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!

Some of the health benefits of banana flowers are:

Wards Off Infections: …
Reduces Free Radical Activity: …
Reduces Menstrual Bleeding: …
Manages Diabetes And Anemia: …
Rich Source Of Vitamins And Minerals: …
Boosts Mood And Reduces Anxiety: …
Helps Nursing Mothers:
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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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Mango Walnut Choco Chips Muffins

Eggless mango walnut choco chips muffins with whole wheat flour. Its eggless and butter less too. I have used only 1/4 cup olive oil in it.
One more mango recipe for you. Mango season at its peak so enjoy this royal fruit before it’s season over.

This is my second post for Facebook group Recipe Swap Challenge. This month my partner is lovely Bhawana Singh who blog at Code 2 cook.
I have selected her healthy and delicious Eggless whole wheat banana walnut muffins.
Thanks Bhawana for this wonderful recipe.

I have followed the recipe just replace banana with mango. Because its mango season and I want to use this royal fruit in these muffins. But if you want you can use 2 mashed banana instead of mango.

Recipe is very simple and easy. Mango, walnut and choco chips made these muffins super yummy. This muffins is made with whole wheat flour or atta and olive oil. A healthy treat for weight watchers. If you like you can use refined flour/maida or any flour of your choice. I will make it again with some gluten free flour.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 cup +1 teaspoon

Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup

Olive oil – 1/4 cup

Mango – 1 cup, chopped

Choco chips – 1/4 cup

Milk – 1/2 cup

Vinegar – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Walnut – 1/4 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease the muffin tray or cupcake moulds.

3. Mix vinegar with room temperature milk and keep aside.

4. Mix 1 teaspoon flour with Choco chips and walnut to avoid sinking at the bottom.

5. Blend the mango pieces in mixer grinder or food processor.

6. In a bowl sieve 1 cup whole wheat flour or atta, baking soda and cinnamon powder.

7. In a large bowl mix olive oil, vinegar mixed milk and powdered sugar. Whisk well.

8. Add vanilla essence and blended mango pieces. Whisk again.

9. Now add the dry ingredients gradually. Mix well to make a smooth lump free batter.

10. Fold in walnut pieces and choco chips.

11. Pour the batter in the greased mould.
Fill 3/4 and sprinkle walnut pieces generously.

12. Bake in preheated oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

13. Let it cool down on wire rack.
Serve warm or room temperature.
Enjoy….
Happy baking 😊

Notes

1. You can use refined flour or maida or any flour instead of whole wheat flour or atta.

2. You can use 2 mashed banana instead of mango. Or use any mashed fruit of your choice.

3. If you don’t like choco chips then you can add any dry fruits in it.

4. If you don’t like cinnamon then you can omit it. Or you can use any flavour of your choice.

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Dhuska

Dhuska.

A spicy and delicious gluten free breakfast dish.
Dhuska is a common food of Jharkhand. Which are deep fried rice flour and lentil pancakes that may be served with spicy potato curry or chickpea curry.

This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Jharkhand cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner for Jharkhand cuisine is Seema Doraiswamy Sriram who blog at

Mildly Indian.co

visit her blog for more delicious recipes. Seema gave me rice and salt as secret ingredients. And I have made these decisions dhuska with these ingredients. Thanks Seema for these easy to use ingredients.
I gave her Bengal gram or chana dal and oil. Visit her blog for the brilliant recipe she shared.

 

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According to Wikipedia Jharkhand (lit. “Bushland” or The land of forest) is a state in eastern India, carved out of the southern part of Bihar on 15 November 2000. The state shares its border with the states of Bihar to the north, Uttar Pradesh to the northwest, Chhattisgarh to the west, Odisha to the south and West Bengal to the east.
The city of Ranchi is its capital and Dumka its sub capital.
Jharkhandis have a cuisine in which spices are rarely used and rice is the staple diet. They prepare different dishes of rice, different types of Rotis, Litti Chokha, Panipuri (Gupchup), Pittha, Dhuska, Dudhauri, kera-dudhauri and Jhalmudh.

