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mochar chop – banana blossom appetizer

Banana blossom or mocha (in Bengali an East Indian language) holds a special stature in Bengali cuisine, and consider as very adventurous and gastronomically exciting. I was never a huge fan of banana blossom or mocha as we love to call it in my growing up years though we had some banana plants in our backyard, but in recent years I developed a strong fascination for it.

mochar chop

mochar chop or banana blossom appetizer

As I was gently removing the outer bracts to extract the inner flowers, moments slowly drifted me towards my childhood days.

We used to make boats out of its rich purplish leaves or bracts and after a heavy downpour, when the small dried streams comes alive with full force, our boats streamed along its way to some unknown destinations.

Sometimes by using its fibres, we made sail boats apparently for a longer journey or even trade boats. I know that sounds little strange, but such are the ways of childhood days. Whatever we found in our daily hiking in the woods, be it a rare wild flower, or wild berries, some colored barks of a tree, beautiful  pebbles, pine cones, tamarind and wild gooseberries, all formed a part of that little trade and growing up in a beautiful hilly town strewn with eucalyptus, pines and teak meant pockets were always filled with those little treasures.

As I am writing this post, my mind re-lives those blissful moments of childhood days once again.

Coming back to the banana blossom appetizer or mochar chop, I have arrived at this recipe (recipe courtesy: one of my friend who is a chef) after some trial and errors and found this works best for me.

What to remove from the banana blossoms:
Beneath every bracts lies the ordered rows of yellow-tipped small florets, which looks highly appealing. Remove the pinkish inedible hard fibre like small petals or casing at the stem base and the hard stigma from each florets as shown in the photo.

banana blossom

The innermost conical part: While doing so a stage will be reached when it is no longer possible to peel off the blossoms, chop off the innermost conical part and use it in your recipe or make fritters with it as I did here.

To remove the bitterness of mocha:
Boil the mocha or banana blossom in water which has a healthy volume of lemon juice or tamarind extract in it. Most of the chefs boil it in diluted milk to make it more soft (as told to me by one of the budding professional chef)
mocha banana blossom

stir fried mocha

stir fried mocha or banana blossom

mochar chop

mochar chop - banana blossom appetizer
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Banna blossom appetizer with coconut and peanuts, it holds a special stature in Bengali cuisine.
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6
  • Flower of Banana (or Mocha): One
  • Potatoes (mashed): 3 big sized
  • Green chilies (chopped):4-5
  • Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
  • Cardamoms: 2-3
  • Scraped Coconut and peanuts: ½ cup
  • Cumin powder: 1 tsp
  • Ginger (chopped):1tsp
  • Garam masala: 1 tsp
  • Sugar : ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • A mix of cornflour and breadcrumbs: ½ cup
  • Oil for deep-frying
Prepare the florets
  1. Collect the florets of the flower, tear out the middle stem (stigma) of the florets and finely chopped the florets in batches.
  2. Boil the florets in water with lemon juice or tamarind extract or try it with milk for 10 minutes. Strain the florets in a strainer and discard the water, squeeze extra water out of it by hard pressing, it will become pulpy. Keep it aside.
Prepare the stuffing
  1. Heat some oil in a pan and temper it with cumin seeds. Add the chopped mocha or banana florets and saute for sometime. Next add the peanuts or grated coconut along with cumin powder, garam masala, ginger, salt and sugar to taste. Lightly stir fry for few more minutes and remove from the heat.
Prepare the potato shells
  1. Mashed thoroughly the potatoes and mix it with salt and finely chopped green chillies. Divide it into six portions, flatten them like patties and give a bowl like shape.
  2. Filled the bowl of mashed potatoes with stir fried mocha or banana blossom in the centre and wrap it along so that the mocha is well secured inside it .
  3. Give them your desired shapes and dust each of the mochar chop / cutlet with cornflour and breadcrumbs mix, deep fry them in sufficient oil till they become golden brown in color.
  4. Serve the hot mochar chop / banana blossom appetizer with kasundi (Bengali mustard sauce) or any sauce of your choice.
Oil your palms well, specially the finger tips and nails, otherwise the sap or juicy extract from the blossoms will blacken the fingers , the black marks will eventually disappear in 2-3 days.
Oil the knife too if you are chopping the florets for the same reason stated above.
After removing the florets, directly put them in a bowl of water as they are quick to oxidize.
mochar chop

banana blossom appetizer served with kasundi (Bengali mustard sauce)

 If you like this recipe then please consider sharing it and do not forget to send me your feedbacks.


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    March 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Wow! This reminds me of my childhood. Mom used to be crazy about these and would pester granny to make some. I would crib. (I was averse to chops and fries and all such food items back then)
    Thanks for sharing the recipe! 😀

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    Sweet Artichoke
    March 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    What a delicious recipe! I really like the detailed explanations on how to prepare the mochas and the result look yummy!

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    March 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    thank you for linking this looks delicious and wonderful flavours in it i like banana blossoms

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    March 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Wow,this looks super spicy snack.Kids wll surely loive it.

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    Priya Mahadevan
    March 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    This is interesting! I tried the vazhappo and made somewhat of a masala curry out of it – I must say it was very bitter and needed a lot of seasoning to get past that!
    I might try this next time – thanks for sharing 🙂

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    March 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Wow.. your banana blossom stuffed potato is awesome… I made vada with banana blossom… This one is very inviting.. Love the golden color…


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    March 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Thats a definitely a healthy appetizier, thanks for sharing..

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    March 16, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Great recipe n so neatly done..a must try for me 🙂
    I love when food evokes memories n childhood one’s are always the BEST!! Well written..

    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event 🙂
    US Masala

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    Umm Mymoonah
    March 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    That looks very appetizing, perfect starter. Looks so yumm.

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    March 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    That sounds very new to me and also delicious recipe! Looks really appetizing!

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    Sushma Mallya
    March 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Lovely recipe, thts looks amazing:)

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    March 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you for taking the mystery out of cleaning banana blossoms. I’m bookmarking this recipe — it looks delicious.

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    Malar Gandhi
    March 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Wow, haven’t seen anything so gorgeous…can’t believe this is with plantain flower, superb dish.

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    March 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    This looks so delicious, lovely recipe.

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    March 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Banana blossom is new to e…looks so delicious and inviting.

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    Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal
    March 17, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Wow, that is such a superb recipe, very new and delish and interesting 🙂

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    March 17, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for your comments. Also I have made some changes in the code after reading your comment.
    Could you please check it ones again and let me know if you face the same trouble…..thanks is advance 🙂

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    Lubna Karim
    March 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Very new to me…love the idea of wrapping up in potato…sounds and looks yum….

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    Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
    March 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    This is wild…I always walk righ past the banana blossoms as intimidated as ever…this is not a dish dear – it is an inspiration and sure to please my bangla hubby 🙂

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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    March 18, 2011 at 2:34 am

    first time here…
    Wow, that looks wonderful!

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    March 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Lovely recipe,.I like it&its different test …looks nice .

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      March 19, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Thanks everyone for your kind appreciation and lovely words,

      Welcome Dimah,
      @Devaki this is really a wonderful appetizer, try it you will love it
      @Lubna potatoes wrapping makes it more tasty and yummy
      @Vaishali cleaning banana blossom is a tedious task no doubt but it taste so good that you will do it again and again.
      @Priya you need to get rid off its bitterness by soaking it in lemon or tamarind
      Welcome sweetartichoke I am glad that you like the detailed explanations, it really makes easy to understand and follow.

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