Spicy Steamed Banana Blossom

Mocha cut 1

Banana plant  is considered as an auspicious plant and used in many religious rituals in India  specially in Eastern & Southern sector. Lip smacking dishes are prepared out of each part of this plant.  Banana is eaten ripe or raw, exotic dishes are prepared with Banana flower, the pith, stem of this plant is also eaten as vegetable. Even the raw banana peel is also cooked and eaten. Large Banana leaves are used as disposable plates.  Traditionally , meals were preferred eaten in banana leaf.   Mocha Ghonto is common  preparation out of Banana flower and Paturi is a type of preparation of vegetables and Fish in bengal.  I have prepared paturi out this banana flower. It is cooked  wrapped in banana leaves. Primary ingredients are Banana blossom, Bengal gram paste, mustard paste, and grated coconut.

Banana leaf wrapped Banana flower cake

Mocha paturi wrap display

Ingredients:

Mocha paturi ingri

  1. Chopped Banana Blossom*- 150gms
  2. Bengal gram 50 grams soaked in water for 3 hrs
  3. Coconut scrape 50 gms
  4. Ginger paste 1 tspn
  5. Mustard paste 1 teaspon
  6. Roasted ground Garam Masala* 2 tspn
  7. Sugar 1taspn
  8. Green Chili 10 slitted.
  9. Mustard oil 3/4 cup divided
  10. Caster Sugar 1 tspn
  11. Turmeric powder 1 tspn
  12. Fresh green & soft banana leaves cut into square approx. 4”x4”. Banana leaves are not of same size , so you may cut the pieces so that it could be fold into small packets.

Method:

Boil the chopped Banana blossoms in pressure cooker for 5mins. in high flame. Let it cool.

In the mean time ground the Bengal gram into a thick paste together  with   ginger paste and two green chili. Keep aside

Now in a bowl put banana blossoms, add Bengal gram paste, coconut scrape, garam masala, sugar, salt, mustard paste and half of the oil. Mix everything together nicely. Taste the seasoning and add more accordingly. Actually this mixture tastes so good that you would like to eat it as it is.

Now oil the banana leaves and pour 1 tblspn of the banana blossom mix in middle of the leaf. Place 1 slitted green chili and pour ½ tspn oil over it. Now fold the leaves from all side and make a packet. Lock it with toothpicks. Likewise arrange the whole mixture in the leaves and make packets.

Heat the remaining oil in a flat based pan. Arrange the packets as toothpick side up word. Cook covered in slow fire. Cook for at least 10 mins per side. The leaves may get blacken. Not to worry, inside it is cooking to perfection. After both sides are cooked, keep it covered till it is plated.

Best with piping hot steamed rice.

Note: It can be cooked in steamer too. The packets has to be arranged in steamer, momo maker or idli maker and steam it for 20-25 mts in slow fire.

If you cannot arrange banana leaves, make packets of silver foil and follow the same method.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Joyeeta says:

    Looks superb!

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    1. Thanks a ton Joyeeta.Ur comments makes lot to me.

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  2. Pallavi Banerjee says:

    Spicy steamed banana leaf dish was very easily explained.It looks yum

    Would request for kashmiri mutton receipe too

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    1. Thanks Pallavi. Kashmiri mutton is in my list. In the mean time check out Rista in mutton section. This is also kashmiri preparation with minced meat.

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  3. Aniñdita says:

    An absolutely new recipe,never heard of this before

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    1. Yes it is innovative. Please try, you will be amazed.

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