Aug 22, 2012

Mochar Chop (Banana Flower Croquettes / Cutlets)

Mochar Chop is one of popular evening snack in Bengali Delicacy, a compliment to hot cup of tea or coffee and even a great starter which never fails to leave the feeling of wanting more. Banana flower is very nutritious and healthy. The edible part is the inner soft portion.

Ingredients :

For the filling ~

Banana flowers -  2 cups, chopped
Ginger paste - 1 tbsp
Green chilli paste - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Sugar- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Roasted Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Besan - 1 tbsp
Bread crumb as required
Refine oil as required (For deep frying)

For battar ~

Corn flour - 2 tbsp
Rice flour - 2 tbsp

Method :

Remove the outer purple covers one by one and take out the real flowers, till you reach the yellow coloured inner flowers. Discard the outer covers and center portion.Chop the flowers finely. Soak in turmeric water for about 5 - 6 hours.

Drain,wash and put it in a pressure cooker with water. Add salt and turmeric powder and cook till done i.e. at least 15 minutes, after the first whistles, on low heat.

Drain the banana flower on a sieve and sqeeze out water, by pressing with large spoon.
Peel and boiled the potatoes and mash after boiling.

Heat oil in a pan add boiled mocha, mashed potato, salt and all dry ingredients except bread crumb and besan. Stir at low flame until all the moisture content is completely gone. Remove the heat and cool the mixture.

heck for salt When it is cooled, make small oval shape of it.

In a bowl take corn flour, rice flour and water, mix a battar. Dip the oval  shaped cutlets.

Lay the bread crumbs on a plate and coat the patties with crumbs on both side, shed any excess crumbs.

Heat oil in a non-stick pan on medium heat and shallow fry until lightly brown on both sides. Drain on to paper towels.

Serve hot with tomato sauce.

Sending this to Indrani's "Spotlight : Healthy Snacks" hosted by me, Jagruti's "JCo-Monsoon in India" hosted by Sayantani and Radhika's "Let’s Cook #18 ~ Starters / Appetizers" event

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