Friday, 8 November 2013

Mocha Chingri... Banana Blossoms and Prawn Curry..!

Mocha Chingri ( Banana Blossoms and Prawn Curry) is an authentic Bengali delicacy which I love since my childhood and learned to cook from my mother only. But cleaning this vegetable properly is really a very tough job for me. For this reason I very rarely cook this . But I must admit that my extreme mocha lover husband all the time helps me in this respect.

Anyway, here is the process of making Mocha Chingri :


  • Mocha (Banana Blossoms) : 1 large
  • Prawns : 100 grams, small peeled and de-veined
  • Potato - 1 medium (diced in very small cubes)
  • Coconut Milk: 1/2 Cup
  • Whole Cumin Seeds- 1/4 tsp
  • Bayleaf - 1 medium.
  • Ginger - 1 tsp, ( Paste)
  • Cumin powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder  - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Sugar - 1tsp.
  • Dry Red Chilli:2
  • Ghee - 1 tsp
  • Oil (Mustard) :4 tbsp.
  • Garam Masala Powder:1 tsp.
  • Water: 2/3 Cups.


Mocha/ Banana Blossoms:

  • Remove the blossoms after peeling away the outer leaves and clean. Chop finely.
  • Now Take a pressure cooker and add the chopped banana blossoms and 2 cups of water  Add little salt and oil.
  • Cook it upto 3/4 whistles.
  • Drain the excess water using a strainer.
  • Keep it aside.


  • In a deep bottomed vessel heat little oil and fry the cubed potatoes until golden yellow . Add little salt and turmeric powder while frying them. Keep them aside.
  • Now in the same pan heat little more oil and fry the prawns slightly with little salt and turmeric powder. Keep the prawns separately .


  • Heat 2 tbsp of mustard oil in a deep bottomed vessel and add the cumin seeds,dry red chili  and bay leaves.
  • When the cumin seeds start to splutter add the boiled blossoms and fried potato and mix well.
  • Then add the salt, turmeric powder, cumin powder and the ginger paste.
  • Mix the blossoms with all the spices very well and cook until the oil start to release from the sides.
  • Now mix the coconut milk with 1 cup of water and pour into the curry. Sprinkle little sugar on it and mix.
  • Cover and cook on medium flame until the blossoms become mushy and the potatoes are boiled.
  • Uncover , add the prawns and mix well cook for few minutes.
  • Check the seasoning and sprinkle the garam masala powder and pour the clarified butter (ghee) on the top.
  • Turn off the flame . Now your banana blossoms and prawn curry is ready to serve.
  • Serve it with steaming hot rice.

                                  Enjoy Your Food..!


  1. love it!! like the way you presented Mocha Chingri...! simply superb..!!

  2. Wow! wonderful blog ! Gourmet's delight..:-D