Bengalees' biggest festival DURGAPUJA starts with Banana tree (idol as Lord Ganesha wife) bathing!
Every section of Banana tree is worth usable, even in cooking!
If Lord Ganesha, who believed penned the epic Mahabharata, is asked to write about Banana tree, perhaps he would have to write manifold more than Mahabharata!
Banana flower, or the cone (called 'Mocha' in Bengali) is worth cooking many dishes. Here is one.
1 banana cone
1 cup chana dal or lentil dal
1 tsp black cumin
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp poppy seeds
2 bay leaf
2 dry red chili
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp dry red chili powder
1 tsp Garam Masala powder
1 tsp ghee
salt to taste
|Frying of dumplings|
First, Prepare this banana cone, before hand, mince it finely and soak in water for 40-45 minutes, then boil those minced cone with salt and turmeric powder. When get boiled, drain water, keep it dry, set aside.
Now make Dal dumplings.
soak and (paste) grind 1 cup chana dal. Mix 1 tsp black cumin, salt and 1/4 tsp baking soda with it and blend.
Add 2 tsp poppy seeds with it and blend again.
Blend this mixture thoroughly to make crispy, fluffy dal dumplings. Make small dumplings and deep fry.
|Fried Dal dumplings ready|
Add, small squarely chopped potatoes.
Add 1/2 cup ground nut, 1/2 cup boiled gram, salt, turmeric powder and mix well.
Add 1/2 tsp ginger paste, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1/2 tsp dry red chili powder and mix well.
Now mix the minced cone with fried ingredients.pour little water. Now add those dal dumplings and put lid for few minutes.
now add Garam Masala powder, little sugar and 1 tsp ghee, before off from flame.
Thrash the dal dumplings with the back of the ladle. "Mocha Ghonto' means everything should be mashed with each other ingredients.
|Cooking banana cone mashed curry|
|Banana cone mashed curry ready|