Monday, 14 November 2016

Banana flower fritters or Mochar Bora (in Bengali)

Fritters are always loved in my family,and I try to bring variations with different things everytime,crisy,crunchy on the outside and soft in the inside,these cute little somethings vanish in no time.So today I am sharing with you banana flower fritters.
The batter is almost the same as for any other fritter or pakora,but the only difference in this recipe being that the banana flower needs some proceesing before it is fried.

For batter

gram flour-4 tablespoon
rice flour-2 tablespoon
turmeric powder-half teaspoon
salt -as per taste
baking soda-1 pinch
chaat masala-half teaspoon
chili powder-half teaspoon
sugar -half teaspoon
ajwain -half teaspoon
kalonji or nigella seeds-half teaspoon
water for making batter

oil for frying

5 to six bunches of banana flower

mix all the ingredients of the batter and make a thick batter,let it rest for 10 to 15  minutes
Lady'sfinger fritters,or bhindi pakora
Rohu fish curry(Fish Kalia)
Instant Strawberry Milkshake
Instant Raw Mango Chutney(The Bengali way)
Chinese Fried Rice

In the meantime let us get the flower ready
remove the hard stalk and the transparent part from each,but keep the bunch intact


steam them with little salt and turmeric for 10 minutes

cover while steaming,for best results

squeeze out of water in a dry plate

When the oil gets hot for frying add one teaspoon of hot oil into the batter

dip the pieces in batter 

fry in medium to hot oil

ready to be served

note-Before the whole process is started,bite one floret to test if it is bitter,if so discard the flower

Friday, 11 November 2016

Dhania pudina chutney(green chutney )

I always prepare this the previous day when guests are supposed to come.The green chutney is something I cannot do without.This is very useful with the starters ,if you want you can even freeze this in cubes and store them for future use.The dhania ,pudina green chutney has many variations ,with tamarind ,with tomatoes or even the cooked versions.Today I am sharing the uncooked version with lemon as the souring agent.

1-2 cups coriander leaves with stem,(washed and cleaned )

2-1 cup mint leaves (no stems)
3-1 tablespoon of mixture
4-3 green chillies(as per taste)
5-salt(as per taste)
6-sugar(half teaspoon)
7-half inch piece of ginger
8-4 to 5 peppercorns
9-half teaspoon pink rocksalt
10- one wedge of lemon

grind all in a blender except lemon,add water to get the required consistency

add the lemon juice at the end

serve with your favourite snacks