Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mochar ghonto/banana flower dry dish..Popular begali dish

Bengalis love their food so much so that they just don't waste any part of the vegetable like us .We konkanis too prepare so many dishes from banana plant.I got one nice banana flower from our garden and wanted to try something other than konkani dish because i have tried two dishes before with this flower.So when i was searching some recipes relating to banana flower i got this beautiful dish which i really liked a lot.Though i have not followed the exact recipe because i always try to cook according to my hubby and kids taste in mind before trying something new dishes.So i always advice  never blindly follow any recipe unless you are 100% confident about the taste.You can do some changes here and there according to your taste.

  Ghanta means finely chopped veggies or minced veggies dry dish.You can prepare this with any of the veggies or with some mixed vegetables too.

Banana flower-1
Cumin seeds-1/2tsp
Red chilly-2
Crushed ginger-1tsp
Turmeric powder-12/tsp
Coconut -1/4 cup(grated)
Salt and sugar to taste
Mustard oil-2tsp


First remove outer dark coloured leaves ,at least 3-4 layers of leaves you have to remove to reach the heart of the flower.

Inside every layer you will get these tiny flowers which need to use that florets also so keep all the florets and  clean and finely chop them along with the main flower.Before handling the banana flower apply some coconut or mustard oil to your hands to protect your hands from that sticky juice.Once you are done with the chopping soak it in the water for a while.

  • Powder cardamom,cinnamon and cloves to get fine garam masala powder and keep aside.
  • Now heat oil in pan add cumin and Red chillies and saute for a second.
  • Add crushed ginger followed by diced potato.Stir fry potatoes till it cooks to light brown.
  • Now its time to add chopped banana flowers.Before using the flowers do not forget to squeeze all the water out.
  • Saute for a minute then add turmeric ,sugar and salt and mix it well.
  • Cover it with a lid for 5-7 mins or until the dish is almost dry over a low flame.
  • Then add powdered spices and grated coconut,mix it well and switch off the gas.
  • Serve hot with steaming hot rice and dal.

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