Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Mochar Ghonto


Mocha (Banana Blossoms) - 1 large
Potato - 1 medium (100 grams), diced in small cubes
 Jeera seeds - 1/4 tsp
Bayleaf/ tej patta - 1 medium
Cinnamon - 2 inch, broken in 2-3 pieces
Cardamom / elaichi - 4 broken
Ginger - 1 tsp, grated
Cumin powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Sugar - 1tsp
Green chillies - 2 slit
Ghee - 1 tsp


Remove the blossoms after peeling away the outer leaves and clean. Chop finely.

Bring to boil 2 cups water with a pinch of salt and turmeric. Add the chopped blossoms and cook covered for 15 minutes.

Drain water and using a slotted spoon squeeze out the water completely on a colander. At this stage the quantity of blossoms is approximately equal to 1 cup. Keep this aside.

Fry potatoes till light brown and keep aside.

Heat 4 tbsp oil in a kadhai. Add bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon, and cumin seeds. Fry till the cumin seeds turn dark brown.

Add ginger, turmeric, and the cumin powder (dissolved in 2 tbsp water). Fry for 1 minute.

Add the blossoms, mix well and fry for 2 minutes on medium heat.

Add the fried potatoes, salt, and sugar. Mix well and add in 1/4 cup of water. Simmer for few minutes .

Let cook for another 3 minutes. Then add the green chillies and ghee, remove from the heat.