Niramish Mochar Ghonto Or Banana Blossoms Curry With Black Chikpeas"Mochar Ghonto" is a traditional Bengali side dish for lunch. This kind of veg curry goes well with steamed rice. This is a very unique Bengali recipe of Banana Blossoms/Flowers. But cleaning Banana Blossoms is not very easy. This step is very leanghty. It will take an hour to clean all the banana flowers. But cooking is not a big deal.
My mom and my Mom-in-law both have different ways to make this curry. So I decided to share my Mom-in-law's recipe today, as her version I liked the most. My mom-in-law is vegetarian, so I adopted her vegetarian recipe, and my mom's non-vegetarian recipe, which I'll post later. In this vegetarian version Black Chickpeas & Scraped Coconut are added, which makes this curry even more delicious. So here is the recipe.
Steps to Prepare
Take the chopped Banana Blossoms, salt, turmeric, oil & soaked black chickpeas in a pressure cooker and boil with little water in it in a Pressure Cooker. Boil for 2 whistels. Let the pressure realese itself.
Now pour the boiled banana blossoms in a flat bowl and let it come to room temperature. Now mash the whole boiled thing with your hand, and keep aside.
Take a pan, heat the vegetable oil in it. When the oil is hot enough, add bay leaf and cumin seeds, and let the seeds crackle.
Add the chopped potatoes and fry till golden brown. In the meantime make a paste of ginger paste, turmeric, cumin, coriander & red chii powder with 2 tablespoons of water.
Add the paste to the pan, with fried the potatoes. Add salt & sugar into the pan and stir fry for 1-2 minutes, till oil oozes fro te spice mixture.
Now add the mashed banana blossoms to the pan and keep stirring. When all the water will be evaporated and banana blossoms will look little dry, add the scrapped coconut and mix with the banana blossoms curry and keep stirring for another 2 minutes.
Sprinkle some garam masala powder to the curry and turn off the heat. Your "Authentic Mochar Ghonto" is ready now. Enjoy...
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