Sunday, January 8, 2012

Banana Flower with Moong and Fish head Recipe/Mochar Ghonto & a Happy Blogger Award

banana flower recipe

This is an authentic Bengali dish made of Banana flower, split yellow Moong beans /Moong dal and Fish head with some assorted vegetables. Adding moong to this dish definitely has its health benefits. Moong dal is considered a good "Body Builder" food for vegetarians.  It has a high source of protein and is very digestible,also contains very less fat as compared to other meat products. This dish can also be prepared without the use of Fish Head. Goes well  with Rice/Chapati.

banana flower with fish head

Those who are not familiar with Banana Flower , it is a large, dark purple-red blossom that grows from the end of a bunch of bananas. They are snugly enclose delicate, sweetly scented male flowers. The female flowers, which do not require fertilization to become fruit, grow further up the stem from the male flowers. Once the tougher, darker outer bracts are pulled away, the paler and more tender inner leaves are used in a number of dishes, prepared in a variety of ways.

banana flower

Preparation time : 30 minutes
Cooking time : 25 minutes
Serves : 5 to 6

banana flower with moong

Ingredients :
  •  Fish head of any big fish , cut into half ( I have used Katla)
  • 2 Banana Flowers/Mocha
  • 200gms. split yellow moong beans/moong dal
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 10 to 12 small brinjals, cut into small cubes
  • 2 medium sized potato, cut into cubes 
  • 1 n 1/2 tsp panch foron
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1" piece of Ginger, made into paste
  • 2 green chilies,slit lengthwise
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, as required
preparing banana flower     
  Steps for preparing the Banana Flower  

Preparation :
  • For preparing the Banana flowers, discard the parts as shown in steps 1 and 2.  Thanks mom for guiding me. Hope this is helpful for those  new to Banana Flowers, including me  :-)
  • Next boil the flowers for 5 to 6 minutes, keep aside. In the mean time dry roast (without using oil) the moong dal, keep aside. Also fry the fish head, keep aside.
  • Next, in a Cooker, add the Moong dal, Banana Flowers and Potato with 5 cups of water , turmeric powder and salt, pressure cook for 4 to 5 minutes. If not using cooker, use a large wide bottomed pan for this procedure, dal should be 80% cooked after completing this step. 
  • Next heat 1 n 1/2 tbsp of oil in a large wide bottomed pan , add the panch foron, once it starts to sputter, add the Bay leaf and the ginger paste, once frangnant, add the green chilies and onion and fry till translucent.
  • Next add the fish head , mix well with the spices, add brinjal and cook for another 2 minutes, then add the moong and banana flower gravy  from the cooker and let cook covered  for another 10 to 12 minutes or until it is fully cooked , maintain a semi consistent gravy. Can add another cup of water if required. Sprinkle cardamon powder before removing from heat. 
  • Serve hot with Rice/Chapati/Parathas.

Now coming to the award. Teena of Teenz' Yummy Delights have passed on this beautiful Happy Blogger award. Thanks Teena for the kind gesture.


Now is my turn to pass the award to few of my Blogger friends :-)

Please accept the Award and pass on it to your Blogger Friends to keep the ball rolling.....:-)
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  1. Congrats dear .......wish u many more....lovely tempting recipe

  2. Back home , we have this kind of dish using banana blossoms , don't know how to cook it but it's usually cook/made with coconut milk . Your dish really look appetizing ! & congrats with that lovely award ;)

  3. Sorry as I forgot to read the last part hahaha Thanks so much for that lovely award ! Really Really appreciate it ;)

  4. Thanks so much for including Blogsgotheart and Happy Healthy month, year to you~

  5. First off, congrat on the award. I have seen these banana flowers and I remember eating something really sweet, can't remember if it was the banana flower. This dish looks very interesting, rich and tempting.

