in traditional dishes. Bengali people also use it to make various traditional dishes. It is nutritious. But how many of you know what is called posto dana in English? Do you know posto meaning in English? Many people know and many people do not know this. It is truly an uncommon popular oilseed.
Posto meaning in English
Bengali Posto dana in English?
As you know posto dana is nothing but oilseed collected from dried seed pods obtained from poppy. That is why it is called poppy seeds in English.
It is also known as Khus khus in the Hindi language. It has different names in different languages. So what is it called in your language? Is it used to make any special dish in your cuisine? Then do not forget to share it with us by leaving a comment.
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Benefits of poppy seeds (posto dana in English)
It is used to bring taste to the dish. It provide texture in the dish by adding a paste of posto dana. Sometimes whole seeds are used to add to many dishes.
As I said it is nutritious because moderns science claims that it contains a significant amount of protein. Experts say that poppy seeds (posto meaning in English) contain thiamin and folate. It is also good a source of various essential minerals that includes calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, zinc etc. Its seeds is very tiny but it is a rich source of various vitamins and minerals.
Usage of poppy seeds (posto meaning in English)
It is used in various regions across the world. Turkey, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Hungary are the major produces of poppy seeds in the world. So if you are thinking that it is only used in Indian subcontinent then it is wrong. It is cultivated more in European countries than us. That means they also use it extensively.
As it is an oilseed, so it is pressed to extract oil. That poppy oil is used for culinary purposes.
Whole seeds are added to make cakes, burgers, sandwiches, pastries etc. You might have noticed that when you were having those in a restaurant. Whole poppy seeds are also extensively used to make rusk, muffins and biscuits.
Just like whole poppy seeds, the paste of poppy seeds is also added to make various pastries, burgers, cakes etc. Sometimes it is used as filling items of those. But Bengali people use it to make traditional dry curry based dishes. Bengalis even add posto paste to almost every possible dish. It is often used in fish curry, veg curry, chutneys.
Bengali style aloo jhinge & posto, Bengali style aloo sojne data & posto is also very popular traditional dishes. Both of those dishes are poppy seeds based dishes. You can understand it by the name of those dishes – jhinge posto, sojne data posto. Actually, Bengalis whose ancestors were from West Bengal are very fond of poppy seeds. They love poppy seeds a lot.
Did you ever try posto bata (raw poppy seeds paste)? It is a simple poppy seeds paste without cooking. The raw taste of such posto is vey different. I love it. People love such posto bata with plain rice.