Dhuska is a famous dish of Jharkhand cooked with ground rice and pulses and served with either aaloo dum or mutton curry; kera-dudhauri is a famous dish prepared with milk, rice, ghee and gur. In many parts of Jharkhand including Panch Pargana area (Bundu, Rahe, Sonahatu, Silli, Angara, Arki and Tamar Blocks of Ranchi & Khunti districts) a special food item “Charpa” is prepared by frying mashed rice mixed with spicy vegetable preparations; hence the name follows viz. Sembi Charpa, Egg Charpa and many more depending upon the ingredient vegetable source.

I am sharing dhuska recipe today. Serve it as breakfast with dum aloo, any chutney, pickle or any spicy potato curry or serve as a snack with tea or coffee. But believe me you don’t need anything with it. Its spicy and superbly delicious.

Recipe

Rice – 1 cup

Chana dal or split Bengal gram – 1/2 cup

Udad dal or split black gram – 1/4 cup

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1 – 2, finely chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Salt to taste

Water as require

Oil for deep frying

Method

1. Wash and soak rice and both lentils or dal overnight.

2. Drain the water and grind the rice and lentils into a smooth paste.
Add little water to grind easily. Use very little water.
Batter should be thick but flowing just like idli batter.

3. Add salt, cumin powder, turmeric powder, chaat masala, grated ginger, chopped green chilli, and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.
Mix well.

4. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok.
Pour a ladle full batter in the middle.

5. When it puffed up turn over and fry the other side on low heat. Fry till it becomes golden brown.

6. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel.

7. Increase the heat and add ladle full batter again. Let it puffed up, turn over and fry the other side on low heat. Fry all the dhuska in this method.

8. Serve hot with spicy potato curry or ghugni or chickpea curry.
Or serve as a snack with tea or coffee.

Notes

1. You can add finely chopped onion and minced garlic in the batter if you want.

2. Add green chilli according to your taste. If you want more spicy add 3 – 4 chillies.

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Chutney Idli

Chutney idli.
A delicious soft steamed breakfast dish made with semolina or suji and coriander or cilantro chutney ingredients. You can serve it with any chutney or dip. But its taste great without anything. So it can be serve as snack.

Normally idli batter need to be fermented.
According to Wikipedia Idli or idly are a type of savoury rice cake, popular as breakfast foods throughout India and northern Sri Lanka. The cakes are made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice. The fermentation process breaks down the starches so that they are more readily metabolized by the body.
But you don’t have to soak, grind and ferment to make these idli.

A quick and easy to make idli. Just mix roasted semolina and chutney ingredients. Wait for only 10 – 15 minutes and steam. Delicious, soft and fluffy idli will be ready in few minutes.
And because of semolina its healthy too. Have a look on the health benefits of semolina or suji.
Helps Diabetics: …
Helps In Weight Loss: …
Provides Energy: …
Provides Balance To Diets: …
Boosts Body Functions: …
Prevents Iron Deficiency: …
Provides Antioxidants: …
Prevents High Cholesterol.
Source

Now coming to the recipe. I don’t like garlic much so I didn’t use it. But if you love garlic flavour then you can add 1 – 2 cloves garlic while grinding the cilantro and mint leaves.
You can use more lemon juice if you want your idli tangy.

Recipe

Semolina or suji – 1 cup

Curd – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 cup

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Rai or mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 10 – 12, chopped

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Eno – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Heat oil in a pan. Add rai or mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add curry leaves, stir and add semolina or suji. Fry for 2 – 3 minutes. Don’t make the semolina brown. Semolina shouldn’t change it’s colour.

2. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

3. Whisk the curd and keep aside.

4. Grind cilantro or coriander leaves, mint leaves, ginger and green chilli altogether. Make a smooth paste with little water.

5. In a large bowl mix roasted semolina, curd, salt, cumin powder, chaat masala powder and ground mixture. Add water as require to make a semi thick mixture. Make a pouring consistency. Cover and keep aside for 10 – 15 minutes.

