Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Chal Thor or Banana Stem With Rice

Banana is a one of the tree which we can use completely from top to bottom. Like Banana, Banana Flower (Mocha), Banana stem and most important part is Banana Leaf which we don't eat but we used to cook so many dishes in banana leaf. Also Banana leaf is used as a plate too. One of a very famous curry in Bengal calls THOR GHONTO or BANANA STEM CURRY. My mother used to cook the banana stem in various way, and among all of them my favorite one is CHAL THOR OR BANANA STEM WITH RICE.

Most of us learn our first cooking lessons from our mothers only and we think they are the best cook in the world. So whenever I post any recipe which I learn from my mother a special feeling is always there. The recipe is quite easy but the taste and the mixed flavor of THOR and RICE make this dish outstanding.

Preparation time: 10 mints.
Cooking time: 40 to 45 mints.

1.Thor or Banana Stem: One big bowl (chopped finely).

2.One Cup Gobindobhog Rice or Basmati Rice (if you don’t have Gobindobhog rice).
3.Ginger and cumin seeds paste : 1 ½ tea spoon.
4.Coriander Powder, Red chili powder, Turmeric Powder (half tea spoon of each item).
5.Clove:2, Cardamom:2 to 3, Cinnamon Stick:1, Bay Leave :1, Few cumin seeds.
6.Few cashew nuts, Few raisins.
7.Two table spoon ghee.
8.Sunflower oil for cooking.
9.Salt and Sugar as per taste.


1.Wash and clean the Banana stem now marinate them with a pinch of turmeric powder and salt.

Now wash and clean the rice, add one tea spoon of ghee in a vessel and fry the rice slowly and keep it aside.

Now in a separate vessel add some oil and rest of the ghee and slowly fry the cashew nuts and raisins and keep it aside. Now on the same vessel add the whole garam masala, cumin seeds after few seconds add the cumin and ginger paste.

Now stir for some time and next add the marinated banana stem and cook it in low flame till the water evaporates.

Now add the fried rice, fried cashew nuts and raisins and add some water and cook till the rice done. (rice and banana stem need to look separate from each other).

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