Friday 29 June 2012

Kola Bhaja

I cannot seem to have enough of Swaran. Think of this girl & she is sure to pop up either on Gtalk or on Skype. There will come a time, say The Books, when people will not even need technology to interact. They will connect by thought. Till that happens, technology is not too bad either. In the pre-tech era, we often spoke of telepathy, when someone we had been thinking about, dropped in when least expected. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The power of thought moves mountains. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, following the movie by the same name, beautifully captures the magic of these vibrations of the mind. The secret is to ask-believe-receive. Simplistic though it may sound, it has worked for millions around the world. Send out a thought/desire to the Universe, believe that you will get your heart's calling and receive it gratefully when it is given to you, without being incredulous about your actually having gotten it! Intend-Declare-Detach says Peter Baksa, investigative journalist & author of The Point of Power. Intend an outcome, declare a plan of action and trust the Forces, detach yourself from your dream and have faith, that the cosmos will look into your request.
                                                                                                      How many of you have thought of the raw, unripe, green banana in the last one week? Summers in India, you wanted something light, green banana won't need too many spices, it has benefits both for dieters & diabetics, I must buy some the next time I go to buy vegetables. You've been thinking about it lately and bingo, you see this in today's menu! See the power of thought :) Kola(banana, Bangla) Bhaja(fry) is one of the easiest & yummiest dishes that is a favourite with fussy eaters too. High in fibre, cooked in very less oil, Kola Bhaja can be eaten with dal & rice/roti or just as a snack, instead of that oily samosa.
                                                                                                       Ingredients:[serves 2]
1. 1 green banana
2. 1 potato
3. Red chilli powder as preferred
4. Salt to taste
5. 1-2 tsp oil(refined/mustard/olive)
1. Cut the banana & potato(see pic) and boil in the pressure cooker adding salt, for 2 whistles.
2. When the boiled ingredients cool, peel them & cut into cubes.
                                                                                                                                                 Tip: Retain the boiled banana peel, that'll be our next recipe :)

3. Warm oil, add salt & chilli powder and neatly lay out the boiled & cubed banana and potato. Let fry on high flame for 4-5 minutes.
4. Gently turn side & let fry for the same time. 

Remove from flame & serve hot.  

                                                            This recipe is good to go as described. Add bhuna zeera/dhaniya/garam masala powder if you want that extra dazzle. 

As a chef, I'd suggest, always try the original recipe first. 

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