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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Banana Flower(Baale Hu) Pathrode

Ingredients:
3 cups White Rice
1 large Banana(Plantain) Flower / Baale Hu
1/2 cup grated Coconut
1.5 tsp Blackgram seeds
1 tsp Fenugreek seeds
3 tsp Coriander seeds
Lemon sized Tamarind
Large lemon sized Jaggary
10 Red Chillies
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
5 - 6 Banana leaves

Recipe:
Soak rice in water for about 6-7 hrs. Soak black gram seeds, fenugreek seeds together in water for about 6-7 hrs. Wash the soaked ingredients 2-3 times and keep it aside.
Grind soaked fenugreek seeds, black gram seeds, grated coconut, red chillies, coriander seeds into smooth paste. Add soaked rice, jaggary, tamarind, salt, turmeric powder and grind them coarsely by adding little amount of water and keep it aside. Consistancy of the batter should be like Idli batter.

Separate the florets from banana flower.

Remove the fiber contents as shown in the picture below using a knife. (No need to remove the fiber contents for inner florets which are almost white in color.)Put water and little amount of buttermilk in a vessel and keep it aside. Chop banana flower into small pieces as shown in the picture below and put it in a vessel containing buttermilk water. Keep it aside for about 4-5 mins.

Remove the chopped banana flower from buttermilk water and keep it aside.

Take each banana leaf and place it over the flame for few seconds. Wipe it properly using one cotton cloth and keep it aside. Put chopped banana flower, rice batter together and mix well.

Take little amount of this batter and spread it over the banana leaf as shown in the picture below.

Fold the banana leaf as shown in the picture below.

Fold both the sides of banana leaf and place it in a cooker conatainer / traditional steamer upside down as shown in the picture below.


Steam cook for about 15-20 mins in high flame and another 30-40 mins in medium flame. (For pressure cooker: Don't put the weight, place one steel glass over the weight stand). Switch off the flame and allow it to cool for about 5-10 mins. Cut them into medium sized pieces and serve them along with coconut oil and any kind of sambar or chutney. The above mentioned ingredients will serve 4-5 Pathrodes. You can also preapre Pathrode Khara OggaranePathrode Sihi Oggarane and Roasted Pathrode from this.