Koldil Bhaji (Banana Flower Stir Fry)


  • 1 banana flower
  • 1 tbsp masur dal (red lentils), soaked in water
  • 1 medium potato, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 dry red chilli, broken to bits
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp mustard oil

Method –

  1. Prep the banana flower. Remove the outer covering and chop the white part finely. It is very sticky, so put the chopped part in a bowl filled with water and 1 tbsp salt. After about 30 minutes, squeeze out the water, rinse and squeeze out the water again. The banana flower is now ready to use
  2. Heat mustard oil.
  3. Fry the potatoes and set aside
  4. In the same oil, add bay leaf, dry red chilli and onions. Fry the onions till brown
  5. Then add 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  6. Sauté for a minute
  7. Add masur dal and sauté for a minute
  8. Now add turmeric powder, cumin powder and sauté till oil releases
  9. Add koldil and stir fry for 5 minutes
  10. Add 1/2 cup water, add the potatoes, cover with a lid and cook till done and water evaporates
  11. Add pepper powder
  12. Sprinkle garam masala powder and drizzle ghee at the end

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