Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Mochar Chop (Banana flower cutlet)

"Mocha" is the bengali name of "banana blossom".
"Mocha" is the reason, my Ma often had nasty black stains on her hands. She hardly bothered to apply oil on her hands before cutting it. Unlike me, it was never a task for her. Me and my father ..we both love "mocha"..specially the "niramish mochar torkari" Ma makes.
It was a girl who used to love banana-blossom dishes..but now the situation changed..
Eating means cooking and for that I must cut it on my own....and it's a huge "task" for me.. :(
So it's not a regular dish in my kitchen anymore! However I still love eating "mocha".
Banana flower is somewhere between red-purple in colour. Under it's boat-shape long layered covers you can find yellowish finger-like florets hanging on a row. This finger-like part is edible.
 I made "Mochar chop" (banana flower cutlet) yesterday. Sharing the recipe here.

Ingredients for "Mochar Chop":
For 10-11 "chop"

  1. Banana flower 1 large cup (chopped & boiled with salt and turmeric powder)
  2. Potato 2 medium (boiled & peeled)
  3. Coconut 2 table spoon (chopped)
  4. Roasted/fried peanuts 1 handful (peeled and halved)
  5. Ginger paste 1 teaspoon
  6. Green chilli 2-3 or according to tolerance (chopped)
  7. Bhaja Moshla 2 tea spoon (roast and grind cumin seed, fennel seed, coriander seed and dry red chilli to a powder)
  8. Salt & sugar according to your taste
  9. Cornflour 2 table spoon
  10. Water 1 cup
  11. Bread crumb for coating
  12. Refined oil for deep frying
How to prepare "Mochar Chop":

Step 1: How to peel and cut Banana Flower (Mocha):
  • First you need to peel and cut the banana flower. Apply oil to your palms very well. It will help you not to have black stains on your hands because of the sticky sap oozing from banana blossom. 
  • Discard the boat-like cover. take out finger-shaped flowers. Discard hard stick (stigma) and the transparent scale-like part from each floret. Peel the banana flower until you reach to it's cream-coloured soft core part. No more you need to discard the stigma or scale parts from each floret. Just chop it finely.
  • Chop the florets and the core finely and soak them into a bowl of turmeric-water (Take water in a bowl. Add and mix 1 tea spoon turmeric powder to it). Keep it like that for an hour.
  • Now boil chopped banana flower with salt and turmeric powder until soft. I pressure cooked over medium heat until 5 whistles.

Step 2: Make "Mochar Chop":
  • Smash boiled banana flower and potato together in a mixing bowl. Add peanuts, salt, pinch of sugar and bhaja moshla. Mix them together. 
  • Heat 1 tea spoon oil in a pan. Add chopped coconut. Give it couple of nice stir.Add ginger paste to it. Add chopped chilli. Fry until raw smell disappears. Add banana flower-potato mix to it. Fry for few seconds. Turn off the heat. Transfer the whole thing to mixing bowl. Check the seasoning. 
  • Make 10-11 balls from the mix. Shape them flat and round with your palms.
  • Mix cornflour and water to make a thin/watery batter.
  • Roll the balls one by one on bread crumb. Press with your palms. Remove excess bread crumbs. Dip into cornflour batter and roll on bread crumbs again. And shape each of them nicely.
  • Heat enough oil for deep frying. Fry "chop"s carefully until crisp reddish-brown in colour.
  • Serve with kasundi (bengali mustard sauce) or tomato ketchup or chilli sauce.

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