Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Kormic Connection - Korma from raw banana peel

I tried this, I tried that, I tried everything I could, under the sky - to keep everyone happy, but it didn’t happen. Gave up 9-5 job and started working from home to keep mum-in-law happy…okay that was 9-9, but then that’s how it is with everyone. Stopped shopping – to keep Hubby happy, cooked alien food everyday to keep little S happy…… but there’s always a gap! However hard you try there is still that little something that you have missed and that’s where everyone points at! So I gave up trying and did today what would make me happy. Yes, that is what I did whole of today. I did a hair treatment at home-one that I have been yearning to do since long, went to the parlor to get a facial (!),  cooked what I like to eat, and didn’t take S’s studies. And I realized that all my stress comes from making him do his lessons!
Since I did everything for myself today, I decided to cook the dish with raw banana peels, I loved as a child. Who doesn’t know we Bengalis have a penchant for all discards! We cook and relish the peels of literally every vegetable!
Love it I did, but never tried my hands at it before today. So tringgg! Went a call to the sleepy town of Durgapur, and as always MOM did her bit, by helping with the recipe. Here goes….

Korma from raw banana skin  

What you’ll need:
Green plantain skin: I used 2 bananas
Potato: 1 medium diced
Onion seeds/ Black Nigella seeds/kalojire: 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder: 1 tsp
Coriander prd: 1 tsp
Garam masala pdr: 1 tsp
Ginger paste : 1 tsp
Tomato : paste of one small
Salt : ½ tsp
Turmeric: ½ tsp`     
Oil: 2 tsp

How you’ll do it:
Step 1: separateThick peels from the bananas.Peel off the green outer layer, from the peels, the fibres will have to be removed like this.

Step 2: Lightly steam  the peels

Step 3: Make a paste of the boiled banana peels 

Step 4: Heat oil in a wok and throw in the nigella (kalojire/onion) seeds.

Step 5: Throw in the diced potatoes, stir and cover.

 Step 6: Add the cumin, coriander , GM powder, ginger  & tomato paste, salt and turmeric. Stir well and cover.

Step 7: Add the peel paste, mix nicely and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes and remove from heat. Keep sprinkling water if you feel that it is sticking to the pan. Done ! Great with roti or dal-rice, either way. This quantity will be sufficient for 2. 

Banana peel is highly nutritious. Rich in Iron, Potassium and Calcium, banana peels are also important source of Vitamin B6, and C. 


  1. Thank you very much Jhimly for visiting my blog and leaving wonderful comments. It means a lot to me
    Nice to meet another Bong blogger. tomar potol rassa tao jabardast hoyeche. Even this rich peel kola khosha dish ta darun lage ..Happy to follow u.
    Keep in touch

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  2. Hey,

    New recipe to me..Looks and sounds nice...:)


  3. @Deepa - Thanks for dropping by and leaving encouraging comments...its only that what counts :) I'm replicating your pulao this sunday ...for hubby, whose coming back from a long outstation trip.
    @Dr. Sameena - Thanks a lot for your kind words, would visit your site soon:)

  4. Very interesting dish. Never thought of this idea.
    Thanks for dropping by my space and leaving such a beautiful comment.
    Will keep coming back. :)

  5. Yum, wow, lovely flavors in there. Looks great n so unique !
    US Masala

  6. looks yummy n tasty..
    first time here...nice space you have..interesting posts..
    wish to visit often to check out yummy recipes..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..

    Tasty Appetite

  7. Hi, loved your blog and this recipe, in particular. You have a good collection of recipes. Shall visit here again very soon.

  8. @Rinku - Thanks a lot, buddy!

    @Aipi - Thanks a lot for the compliment, will visit your place very soon:)

    @Padhu - Thanks...will drop by your place soon

    @ Jay - Thanks, will visit your blog soon !

    @Purabi - Thanks a lot Purabi for the compliment, you are more than welcome !

  9. this is one of my favorite mom used to make this one.....u have a nice collection...glad to meet another Bengali cook far away from Bengal like me :)

  10. Woww. thats a unique recipe.. never seen this.. Have to surely try this out :) Thanks to you for this new recipe

  11. @ a girls Diary - Thanks a lot !
    @ The kitchen affair - Thanks, will drop in at yours sometime soon :)

  12. "However hard you try there is still that little something that you have missed and that’s where everyone points at" -- hah,tell me about that. You did good :-)
    I have never had this dish, my Ma-in-law makes a bata but not a cooked dish. Will try this when we get kaancha kala

  13. Thanks are the reason why I started blogging, so any comment from you means a lot to me :). Do make the bata and post it for the benefit of all of us out here!

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