6. After 10 – 15 minutes check the consistency if it too thick add little more water to get the required consistency.

7. Grease the idli mould.
Heat water in a steamer.

8. Just before steam add eno and give a good stir.

9. Pour the batter in greased idli moulds.

10. Steam for 12 – 15 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

11. I have made these in microwave. If you are using microwave steam it on full power for 6 minutes.

12. Serve hot idli with peanut chutney, onion tomato chutney or dip.
You can get the recipe of peanut chutney here.

And get the recipe of onion tomato chutney here.

Notes

1. You can add 1 – 2 garlic cloves while grinding coriander mint leaves if you want.

2. You can use more lemon juice if you like your idli tangy.

3. Use chillies according to your taste. You can add 1 – 2 chilli more if you like your idli spicy. Or you can omit chilli if you are making it for kids.

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Korean Rice Or Korean Egg Fried Rice

Korean rice or Korean egg fried rice.
Quick and easy to make one pot meal. If you have cooked rice ready then you can make it in a jiffy. You can use your leftover rice. Just fry the rice with egg, soya sauce, salt and pepper. And your delicious egg fried rice is ready.

Tasted it in a restaurant and loved the taste. It was a simple rice dish, no vegetable added but taste is awesome.

When our this week’s 152 #Foodiemonday bloghop members decided the theme Asian cuisine this Korean rice came first in my mind.
Browsed for the recipe and found the recipe of breakfast egg fried rice from My Korean Kitchen.
Loved the recipe. Very few ingredients, simple and easy recipe. So no more search, adapted the recipe. Tried and really happy with the taste.

You can add any vegetables like scallions, bell pepper, garlic etc.
But I love it simple only with eggs and soya sauce.

Recipe credit – My Korean Kitchen

Recipe

Cooked short grain rice – 2 cup

Egg – 2 +1

Soya sauce – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder to taste

Oil – 1 tablespoon +1 teaspoon

Salt and red chilli flakes to sprinkle

Method

1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a wok or pan. Break an egg in the middle.

2. Cover and cook on low flame till set. Take out the egg on a plate. Sprinkle little salt and red chilli flakes and keep aside.

3. In the same wok heat remaining oil and break 2 eggs in it. Stir and add the cooked rice and soya sauce.

4. Mix well. Stir it for 1 – 2 minutes.

5. Top with the egg we fried and sprinkled with salt and red chilli flakes.
Serve hot.

 

 

 

Note

You can use 1 – 2 more eggs if you like

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Kashmiri Dum Aloo

Kashmiri dum aloo.
A very flavourful and lip-smacking no onion garlic potato curry from Kashmiri cuisine.
After Himachal Pradesh cuisine this month’s theme of the wonderful group Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge is Kashmiri cuisine. So this month all the members of this group are sharing different dishes from beautiful state Kashmir.
This month my partner is very talented blogger Mayuri Patel who blog at
https://mayuris-jikoni.com

Mayuri gave me cinnamon and cashew as secret ingredients. I made this delicious Kashmiri dum aloo. And I gave her cinnamon and cardamom. Do check her blog for delicious Kashmiri beverage she made of these two ingredients.

This aromatic dum aloo is one of my favourite potato dish. I made it often now sharing the recipe here. Thanks to the group Shhhh Cooking Secretly challenge.

You can get some more potato recipes here

Luchi dum aloo

Radhaballavi with spicy potato

Aloo kofta curry

Batata bhaji

Peanut potatoes

Potato pie

Potatoes with nigella poppy seeds and tomato

Savoury potato cake

Stuffed potatoes

Masala aloo or spicy potato

No onion garlic spicy potatoes

In this recipe deep fried potatoes are cooked in aromatic gravy. You can make it dry or with thick gravy. Best accompany for steamed rice or any bread. You can serve it as a party side dish.

Recipe

Small potato – 12 – 14

Hung curd – 1/2 cup

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Fennel seed powder – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Tomato – 1 medium

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Bay leaf – 1

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Fennel seed – 1/2 teaspoon

Cloves – 3 – 4

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Mustard oil – 1/4 cup

Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Hot water – 1 cup +1/4 cup

Chopped cilantro – 1 tablespoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cashews and cilantro to garnish

Method

1. Peel and wash the potatoes. Pat dry and prick with a fork.

2. Crush the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar pestle.

3. Soak almond and cashew nuts in 1/4 cup hot water or microwave on high power for 1 minute.

4. Let it cool down. Peel the almonds.
Grind peeled almond and cashew nuts with tomato. Make a smooth paste.

5. Whisk hung curd with salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, ginger powder, fennel seed powder and sugar.

