Mocha Chingri Manohara Recipe (Shrimps Stuffed Banana Flower Kofta Curry)
Juicy Shrimp and Banana blossom koftas served with jeera rice tastes its best!
Mocha Chingri Manohara Recipe is Bengali style Shrimps Stuffed Banana Flower Kofta Curry. Banana flower is one of the natural sources of high iron. Originated in rural Bengal, this heirloom recipe is an exceptional side dish. This kofta recipe is traditionally deep fried. Here I have used the non-fried version with shallow frying the koftas on kuzhi paniyaram pan. Serve mouth watering Mocha Chingri Recipe (Shrimps Stuffed Banana Flower Curry) with Jeera rice or Kesar Pulao.
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- 1 Banana flower (Vazhaipoo) , (mocha), cleaned and florets
- 2 tablespoons Buttermilk
- 250 grams Shrimps , cleaned and deveined
- 1-1/2 teaspoons Ginger Garlic Paste
- 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
- 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 4 tablespoons Gram flour (besan)
- 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
- 2 tablespoons Corn flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
- Salt , to taste
- Oil , to fry on paniyaram pan For Gravy
- 1 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
- 3 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds
- 1 Onion , churned to paste
- 1/3 cup Homemade tomato puree
- 2 tablespoons Curd (Dahi / Yogurt) , beaten
- 1-1/2 teaspoons Poppy seeds
- 8 Cashew nuts
- 2 Green Chillies
- 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons Garam masala powder
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- Salt , to taste
- 1 teaspoon Ghee , or butter
- 2 teaspoons Oil
How to make Mocha Chingri Manohara Recipe (Shrimps Stuffed Banana Flower Kofta Curry)
To prepare Mocha Chingri Manohara Recipe (Shrimps Stuffed Banana Flower Kofta Curry), clean banana blossom. Peel the banana flower petals and remove the white small florets inside, and keep them mixed in 2 tablespoons of buttermilk as you clean and separate, in a pressure cooker.
Pressure cook banana blossom with a teaspoon oil and turmeric powder for one whistle, and release pressure immediately. Keep aside.
In a shallow fry pan, heat a teaspoon oil and saute the shrimps with a pinch of salt.
To same pan, add 2 tablespoons of oil add ginger and garlic paste in it , saute till raw smell disappears . Now add coriander powder and red chilli powder & turmeric powder and garam masala powder and fry till done. (takes about 5-8 minutes).
Add cooked banana blossom (florets), and adjust sugar and salt. Saute till everything combines well and switch off.
Add gram flour to the pan and mix well.
In a bowl, mix corn flour with about 1/2 cup of water to make a smooth batter. Keep it aside.
Heat a kuzhi paniyaram pan.
Make the contents of the pan to small balls with a shrimp each, dip balls in corn flour batter and shallow fry with a few drops of oil on paniyaram pan till deep golden, crisp and done.
Grind poppy seeds, cashews and green chillies to make a smooth paste. Keep aside.
Heat oil in a Kadai, temper with cinnamon and green cardamom and add onion paste in it.
Saute for 2 - 3 minutes, add tomato puree and fry till it cooks completely and the raw smell is gone.
Add coriander powder and red chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt, and sugar (optional). Fry till combined.
Mix poppy seeds paste and curd; then add about a cup of warm water and cook for another 5 minutes on medium heat.
Add ghee or butter and remove Mocha Chingri from the heat.
Mocha Chingri Manohara Recipe (Shrimps Stuffed Banana Flower Kofta Curry) is part of the Recipe Contest: Lost Recipes From Ancestral Kitchens