Mochar Ghonto

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Total Time:
30-45 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Category: Festive Recipe
Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Saute Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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Mochar Ghonto is a traditional Bengali dish made with Banana flowers or Banana Blossoms. Mochar is the Bengali name for Banana flowers which are called Kele ka Phool in Hindi, Bale Moothi in Kannada and Vazhapoo in Tamil. 

Banana flowers have amazing health benefits as they are loaded with protein, fibre, calcium, iron and minerals like phosphorus, copper and potassium.  

For Mochar Ghonto, boiled banana florets and potatoes are cooked along with coconut and spices. Mochar Ghonto is usually quite dry and tastes best with steamed rice and dal.

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  • 1 - mocha ( flower of banana )
  • 2 - medium sized potatoes.
  • 5 - green chillies, slit
  • 1 tbsp - turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp - salt
  • 1/2 tsp - sugar, for caramelising
  • 1 tbsp - ghee
  • 5 tbsp - mustard oil
  • 1/2 - coconut
  • 4 tbsp - Bengal gram, soaked
  • To be Ground:
  • 1 tsp - cumin
  • 1 tsp - coriander
  • 1 inch piece - ginger
  • For garam masala:
  • 2 cardamom, 2 inch cinnamon - to be ground

How to Make Mochar Ghonto

  • Clean the florets, cut all the florets into pieces.
  • Soak the florets in turmeric powder and water for an hour.
  • Cut the potatoes into pieces
  • Take the florets and boil for 10 minutes.
  • Drain the water and keep aside.
  • Heat the skillet with 4-5 tbsp oil and fry the potatoes. Keep it aside.
  • Put 2-3 bay leaves in the rest of remaining oil along with sugar and caramelise.
  • Make fine pieces of coconut and fry it in the oil with 1/2 tsp of whole cumin.
  • Put the soaked Bengal grams in it and add the masala paste to it.
  • Fry all the ingredients and put the fried potatoes in it along with the boiled florets along with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp turmeric powder.
  • Simmer on low heat and pour 1/2 cup of water in it to boil the potatoes.
  • After the potatoes are done and the water dries add garam masala and ghee
  • Simmer it for sometime and serve.