Bengalis and posto ( khus khus derived from opium poppy)  seems like a happily ever after story . Posto/khus khus has been an integral part of Indian cuisine and also finds a mention in the Ayurveda for its sedative and pain relieving to properties. But it was during the British colonial rule that Bengalis bonded with posto for good. The Britishers/ East India Company realised the great opportunity in the opium trade in China  and forced Bengali peasants to cultivate opium. But the ingenious Bengali women then learned to make use of the dried opium seeds and made it an integral part of Bengali Cuisine. Some of the most famous dishes with posto are  – Aloo Posto, Aloo Jhinge Posto, Postor Bora, Chicken Posto and even Shukto.