Moong Dal Bhaja / Fried And Baked Pithe

Bhaja or fried pithe
Baked pithe

Moong dal bhaja/fried and baked pithe.
A deep fried delicacy from Bengal. Mildly sweet and spicy outer layer made of moong dal or yellow lentil and coconut and date palm jaggery or khajur gur stuffing. Interesting isn’t it 😊
Usually it should be deep fried but I have also baked it to make it guilt free. Sharing both methods. I have baked these in halogen oven but you can use your microwave convection mode or OTG to bake.

I remember my mother used to make different types of pithe puli on sankranti. Like bhapa or steamed pithe, ranga aloor/sweet potato pithe, gokul pithe, nolen gur paesh or kheer, green peas stuffed potato or aloor nonta/salty pithe, patishapta, dudh puli, narkol nadu or coconut laddu, malpua and this moong dal bhaja pithe. On sankranti day these was our dinner. I have made all the pithe except this bhaja pithe. It was my most favourite but I can’t remember the exact recipe. Only remember the mildly spicy and lip-smacking taste and some ingredients. My mother is no more so now whom to ask.
In a facebook group Swati Chatterjee Mookherjee posted this. So I have asked her about the recipe. And she gave me her mom’s recipe. Tried it and got the same taste of mom made pithe. Thanks Swati and a big thank to your mother.

Only difference is in her recipe she used green chilli but I remember my mother used red chilli powder. So I have used red chilli powder instead of green chilli paste. If you want you can use paste of 1 – 2 green chilli or black pepper powder instead. As I mentioned above this pithe taste better next day.

You can get some more sankranti delicacies on this blog.

Gokul pithe

Malpua

Coconut laddu or larkol nadu

Baked dudh puli

Sending this post to 182 #Foodiemonday bloghop Down memory lane theme. This beautiful theme suggested by our bloghop member Swaty Malik who blog at Food Trails.
Do visit her space for some delicious recipes.

Down the memory lane yes this pithe is perfect for the theme. It was my childhood favourite. After a long time got the same taste. I have used 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder to make it mildly spicy but if you want to make it more spicy, then you can add 3/4 to 1 teaspoon red chilli powder.
I have fried half of the pithe and baked remaining half. Baked version is also too good. Loved both the version fried and baked.

Bhaja or fried pithe

Recipe

For stuffing

Coconut – 1 cup, grated

Mawa/khoya or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur – 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For outer layer

Moong dal or split yellow lentil – 1 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Ginger paste – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup or as require

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur – 1/2 cup, grated

Rice flour – 3 tablespoon

Oil for frying

Method

1. Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Add coconut, mawa/khoya or dried milk and date palm jaggery or khajur gur. Mix well.

2. Cook on low heat, stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom.

3. When the mixture dried up and becomes like a dough remove from heat. Add cardamom powder and mix. Stuffing is ready. Let it cool down.

 

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4. Rinse the lentil well. Spread on a plate or paper towel for 30 minutes.

5. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Add the lentils.

6. Fry the lentils till fragrant and change it’s colour to light golden brown.

7. Add salt ginger paste and red chilli powder. If you want more spicy add 3/4 to 1 teaspoon red chilli powder.

8. Mix well and add water. Let it cook on low flame till the lentils becomes soft. You can add more water if require.

9. Add jaggery and mix. Cook until jaggery melted and the mixture dried up. Remove from heat.

10. Let the mixture cool down. Add rice flour gradually and mix.

11. Mix well and knead into a smooth dough. You can add 1 tablespoon more rice flour if require for binding but don’t add more than it.

12. Make small balls. Flatten the ball with your palm and place one teaspoon full stuffing in the middle.

13. Bring the edges together and make a ball again. Give the balls cylindrical shape.

14. Heat sufficient oil for deep frying. Oil should be enough hot.

15. Slid the cylindrical pithe in the oil reduce the flame and fry on low medium heat till golden brown from all the sides.

16. Remove from oil and place on paper towel. These taste best next day.

Baked method

For halogen oven

1. Brush all the pithe with oil. Place on the nonstick baking tray or plate which you got with oven.

2. Press speed up mode and set the temperature 200°. Set the timing 10 minutes. Press start to bake.

3. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes or till pithe becomes golden brown. Keep an eye after 8 minutes. Mine takes 10 minutes to bake one side and 8 minutes after turning.

4. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes or till pithe becomes golden brown. Turn over and bake other side too in this method.

For microwave convection mode or OTG

1. Preheat the at 200° for 10 minutes.

2. Bake at 200° for 8 – 10. Or until pithe becomes golden brown. Keep an eye after 6 minutes. Every oven takes different time.

Serve warm or cold. It will taste better next day. Enjoy…….

Notes

1. Instead of red chilli powder you can use green chilli paste or black pepper powder.

2. You can drizzle date palm jaggery syrup over the pithe just before serving.

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Komola Bhog Or Orange Flavoured Rasgulla

Komola bhog or orange flavoured rasgulla.
Komola bhog is a popular sweet of Bengal. Just like rasgulla but slightly larger in size and flavoured with orange. These rasgulla are stuffed with pistachio and orange segment. Stuffing and flavour made these rasgulla super yummy.

I have already shared two different flavoured rasgulla here.

Mango rasgulla

Watermelon rasgulla

You may like some more orange recipes here.

1. Kheer komola or orange kheer

2. Chocolate cake with orange crunch and glaze

3. Orange crinkle cookies or nankhatai

4. Eggless orange muffins with chocolate inside

5. Sugar free choco orange mousse with malai or milk topping

Sending this post to 178 #Foodiemonday bloghop harvest harmony theme. My contribution is orange flavoured delicious spongy rasgulla or komola bhog for this festive theme.

Recipe is same as white rasgulla but flavoured with orange and slightly larger in size. I have stuffed this rasgulla with pistachio and little orange segment and added saffron and orange juice in the sugar syrup.

Always use large pan to make rasgulla. Because rasgulla expand in the sugar syrup. If you use less sugar syrup or overcrowded in the pan rasgulla will become flat. Rasgulla need space to retain it’s shape. Here is a picture of flat komola bhog because of wrong size pan.

You can skip orange segment stuffing if you want. Stuff only pistachio or you can stuff the cottage cheese or paneer/chhena balls with small misri/rock candy or ilaichi dana/nakul dana. Or you can make it without stuffing too. I sometimes make it just like white rasgulla with orange flavour and colour.

Recipe

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4 tablespoon or as require

Sugar – 1 & 1/2 cup

Water – 3 cup

Orange juice – 1 cup

Saffron – a pinch

Orange food colour – 1 – 2 drop, optional

Orange essence – 2 – 3 drop + 2 drops for syrup

Orange segment and chopped pistachio for stuffing

Method

Please read all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla here to make perfect orange flavoured rasgulla or komola bhog.

1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil remove from heat. Add lemon juice or vinegar.
Add 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir and add 1 tablespoon more or as require to curdle the milk completely.

3. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer. If you boil further after curdling your cottage cheese and rasgulla will be hard.

4. Wash the paneer under running water or dip the cheesecloth in a bowl filled with cold water. Wash the cottage cheese well to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon.

5. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese.

6. Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavy weight on it for 2 hours.

7. Take out the cottage cheese or paneer on a large plate. Add food colour if using.

8. Mash with your finger tips and heel of your palm. Mash till your palm becomes greasy.

9. Make 5 – 6 small balls. These will become double. If you want large sized komola bhog make 5 balls.

10. Flatten the balls and place little orange segment and pistachio slivers in the middle.
You can omit orange segment if you want.

11. Close the edges and make smooth ball again.

12. There shouldn’t be any crack on the balls.
Press the balls between your fingers and palm tightly to make crack free balls.

13. Make round ball using your both palm. Make all the balls this way.

14. In a large and broad pan heat 1 cup sugar, 3 cup water, saffron and 1 cup orange juice. Pan should be large. In small pan balls may be disfigured.

15. When sugar dissolved and it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame from 2 – 3 minutes.

16. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

17. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 2 hours or until completely cool down.

18. You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.
Serve chilled or at room temperature. Try out this komola bhog and enjoy the heavenly taste.

