Saturday 30 June 2012

Kolar Khosha Baanta

Fighting the flab seems to be the story of everybody's life these days. Well, almost everybody's. Intellectuals think of how to minimize the ozone hole, solve world hunger & mesmerize the world with their music. And while they are at it, they don't mind trimming their tyres! 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Inayat has his hands full with Afroze, his band. Being the lead vocalist, he has his daily riyaaz, his performances, his interviews with the media and his public appearances to make. And, as a bachelor, his own food to cook. Which, as anybody can see, is no mean feat. Where does one fit in the pranayam? Erratic schedule, shoots in various locales, no fixed timings for anything, ab inn sabme fit kaise rahein? Discipline yourself seems to be the only mantra that works. The world looks up to a disciplined person. Their lifestyle, their time management, all become food for thought for the rest of us. But how long does one only admire? When does one start to imbibe? The answer my friend is blowing in the wind, the answer my friend lies in the will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kareena does fifty suryanamaskars every morning regardless of which part of the world she is shooting in. You don't get a body like that by gorging on pizza & burger. Closer home, Ro, a self-confessed 'aunty' became a diva by making lifestyle changes. She replaced her regular  milk & sugar tea with green, the evening patties with a low- cal, high-fibre fruit, the kaju biscuit with a digestive. When others reach for their aerated drink, she sips her nimbu pani. The result is the local tailor getting extra business for altering all those (by-now) extra large clothes to fit her fitter avatar. And the admiring glances that would make a teenager blush, comes with the package. 
                                                                                                        Continuing with our health food awareness, I present this starter for you. The first course in a Bengali lunch, not a starter that you can eat by itself, really. Kolar(banana's) Khosha(peel) Baanta(paste) may not sound glamorous to most but try it with plain rice and see for yourself what wonders this fruit can do in its various forms. You did not throw away the boiled green banana peel after the Kola Bhaja, did you? Good! Now is the time to put it to nutritious use. 
                                                                                         Ingredients:[serves 2]
1. Boiled peel of 1 green banana
2. 1/2 tbsp posto (khus khus)
3. 1/2 tsp kalonji/ panch phoron
4. 1 tsp mustard oil
5. Green chilli as preferred
6. 1/2 tsp sugar
7. Salt to taste

1. Soak posto & keep aside for 10 mins.
2. Grind boiled banana peel, posto, green chilli & salt to a smooth paste.

3.  Heat mustard oil and allow kalonji/panch phoron(whichever you are using) to crackle.
4. Add the peel paste & sugar to the seasoning and mix well till water dries.                               

Ma adds freshly grated coconut to kola baanta. I added posto cz I did not have that at home. Replace posto with coconut and get an equally delightful dish. Eat with plain white rice. Cook rice in an open vessel(never in the pressure cooker) & drain the starch please! Use the starch on your cottons, don't allow it to gather around your waistline. 
                                                                                                          See that deep bowl of lentil in the pic(right)? Weight-watchers, watch this space for that recipe :) And while you are waiting, immerse yourself in the soulful music of Afroze.

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