Chaokoh Banana Blossom


Recipe by shazia of NEW YORK, US

MoChair Ghonto

Ingredients vegetarian 6 servings

    • 2 cans of Chaokoh banana blossom OR 1 banana blossom
    • 1 medium size potato cut into cubes

    *For Flavoring

    • 4 cloves
    • 2-3 pods cardamom
    • Half inch stick cinnamon
    • 1-2 tsp of coriander powder
    • 1 tsp of red pepper powder
    • 1 tsp of salt
    • 2 tsp of sugar

    *For tempering

    • 2-3 bay leaf or Tej Patta crushed
    • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
    • 3-4 tbs of mustard oil
    • 2 tbs of ghee


    It's better to oil the hands, knife before chopping banana blossom.
    Place a news paper, then place the cutting board, also you need a small bowl approx take 2-3tsp of mustard oil.Grease your hands and fingers with it. Open the outer layer of banana blossom,take out the flowers and take out from it "the hard somewhat blackish at the top stalk" , and chop them finely. Follow the same pattern for the other layer of blossom, until you reach the central heart , which would be slightly pale yellow or off white in color .Chop it finely , you will see the sticky gum ,coming out while chopping the banana blossom, slightly oil the hands and knife again and cut carefully . If you are using can's blossom first rinse those with warm water then just chop them...

    How to get rid of the Bitterness of Mocha
    Wash them in water thoroughly 2-3 times , fill in a large pan with water, add the banana blossom(Mocha) to it , add 1tsp of turmeric powder , ½ tsp of salt and bring to boil .Cook for 5-7mints .
    Cover and stop the flame, let it cool off well, now discard the remaining water and take out the Chopped banana Blossom, squeeze in the remaining water with hands (yes that’s how our aunts and Mothers have been doing it)Or better use the sieve.

    Directions for Mochar Ghonto

    • Heat up a Kadhai,add oil, temper it with cumin seeds ,tej patta
    • Add potatoes; fry them at high for sometimes.
    • Add turmeric powder,red pepper powder,coriander,cumin powder
    • Add salt and sugar.
    • Fry all the ingredients for 4-5 mints at high.
    • Add chopped banana blossom and fry them also.
    • Add all cloves,cardamom,cinnamon.
    • Slightly sprinkle some water with hands.
    • Cover and cook for 10 mints at low, or till the potatoes are cooked.
    • With the help of spatula, gently mash the entire gravy and mix in well
    • Add ghee over the top.
    • Serve with warm cooked rice.
    • Please add ghee and garam masala generously for the great flavor of Mochar Ghonto .

    Sometimes to the above recipe, small shrimp or choto chingri mach or Bengal gram legumes (Kala Chana) is also added.


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