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Kheer Komola Or Orange Kheer / Pudding

Kheer komola or orange kheer or pudding.
Kheer komola is a famous dessert of Bengal. Made with thickened milk and orange segment.
But I have made some changes and very happy with the taste. Mixed cottage cheese or paneer and khoya or dried milk in thickened milk before adding orange segment. Khoya and paneer enhance the taste. Try out this heavenly dessert on this orange season.

You may like some more orange recipes on my blog.

Chocolate cake with orange crunch and glaze

Orange crinkle cookies

Orange muffins with chocolate inside

Orange mousse with malai or milk topping

Frozen cooler

Iced green tea with orange

Papaya orange smoothie

Beetroot orange apple smoothie

Muskmelon orange coconut smoothie

Mixed fruit smoothie

Green smoothie

Sending this post to 176 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is fruits and flowers. This week Priya Iyer who blog at The word through my eyes suggested this theme. Check out her blog for the mouthwatering recipes.

We have to use any fruit or edible flower in our recipe. Interesting isn’t it? Thanks Priya, loved the theme. I am sharing this delicious kheer komola or orange kheer with orange and saffron.

Usually kheer komola made with thickened milk but I have used cottage cheese or paneer and khoya or dried milk in it. Few days ago saw a post from Rita Ghosh. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you can remember her. Rita gave two awesome recipes as guest post on this blog.
Kasundi

Kheer kadam.

In a phone call she mentioned that she used khoya, paneer and milk powder in kheer komola. And for more orange flavour added thickened orange juice at the end. Loved her idea and tried. Taste is really amazing. I have skipped milk powder and orange juice. But used khoya paneer both. But if you want you can use 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk powder. In that case reduce the amount of sugar. Now I will always add these two ingredients in kheer komola or orange pudding. Thanks Rita Ghosh for the recipe idea.

Recipe

Milk – 7 cup

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Orange – 3

Saffron – a pinch

Khoya or dried milk – 1/2 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup

Orange zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch

Chopped pistachio to garnish

Method

1. Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil, add saffron and reduce the heat.

2. Simmer till the milk changes it’s colour and becomes thick. Stir occasionally.

3. Add sugar and mix well.
Now add mashed khoya or dried milk and mix. Mixture will become thick.

4. Mash the paneer or cottage cheese well to make smooth. Get the khoya and paneer recipes here.

5. Switch off the heat and let the milk cool down.

6. Add mashed paneer or cottage cheese and mix well.

7. Again cook on low heat. Don’t increase the heat. When milk starts to boil remove from heat and keep aside.

8. Peel the oranges. Take out the orange segment by removing outer transparent skin. Remove the seeds.

9. When the milk completely cool down add the orange segments. If you want you can add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or orange essence or thickened orange juice. See notes for how to add orange juice.

10. Garnish with chopped pistachio. Serve room temperature or keep in refrigerator for 30 minutes and serve chilled.

Notes

1. Cashew nuts, raisins, almond or any dry fruits can be added in it.
2. After adding cottage cheese or paneer don’t increase the heat. Cook on low flame.
3. You can use one more orange if you want.
4. If you want to add orange juice as Rita Ghosh mentioned, cook the orange juice to thickened and add at the end.

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Chicken Kosha With Whole Garlic And Potatoes

Chicken kosha.
Chicken or mutton kosha is a famous dish of Bengal. You can make this curry with mutton, eggs or any vegetables.
Kosha means bhuna or saute. You have to fry chicken with onion, garlic, tomato and spices on low flame till done. Need lots of patience but the result will be lip-smacking and flavourful.
Posting a non veg dish after a long time. Some of my blog reader requested for a spicy chicken. So here is a delicious mouthwatering dry chicken curry for you. Hope you will like it.

You can get some more chicken and mutton dishes here

1. Zafrani chicken

2. Chicken dak bungalow

3. Chicken chaap

4. Rara mutton

5. Railway mutton curry

If you want your chicken less spicy decrease the amount of chilli but if you want it hot increase green chilli or you can add 1 – 2 teaspoon hot variety red chilli powder in the curry.

I have added potatoes and whole garlic in it. But its optional. You can skip whole garlic if you want. And if you love the taste of garlic then I am sure you will love this curry with whole garlic. If you want you can also make it without potatoes.

