Mochar Dhokar Dalna (Banana Flower and Lentil Fritter Curry)

‘Mocha’ or banana flower is one of the favourite vegetables in our house. Though it is laborious to peel banana flower but if some patience and time can be devoted wonderful vegetable can been cooked from it. I have shared different recipes with ‘Mocha’ like ‘Niramish Mochar Ghonto’, ‘Mochar Niramish Kofta Curry’, ‘Mochar Kofta Curry’, ‘Mochar Cutlet’, ‘Mochar Chop’, ‘Chingrimach Dea Mochar Ghonto’, ‘Mochar Paturi’ etc. You can check these recipes. Today I will be sharing one innovative recipe of mine, i.e. ‘Mochar Dhokar Dalna’. We all know ‘Dhokar Dalna’ is one of the popular vegetarian preparations of Bengali cuisine. I tried to club these two recipes together and truly it worth it. Please do try this recipe and let me know how you liked it!

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Ingredients:

For making the fritter:

  • Mocha or Banana Flower – 1 cup (Boiled and finely chopped)
  • Motor Dal or Split Yellow Pea – ½ cup
  • Cholar Dal or Bengal Gram – ½ cup
  • Kalo Jeera or Nigella Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Ginger Paste – 1 tsp
  • Hing or Asafetida – 1 pinch
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Roasted Cumin and Red Chilli Powder (Bhaja Moshla) – ½ tsp
  • Sugar – ½ tsp
  • Salt – To taste
  • Oil – 2-3 tsp + For frying the fritters

For making the curry:

  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Potato – 1 (Cubed)
  • Ginger Paste – 1 tsp
  • Tomato – 1 (Finely chopped)
  • Cumin Powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander Powder – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – ½ tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder – ½ tsp
  • Green Chilli – 2-3
  • Oil – 2-3 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Salt – To taste

Steps:

  1. Boil banana flower or mocha adding some turmeric powder and salt. Squeeze well.
  2. Soak both ‘dal’ separately overnight or for atleast 5-6 hours and then grind into smooth paste adding a little or no water.
  3. In a large mixing bowl mix these two types of lentil paste adding turmeric powder and salt.
  4. Heat 2-3 tsp of oil and temper it with ‘hing’ and nigella seeds. Once they start to exude aroma add ginger paste. Sauté till raw smell goes off.
  5. Now add boiled and chopped banana flower. Sauté till all water dries up.
  6. Add ground lentil paste and keep sautéing till it start to release the side of the wok.
  7. Add sugar, garam masala powder and ‘bhaja moshla’. Give a final mix.
  8. Grease some oil on a plate and spread the mix on it. It should be 1” thick. Let it cool completely.
  9. After it gets cooled completely cut it into square or diamond shape.
  10. Heat some oil in a wok or kadai for deep frying. Now put the lentil cakes carefully in the oil and fry they turn brown on all sides and crisp. Take out from oil and put on absorbent paper.
  11. In another kadai take some oil and fry the diced potatoes. Take out from oil and keep aside.
  12. Temper the oil with bayleaf and cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds exudes aroma add ginger paste.
  13. Next add chopped tomato and all the dry spices except garam masala powder. Sauté till oil separates.
  14. Now add fried potato and sugar mix well.
  15. Add sufficient water to cook the potatoes. Adjust salt. Add green chilli. Cover and cook till the potatoes are almost done.
  16. Remove cover and add fried fritters. Sprinkle garam masala powder and let it boil for couple of minutes. These lentil fritter or ‘dhoka’ absorbs good amount of water, so add water accordingly. And adjust salt accordingly.
  17. Serve with steamed rice or roti.
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