Thor Muri Ghonto (Banana Stem Cooked with Rice - Bengali Style) | How to make Thor Muri Ghonto (Banana Stem Cooked with Rice - Bengali Style)

By Bethica Das  |  23rd Feb 2018  |  
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Thor Muri Ghonto (Banana Stem Cooked with Rice - Bengali Style)by Bethica Das
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  • Cook Time

    20

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About Thor Muri Ghonto (Banana Stem Cooked with Rice - Bengali Style) Recipe

'Thor' in the Bengali lingo or 'Banana Stem' is a wonderful veggie which has a lot of essential nutrients, health benefits and is good for weight loss and in lowering high blood pressure. It is also popular in the southern regions. This stem can be turned into various delicious recipes. So here comes 'Thor Muri Ghonto', which means Banana Stem cooked with Rice. This Muri Ghonto recipe is usually prepared with Fish Head and some Rice. But I thought why not apply the same rule in making with Banana Stem. I should say it turned out simply yummy. I gave a tempering of bay leaf, cumin seeds and whole garam masalas and cooked with cashew paste, milk and other spices for a creamy texture. The medium of cooking was of course mustard oil and I finished it off with some garam masala and ghee to enhance the flavour. It is best relished as a side dish with either plain rice, chapattis or parathas.

Thor Muri Ghonto (Banana Stem Cooked with Rice - Bengali Style)

Ingredients to make Thor Muri Ghonto (Banana Stem Cooked with Rice - Bengali Style)

  • 1 Thor (banana ) stem of around 8" long
  • 1 potato, cubed
  • 2 tbsp. Basmati rice, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 2 tbsp. mustard oil
  • 2 tsp. ghee
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1" cinnamon stick
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp. roasted coriander-cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 green chilies, slit
  • 2 tbsp. cashew nut paste
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder

How to make Thor Muri Ghonto (Banana Stem Cooked with Rice - Bengali Style)

  1. Cut the stem into round slices and remove the fibre that comes with it. Chop into thin strips & immerse in turmeric water as you cut.
  2. Pressure cook with enough water for 1-2 whistles. Drain or squeeze out all the water. Keep aside.
  3. Heat oil & ghee in a pan and saute the potatoes till light brown. Keep aside.
  4. Temper the same oil with bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves & cumin seeds.
  5. Add the onions and saute till light brown.
  6. Add the onions and saute till light brown.
  7. Add the soaked & drained rice and mix well. Saute for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Add the fried potatoes, drained Thor, salt, cashew paste & green chilies.
  9. Add 1 cup water & 1 cup milk. Cover and simmer till the potatoes & rice are soft and cooked.
  10. Add 1 cup water & 1 cup milk. Cover and simmer till the potatoes & rice are soft and cooked.
  11. When done, add the garam masala & ghee. Give it a mix and serve either with rice or chapattis.

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