Recipe

For marination

Chicken – 500 gram

Onion garlic paste – 1 tablespoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Thick yogurt – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For curry

Onion – 3, thinly sliced

Tomato – 3 chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Garlic – 10 cloves, minced

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste, chopped

Whole garlic – 2-3, optional

Potatoes – 2, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Green cardamom – 3 – 4, crushed

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Clove – 3 – 4

Bay leaf – 2

Oil – 1/2 cup

Hot water – 1 cup

Method

1. Clean and wash the chicken pieces. Marinate with ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, cumin powder, thick yoghurt, lemon juice, mustard oil, salt, red chilli powder and black pepper powder.

2. Cover and keep in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

3. Peel and cut the potatoes into half. Wash, drain and keep aside.

4. Peel the outer layer of the garlic and wash well.

5. Thinly slice the onions.

6. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the potatoes until light golden brown, remove from oil and keep aside.

7. Add crushed green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf in the oil.

8. Now add sugar and sliced onions. Caramelised sugar will give the curry perfect colour so don’t skip it.

9. Fry for a couple of minutes and add minced garlic, green chilli and grated ginger.
Fry till onions becomes light brown and raw smell of garlic goes away.

10. Add the chopped tomatoes, cumin powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and garam masala powder. If you want your curry hot add 1 – 2 teaspoon hot variety red chilli powder. Fry till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

11. Add marinated chicken pieces along with its spices. Mix well.
Cover and cook on low medium heat. Stir in between to avoid sticking at the bottom.

12. After 10 – 15 minutes add fried potatoes and whole garlic. Mix well. If you like you can omit the garlic or potatoes.

13. Again cover cook on low flame. Stir in between.

14. When oil leaves the sides add hot water and cook till everything becomes soft.

When chicken and potato pieces becomes soft cook on high heat till you get your desired consistency. Curry should be almost dry.

Serve hot with pulao, fried rice, roti, paratha, puri, luchi, naan, steamed rice or any Indian bread or rice dishes.

Notes

1. If you like you can omit whole garlic. Potatoes are also optional.
2. Add chilli according to your taste. You can increase the green and red chilli if you want your curry more spicy.

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Kumro Chokka Or Pumpkin Stir Fry

Kumro chokka or pumpkin stir fry with panch phoran or Bengali five spices.
Goes well with luchi or puri, paratha or any bread. Taste is spicy, tangy and with little sweetness. In short its super yummy. Kumro is pumpkin in Bengali. Its a traditional no onion garlic Bengali recipe. But every home has its own recipe with some variation. I am sharing my mother’s recipe. Maa usually made it with fulko luchi or tikona porota or paratha in breakfast. Get fulko luchi recipe here

Monday again and this week’s 163 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #pumpkin treat.
Saswati Hota suggested the theme pumpkin. We can make anything with pumpkin but I remember my Maa’s kumro chokha. Didn’t make it a long time. So here is my Maa’s tangy spicy super yummy kumro chokka.

Normally black chickpea is used to make kumro chokka but I have used white chickpea or garbanzo beans. You can use black chickpea if you like.
Sugar is optional but for taste don’t omit it. Use at least 1/2 to 1 teaspoon.

Recipe

Pumpkin – 1 & 1/2 cup, chopped

Potatoes – 1 cup, chopped

Chickpeas – 1/4 cup

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Panch phoran – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Asafoetida or hing – a pinch

Green chilli – 2

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1 – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry roasted cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Or

Dry roasted mixed spices or bhaja moshla – 3/4 teaspoon, Get bhaja moshla recipe here

Amchur or dry mango powder – 2 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak the chickpeas overnight and boil in pressure cooker. I have used garbanzo beans or white chickpeas but you can use black chickpea if you like.

2. Chop the pumpkin and potatoes in small cubes.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Add panch phoran and let the five spices splutter.
Panch phoran consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.

4. Add dry red chilli and asafoetida or hing.

5. Now add the chopped potatoes.
Fry till the potatoes becomes light brown.

6. Add chopped pumpkin and boiled chickpeas. Mix well.

8. Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and sugar. Mix well.