6. For hung curd strain 1 cup curd with a muslin cloth. Tie and hang it for 1 hour. Place a bowl under it to collect the water. Don’t discard the water. You can use it to knead bread dough or make chhach or salted lassi with it.

7. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the potatoes till light brown. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel.

8. In the same oil add bay leaf, fennel seeds, crushed cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and tomato, cashew and almond paste.

9. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Remove the pan from heat and add whisked spices mixed hung curd and potatoes. Mix well.

10. Again cook till it dried up completely and potatoes coated with spices. Stir continuously to avoid curdling the curd.

11. Add 1 cup hot water and chopped cilantro. Mix well and let it boil.
Cover and cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until the potatoes become tender.

12. Check after 15 minutes, if the curry dried up add 1/4 cup water more.

13. Sprinkle garam masala powder, mix and remove from heat. You can add 1 spoon ghee or clarified butter if you like.

14. Serve hot with steamed rice, roti, paratha, naan, puri or luchi.

Notes

1. If you don’t have ginger powder then you can add 1 teaspoon grated ginger with tomato while grinding.

2. For fennel powder you can dry roast the fennel seeds and grind in a coffee grinder or mortar pestle. Or grind with tomato, cashew and almond.

3. I made it dry but you can make thick gravy. But don’t make it runny. Too much water will ruin the taste.

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Falafel

Falafel.
Falafel or felafel is a deep-fried ball made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, that most likely originated in Egypt.
Usually served with hummus and pita bread.

I made it with chickpeas but you can use fava beans too. Recipe is very easy and simple yet delicious. You have to make a course paste of overnight soaked chickpeas with onions, garlic, ginger and some spices. Add flour for binding, make balls and fry, easy isn’t it 😊

Jolly invited me to this wonderful group ‘Recipe swap challenge group,’ where members paired and try a recipe from each other’s blog. And share with due credit. Thanks Jolly.

Its my first post for the group. I have paired with a very talented blogger Aruna Panangipally who blog at Aahaaramonline.com
A blog full of delicious recipes. It was very difficult to choose only one recipe. I wanted to make falafel in breakfast so decided to make falafel this time from her blog
Aahaaramonline.com Falafel

I have used 1 teaspoon roasted spice powder in it to make it little spicy. Get the recipe of roasted spice powder in method.
I have used green chilli but you can use red chilli powder instead if you want. I like the taste of green chilli.

Recipe

Chickpea /kabuli chana or Garbanzo Beans – 1 cup

Onion – 1 medium, chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chopped Parsley – 2 tablespoon

Chopped cilantro – 2 tablespoon

Roasted spices powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Wheat flour – 2 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon, optional

Oil for Frying

Method

1. Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight.

2. Drain the water completely. And spread the chickpeas on a kitchen towel for 15 – 30 minutes.

3. Grind the chickpeas with onion, garlic, ginger, green chilli, parsley, cilantro, salt, lemon juice, black pepper powder and cumin powder. Make a course paste. Add very little water if require. I didn’t.

4. In a large bowl mix ground chickpea mixture, flour and roasted spices powder. Get the roasted spices powder recipe here.

5. Mix well. Make round balls with 1 & 1/2 tablespoon mixture. If you feel difficulty to bind then keep the mixture in refrigerator for 15 minutes and then make balls.

6. Heat sufficient oil in a wok or pan.
Fry the balls evenly from all the sides.
Transfer the fried falafel on a paper towel.

7. Serve hot with hummus or tahini sauce.

Notes

1. I have used whole wheat flour for binding but you can use all purpose flour if you want.

2. I have fried the falafel in a pan with less oil but better to use a wok or kadhahi and sufficient oil to fry the falafel evenly.

3. If you don’t like tangy taste you can omit lemon juice.

4. Use chilli according to your taste. If you don’t like spicy or hot you can omit green chilli. Or you can use red chilli powder.

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