  6. Awesome dish


  7. Wow di....this looks delicious...but I don't think I'll be able to cook but I'm surely gonna ask my mom to make it for us....!!!
    Keep Cooking, Blogging and Smiling!! :)

  8. Thats a very different dish dear... And congrats on the award

  9. Paalada....u can get it from supermarket....It is made of rice flour/soaked rice

  10. very new to me....where are you from sonali....gr8 one

  11. Very new to me !! looks delicious !! Congrats on ur award !! Keep rocking !!

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  12. Never cooked with Banana Flower, time to explore this flower as well...Thank you for sending me the award Sonali!, I am very much delighted...

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  13. Congrats on your Happy Blogger Award!

    Very interesting recipe. When I was in Kerela, I often saw the Banana Flower as an ingredient in the cooking classes I took, but never had the chance to use it.

    What is the flavour like? I would like to try this recipe without the fish head!

  14. very healthy n delicious combo,yummy!!

    Erivum Puliyum

  15. Congrats on your award,Sonali and wish that you get many more:)This dish must taste awesome - I did have mocha many times,but never had it with fish - so this is something new to try out!Thanks so much for sharing dear.

  16. congrats on the well deserved award
    thank you for giving it to me as well :)
    will post it in my awards page

    I haven't had this combination looks wonderful

  17. Sonali,I had a Bengali neighbor in India and I have tried things like banana flower and even neem at their house . Your dish with brinjals and fish head looks awesome.

    Thanks for the award. I appreciate your gesture.

  18. Wow..that looks super super tempting..nice recipe..

  19. hi..morninggg..
    very authentic dish.. i like banana flower,steam it n eating with sambal.. the creamy taste of banana flower combined with fish..hmm such a good combination.

  20. went tru ur recipe, then i realise u just use banana flower part only... i din't know that part can use in cooking. wow.. new info for me. because i only eat tne inner n soft part of the 'jantung pisang'. (^_^)

  21. the combo is totally new to me!....looks very different from what i am used to...I would love to taste this!

    thanks for passing the award to me...wishing u many many more!

  22. hi, i love banana flower, but we call it banana heart..but never cook with fish before, must try your delicious recipe..especially fish!

  23. I only discovered banana blossoms a few years ago and am always looking for interesting recipes that use this unique product (unique here in NY)

  24. Congrats on the award and I am sure more will come your way. That banana flower recipe is simply delicious and I remember growing up eating plenty of banana flower which my mum cooks from time to time. Somehow its becoming more difficult to be found now, suppose with all the development where I am staying, there's no more banana trees around.

  25. Congrats on this award. Very healthy combo of this..

  26. Thanks for sharing this banana flower recipe. Really nice.

  27. We have banana flower here but I've never tasted it or know what to do with it. Now, thanks for your recipe, I know what you do with them.

  28. nice recipe and thank you for thinking of me while passing the award

  29. Delicious combo totally new to me..

  30. Really ur great......creation in doing the varity of recipes only with fish not an easy thing..but iam sosad.cant taste ur varities..iam a vegetarian dear....but i`l do for my hub and kid...

    keep it up!!!

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  32. banaflowers and fish head,i m sure my hubby will die for it :) i too love it, but not very good in eating fish head,will leave all the heads to hubby :)

  33. Interesting combo and looks fabulous!

  34. Lovely combo. Looks so comforting.

  35. nice recipe....ur blog s different frm others..
    plz collect ur award frm my space

  36. congrats 4 d award buddy... u deserve much more..
    nice recipe...

  37. Interesting recipe...Looks delicious..

  38. A very interesting recipe. I believe I would want to use the fish head for flavour, maybe poach it and then discard the head and use the poaching liquid.
    I don't have access to banana flowers though.
    Your kerala fish curry is great, we loved it.

  39. very new recipe to me..looks delicious..Congrats on ur award..

  40. i know i am going to love this space..will definitely be back for more, follow you back..

  41. hi sonali.. nice recipes u have here.. & thanks for dropping by my site..

    * i love fish dishes more than chicken.. :)

  42. As such I am very much fond of fish.

    But after reading your " Mouth Watering Recipe " I am going to make it for my family and friends.

    Thank You.
    Nandita B.

  43. Just can't feel the taste of it... authentic bengali cuisine at its best...lovely!

  44. Very unique recipe! Ebhave mochar gonto kokhono taste korine but too tempting and must try for me!


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