Serving Size: 2 persons
Mocha (Banana Blossoms) - 1 large
Potato - 1 medium (100 grams), diced in small
Besan - 2 tbsp
Baking powder - a pinch
Whole cumin/ Jeera seeds - 1/4 tsp
Bayleaf - 1 medium
Cinnamon - 2 inch, broken in 2-3 pieces
Green cardamom (choto elaichi) - 4 broken
Ginger - 1 tsp, grated
Cumin powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Sugar - 1tsp
Green chillies - 2 slit
Ghee - 1 tsp
Oil - as indicated
Remove the blossoms after peeling away the
outer leaves and clean. Chop finely.
Bring to boil 2 cups water with a pinch of
salt and turmeric. Add the chopped blossoms and cook covered for 15 minutes.
Drain water and using a slotted spoon squeeze
out the water completely on a colander. At this stage the quantity of
blossoms is approximately equal to 1 cup. Keep this aside.
Besan Boras (Dumplings):
In a bowl mix besan with a pinch of salt,
baking powder, chilli powder (optional). Make a smooth batter with 2
tbsp water. Just before frying the boras or dumplings, add 1 tsp of hot
oil from the kadhai to the mix. (Right consistency is important. If
the batter is too thick, the dumplings turn hard. However see the tip
below. If the batter is too thin, then forming round dumplings is
Heat 1/2 cup oil to smoking. Then reduce flame
to medium-low before adding the batter to oil.
Using a small measuring spoon (1/4 tsp
measure) add batter to the oil to make very small round dumplings. Fry
till light brown and keep aside.
In the above oil, fry potatoes till light
brown and keep aside.
Heat 4 tbsp oil in a kadhai. Add bay leaf,
cardamom, cinnamon, and cumin seeds. Fry till the cumin seeds
turn dark brown.
Add ginger, turmeric, and the cumin powder
(dissolved in 2 tbsp water). Fry for 1 minute.
Add the blossoms, mix well and fry for 2
minutes on medium heat.
Add the fried potatoes, salt, and sugar. Mix
well and add in 1/4 cup of water. Simmer for 3 minutes and add the Besan
Bora (dumplings) prepared above.
Let cook for another 3 minutes. Then add the
green chillies and ghee, remove from the heat.
The Besan Boras may be replaced with Motor Dal
If Besan dumplings become hard, then you may
keep them soaked in water before adding them in at step 4.
Serve mochar ghonto hot with rice and a dash
of fresh ghee.