9. Cover and cook on low flame. Stir occasionally.
You can add little water to avoid burning.

10. Check in between. Pumpkin should not get mushy.

12. When potatoes and pumpkin become soft and dried up add amchur and roasted cumin powder or bhaja moshla or roasted mix spice powder.
Mix well and remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Serve with luchi or puri, paratha or any bread.

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Hinger Kochuri Or Hing / Asafoetida Kachori With Potato Curry

Hinger kochuri or hing/Asafoetida kachori with potato curry.
A famous breakfast dish of Bengal. Hing or asafoetida flavoured split black gram or udad dal stuffed deep fried flat bread.
Usually served with chholar dal or chana dal aloor dom or potato curry. Everyone love the strong aroma of hing or asafoetida in the stuffing. For me its a perfect Sunday breakfast.

You can get some more fried breakfast recipes here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Biscuit roti

Instant kachori

Radhaballvi and dum aloo

Luchi dum aloo

Sending this post to 158 #Foodiemonday bloghop #IndianFlatBread theme.
Sharing an easy way to make this delicious aromatic savoury snack. I am sharing my mother’s recipe today. To retain the strong aroma of hing or asafoetida I have also added little hing in the dough as I heard from my maa. She always followed such small tricks in her cooking.

In Bengal you can get this delicious kachori in every roadside food stall.
I have served it with a potato curry. No not dum aloo its a delicious spicy no onion garlic potato gravy made with crumbled boiled potato. You can serve it with any bread, luchi or puri or paratha.

You can make the dough with half refined flour and half whole wheat flour. But for taste better to make it with maida or refined flour.

Recipe

For Stuffing

Split black gram or udad dal – 1/2 cup

Hing or asafoetida – 1 teaspoon

Fennel seeds or saunf – 1 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1-2

For the dough

Maida or refined flour – 1 cup

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 1/3 cup or as require

Oil for deep frying

For potato curry

Potato – 4 large, boiled

Tomato – 3, chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. In a large bowl mix refined flour or maida, salt and oil. Mix well.

2. Now add 1/4 teaspoon hing and add water slowly. Don’t mix all the water in one go.

3. Knead well. Make a smooth dough. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.

4. Soak fennel seeds or saunf in little water for easy grinding.

5. Drain the water from soaked split black gram. Wash again and drain the water.

6. Mix grated ginger, green chilli and soaked fennel seeds.

7. Add very little water if require. Grind altogether.

8. Don’t make too smooth. Mixture should be lightly coarse. But if it becomes smooth don’t worry. It will also fine.

9. Heat mustard oil in a nonstick pan.
Add hing or asafoetida.

10. Now add the ground mixture.
Add salt, sugar and cumin powder. Mix well.

11. Fry the mixture till it comes together and becomes like a dough. And raw smell goes away. You can smell the nice aroma.

12. Taste and adjust salt. If the strong aroma of hing or asafoetida is missing add little more hing. And mix well. Remove from heat.

13. If you want your stuffing more spicy, then you can add 1 teaspoon bhaja moshla and mix well. Get the bhaja moshla recipe here.

14. Let the mixture cool down.
Make small balls from the refined flour or maida dough. You can make 9 – 10 balls.

15. Roll the dough into a small disc with the help of little oil.

16. Place one teaspoon full split black gram or udad dal stuffing in the middle.

17. Bring the edges together and close the ball.

18. Seal the edges well.
Stuff all the balls like this.

19. Press gently and place the stuffed ball sealed side down.

20. Roll the balls gently with rolling pin. Don’t roll these too thin.

21. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok.
Slid the rolled kachori in the oil.

22. Press gently with a slatted spatula. When the kachori puffed up turn over and fry the other side too.

23. Remove from oil. Fry all the kachori in this process.

Potato curry

1. Peel and crumble the potatoes with your hand. Don’t make smooth paste, just crumble them.

2. Grind tomatoes, green chilli and ginger into a smooth paste.

3. Heat oil in a pan.
Add cumin seeds. Let them splutter.

4. Add hing stir and the ground tomato paste.

5. Add Cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder.

6. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add crumbled potatoes and salt. Mix well.
Fry for a minute.

