Sprouted Moong Pakora (Sprouted Moong Bean Fritter)

‘Moong Dal Pakora’ is a popular street food from Mumbai. These are fritters made from yellow moong lentils with regular Indian spices. This is nothing new….. right? This time I have made some ‘Sprouted Moong Pakora’ (Sprouted Moong Bean Fritter). Whenever I make some fried stuff like this I try to add some healthy ingredient, so that it could be a little guilt free! This ‘Sprouted Moong Pakora’ recipe is easy. You can soak the whole moong beans overnight or for atleast 6 hours. Then drain the water and tie the soaked moong bean in a damp cloth for at…

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Mochar Kofta Curry (Banana Flower Fried Ball Curry)

After ‘Niramish Mochar Kofta Curry’, it is time for another version of banana blossom fried ball curry with a twist. This time I used chicken keema while making the koftas. In the vegetarian version it is difficult to shape the koftas. Infact you would not be able to make round balls and you have to make the koftas in the shape of a patty. But adding a little chicken keema (minced chicken), it is easier to form the koftas in the shape of a nice round ball. I have made the gravy cashew-poppy seeds-melon seed based. You can also make…

Rui Rosha (Rohu Fish in Rich Gravy)

I discovered this recipe long time back in a ‘rannar khata’ (cookbook) of one of my aunt. When I first prepared this dish, I instantly had fallen in love with the dish because of its simplicity. Nothing much was needed for the recipe except everyday cooking ingredients but the brilliant flavour and colour of the dish surprised me when I tasted it, never expected it to be so delectable. When I first prepared it my family members were genuinely impressed with it and I was happy with my achievement considering that I was just started cooking as a beginner in…

Mochar Niramish Kofta Curry (Banana Flower Fried Ball Curry)

‘Kofta’ is a savory deep fried or shallow fried ball made up of any meat, paneer or vegetables. (See here) On our veg-days we often cook ‘Mocha’ (Banana Blossom) curry or this ‘Mochar Kofta Curry’. It is very good in taste and easy to make except the peeling of ‘Mocha’. But some days back when I went to the vegetable market I found that peeled ‘mocha’ is available in market other than the canned one available in super markets. So, now you can make this recipe without putting much effort. I have used some boiled potatoes in the curry as…

Mochar Chop (Banana Flower Fritter)

‘Tele Bhaja’ (Vegetable Fritter) is an indispensable part of Bengali culture. Being born and brought up in North Kolkata I always have grow in a a ‘Para Culture’ where ‘Cha’ (Tea) and ‘Tele Bhaja’ in the evening is a common story. In every street there would be a ‘Dada’ s special telebhajar dokan, where you’ll get to see a bunch of people gathered around a very shabby shop with a yellow bulb hanging from ceiling and the ‘karigar’ (cook) is frying these lovely fritters by batches in a big black iron kadai. ‘Aoor Chop’, ‘Kashmiri Chop’, ‘Vegetable Chop’ and ‘Mochar…

Mochar Paturi (Banana Blossom Cooked in Banana Leaf)

You must be thinking that again a recipe on ‘Mocha’! Yes it is! But trust me this one is completely different preparation altogether. This ‘Mochar Patuti’ (Banana Blossom Cooked in Banana Leaf) is a very delicate recipe and goes very well with steamed rice or you can serve this as a starter too. And this recipe is quite different from ‘Niramish Mochar Ghonto’ and ‘Chingri Mach dea Mochar Ghonto’ ‘Mocha’ or banana flower is a favourite dish in our family and cooked mostly on ‘vegetarian days’ days at our place. ‘Paturi’ is a cooking process wherein marinated fish, chicken, vegetables…

Chingri Mach dea Mochar Ghonto (Banana Blossom Curry with Shrimps)

‘Niramish Mochar Ghanto’ is a famous traditional recipe from Bong kitchen which is a uniquely Bengali preparation from the banana flower, that I have shared in my earlier post. This is a non–vegetarian variation of that recipe. ‘Chingri Mach dea Mochar Ghonto’ (Banana Blossom Curry with Shrimps) is also a delicacy of Bengali cuisine and much loved in my family. In our home we all love to eat both vegetarian and non vegetarian version of ‘Mochar Ghonto’ (banana blossom curry). Peeling the banana blossom is little tricky, laborious and time consuming but the end result is a lip smacking dish….