Banana Stem with Prawns (Thor Chingri Ghonto)

Hello everybody !!

Hope you liked my banana flower recipe series last week. Let me know if you tried any and which one you enjoyed most.

I thought of continuing with the banana theme going on in my blog a bit more 😀 😀 I am going bananas 😀 😛 … Hey speaking of bananas, how many of you absolutely love the Minions ? I am obsessed with them, super cute and fun, I wish if they were real I would have a minion gang of my own like Gru.

Today’s recipe is a non veg preparation using Banana Stem. It is very similar to the one I share with you previously – Banana Flower with prawns. I used tiger prawns, you can use any prawn you want. You can even use them as minced instead of whole (the way I did in  the banana flower recipe).

One of the most nutritious and almost completely edible plant of this planet is banana. The added bonus is you can prepare delicious dishes with every part of the plant. Banana Stem can be prepared with onion, garlic or without (as you will see in this recipe). You can even exclude the prawns in this recipe if you prefer a veg dish.

Lets get started !!

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Preparation Time : 30 minutes

Marinate and fry the prawns :

Clean and remove the thread from each prawns. Marinate them with salt and pinch of turmeric powder. Add 4 tablespoons of refined in a frying pan. Let it heat up and slightly fry the prawns until they turn golden. Keep them aside.

Preparing the banana stem :

Choose a fresh and comparatively thin banana stem. Cut the outer part from both ends which may have dirt. Keep removing 2 to 3 outer layers of the stem until you reach the inner part. If your banana stem is super fresh you may only remove 1 outer layer.

Take a large bowl, fill it half with water. Add few pinches of salt.

Now cut the banana stem into thin discs very gently. As you do this, you will find fibers refusing to let the disc go from the main stem. With your index finger, remove those fibers using a circular motion. Discard the fibers from your finger and keep repeating this process for the whole stem. When you are left with only thin discs, take 5 to 6 discs together and chop them into as small pieces as you can. Dip all chopped pieces immediately in the salt water bowl. Keep doing this until the whole banana stem in finely chopped and inside the salt water.

Take a pressure cooker. Add 2 to 3 cups of water. Add the finely chopped banana stem into the cooker. Add few more pinches of salt. Wait till 8 to 10 whistles in medium flame. Keep the boiled banana stem pieces in a separate bowl.

Cooking Time : 15 minutes

Ingredient:

  • Banana Stem – 1, finely chopped and boiled
  • Prawns – 8, fried
  • Ginger – 2 to 3 inches, finely chopped (You can also use 1 tablespoon ginger paste)
  • Green Chilllies – 3 to 4, finely chopped
  • Tomato – 1 large, roughly chopped
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin Powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala – 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard Oil – 3 to 4 tablespoons

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Recipe:

  1. Take a wok. Heat mustard oil in it.
  2. When the oil heats up add green chillies (keep few chillies aside for garnishing) and chopped ginger. Stir for few seconds.
  3. Add tomatoes. Mix and stir until the tomatoes turn soft.
  4. Add boiled banana stem and prawns. Then add the spices – turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt. Mix well. Lower the flame to medium.
  5. Keep stirring until the spices start releasing water.
  6. If you think the prawns have not boiled completely / the gravy is getting too dry, you may add little warm water. Cover the wok with a lid. Flame should be minimum.
  7. Wait until everything is completely boiled. Now remove the lid and keep stirring until the preparation is dry and have a stir fried texture.
  8. Turn the flame off. Sprinkle garam masala and remaining green chillies. Give the dish some standing time.

Serve Banana Stem with Prawns hot with rice / bread.

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