7. Add 2 cup water and mix well.

8. Let it boil. Now reduce the flame. Simmer for 7 – 8 minutes. Stir occasionally.

9. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more water if require to make gravy.

10. Take out the curry in a serving bowl. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve with hot hinger kochuri or hing kachori.

Notes

1. Increases or decrease the chill according to your taste.

2. You can add 1/4 cup whole wheat flour or atta with refined flour for the dough.

3. If you are adding whole wheat flour or atta with refined flour add 1/2 teaspoon salt in the dough.

4. You can serve the kachori with dum aloo, chana dal or any spicy curry.

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Mochar Chop Or Banana Blossom Croquettes

Mochar chop or banana blossom croquettes. A deep fried delicious snack.
Vitamin and mineral rich banana blossom or flower called mocha in Bengal. Its not only nutritious but also delicious.
I have already shared a traditional Bengali recipe mochar ghono or banana blossom dry curry. Get the recipe here.

The banana tree is the ideal to look up to when it comes to a ‘no wastage’ policy! Almost all parts of the banana tree can be used. The most obvious is the fruit—bananas that we eat almost daily. But, other parts of the tree also offer many health benefits!

Both the South Asians and Southeast Asians use banana flowers as a vegetable. They use it either raw or steamed with dips. They also use those in soups, curries and fried foods. The flavor resembles that of artichoke. Like artichokes, both the fleshy part of the bracts and the heart are edible.
Banana flowers are called banana hearts for a reason! These flowers are pretty, but you should not dismiss them as merely decorative elements. They have a host of health benefits too!

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Now here is a delicious deep fried snack banana blossom croquettes or mochar chop.
You have to oil your hands before cleaning and chopping to avoid stain on your hands due to high iron content.

Recipe

Mocha or banana blossom – 1 small

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Boiled potatoes – 3 large

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Mustard oil – 2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Bhaja moshla or roasted spice powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon, get the recipe of bhaja moshla here

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Peanut – handful, roasted

Breadcrumb – 2 tablespoon

For batter

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Water – 1/3 cup

Breadcrumb and refined flour or maida for coating

Oil for deep fry

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Get the method of cleansing and chopping banana blossom here

2. Soak the chopped florets in the water with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon turmeric powder overnight.

3. Next day boil the chopped florets in pressure cooker with 1 & 1/2 cup water for 3 – 4 whistle or cook on high flame for 1 whistle then cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes.

4. Let it cool down. Drain the water and wash again in running tap water.
Squeeze all the water.

5. Peel and mash or grate the potatoes.

6. Dry roast and peel the peanuts. Break the peanut into half.

7. Heat 2 teaspoon mustard oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

8. Add grated ginger and chopped green chili. Fry till the raw smell goes out.

9. Add squeezed banana blossom or mocha. Saute until dried up completely.

10. Add boiled and mashed potatoes salt, sugar, bhaja moshla or dry roasted and ground spices, chaat masala and cumin powder.

11. Mix well and saute till everything mixed nicely.

12. Add dry roasted peanut, mix and remove from heat and let it cool down.

13. In a bowl mix refined flour or maida and water. Mix water gradually and make a lump free batter.

14. In a plate spread breadcrumb and in another plate spread maida or refined flour.

15. Add 2 tablespoon breadcrumb in the banana blossom and potato mixture. Mix well with hand.

16. Make 7 – 8 balls. Make them round patties or give cylindrical shape.

17. Roll them on refined flour or maida then dip into the cornflour batter.

18. Roll on the breadcrumbs.

19. Make all the chop or croquettes like this.

20. Fry immediately or you can keep these in refrigerator and fry later.

21. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok.
Fry all the chop or croquettes. Stir gently with a slotted spatula. Fry evenly from all the sides.

22. Remove from oil and place on pepper towel.

Serve hot with kasundi or Bengali mustard sauce, tomato sauce or any sauce.
Enjoy…..

Notes

1. If you want you can add fried sliced onion in the croquettes. Or fry the onion slices with ginger and green chilli.

2. You can add raisins or chopped cashew nuts with peanut.

3. Add green chilli according to your taste. You can increase or decrease the amount of chillies.

4. You can add chopped and fried coconut pieces in the banana blossom potato mixture.

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