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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Kancha Kola Khosha Bata (Raw Banana Peel Chutney - Bengali Style)

Raw Banana Peel chutney is not commonly heard of and is generally discarded, but it simply tastes yummy. They have the most nutrients and fibre in them. I ground the boiled peels along with onion, garlic, green chilies and coriander leaves with stem. Then I tempered with kalonji (nigella seeds) and dry red chilies.

          This chutney, which is a family recipe of mine, can be had with plain steamed rice, chapatti / paratha or as a spread on bread toast. You can also relish it as a roll along with some cucumber strips, sliced paneer, lettuce and sliced tomato.

  • The peel of 3 raw bananas, boiled
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1-2 green chilies, chopped
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves with stem
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp. mustard oil
  • 1-2 whole dry chilies
  • 1 tsp. kalonji (nigella seeds)

          Grind the boiled peel, onion, garlic and green chilies with 2 tbsp. water into a paste. Heat oil in a non-stick pan and temper with dry red chili and kalonji.

          Add the ground paste, salt and turmeric powder and fry on low flame till completely dry. Serve with hot steamed rice. It can also be used as a sandwich spread.

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