Friday, April 25, 2008

(Faux) Kelphoolachi Bhaaji

When Inji Pennu wrote that artichoke can be chopped and cooked and tastes like banana flower - which is kelphool in Marathi, I was overjoyed. I love banana flower and have no idea how to clean it. I wrote about Inji Pennu's Artichoke Thoran here, but forgot to write my Malvani version.

(Faux) Kelphoolachi Bhaji


2-3 artichokes, cleaned & chopped, pressure cooked
1/2 cup kala vatana sprouts, pressure cooked
salt to taste
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp oil
4 garlic cloves, smashed
2-3 red chilies
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


1. Heat oil. Add garlic & red chilie. Saute till garlic is golden brown.
2. Add chopped artichoke & kala vatana. Saute for 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water.
3. Add chili powder, salt. Saute till all the water is evaporated.
4. Now mix coconut & black pepper powder. Add the mixture to veggies.
5. Switch off the gas. Serve with chapati or rice bhakri.


Follow Inji Pennu's instructions to chop and clean artichoke.


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