Bondi Bhaji – Banana Blossom & Kabuli Chana Stir-fry


Bondi Bhaji – Kabuli Chana & Banana Blossom Stir Fry

How long it takes: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 4-5

I have already put up banana blossom chutney and would like to put up yet another banana blossom dish – this time, with kabuli chana. This combination tastes wonderful and we were introduced to it by my dear grandma when we visited her during the summer vacation in my young days. It was a simple dish with just a seasoning of mustard seeds , green chilly, asafoetida and curry leaves and of course salt to taste. In konkani we call it “Bondi Bhaji“. Bondi in Konkani is Banana Blossom. I have modified it and would like to share it with you all and here it is.

What you need to have:

1. Chopped Banana blossom chopped – 1 cup

2. Kabuli chana – A handful

Ingredients for seasoning:

1. Cumin seeds – 1/2 Teaspoon

2. Turmeric powder – 1 Teaspoon

3. Green chilly  chopped – 1

4. Curry leaves – 2-3 Sprigs

5. Chopped onions – 1/2 Cup

6. Garam masala powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

7. Dhania-jeera powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

8. Cilantro – A handful finely chopped for

9. Fresh grated coconut – A handful

10. Salt – To taste

 Chopped Banana blossom & Kabuli chana after soaking in water

Ingredients of Seasoning & Garnishing

What you do with what you have:

1. Cut off the outer covers of the blossom till you get the tender one and chop it fine and soak it in water along with kabuli chana over night as shown in image-1.

2. Wash and onions fine, chop green chilly and cilantro too fine and keep it aside as shown in image-2.

3. Add fresh water to it and cook it in the cooker as usual till smooth adding a little salt.

Cooked Banana blossom and Kabuli chana

4. Place a skillet with 3-4 Teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame. When hot, add cumin seeds to it. When it splutters, add chopped green chilly and curry leaves to it. Now add chopped onions and required quantity of salt to it and stir it at regular intervals.

Seasoning in progress

5. When onions turn transparent, add all the powders in a row and stir well.

 All powders being fried in seasoning   

6. Finally add cooked blossom and kabuli chana mix from step-3 to it and stir in well.

 Cooked blossom and chana being added

7. Finally decorate it with chopped cilantro and a handful of grated coconut.  Enjoy this curry with chapati, roti and also with rice and dal.

 Ready to serve Banana blossom and Kabuli chana stir fry

 A closer view of the dish

How long it takes: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 4-5

Good to remember:

1. Use fresh blossom for the dish.

2. Do not forget to chop off the outer cover of the blossom since it will be difficult to cook in the cooker too.

3. One can use any variety of chana of your choice.

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