For a meat lover, all the talk about the need to reduce intake of meat if you are on a weight loss plan may sound jarring. Top it with the thought of including more vegetables in your daily diet and you wonder why the world is so boring!
Here are a few recipes that allow you the luxury of combining meat with vegetables so that you need not give up on your favourite foods altogether.
Banana Flower with Moong and Fish head
Fish head of any big fish , cut into half ( I have used Katla)
2 Banana Flowers/Mocha
200gms split yellow moong beans/moong dal
1 medium sized onion, chopped
10 to 12 small brinjals, cut into small cubes
2 medium sized potato, cut into cubes
1 and 1/2 tsp panch foron
1 tsp cardamom powder
1 Bay Leaf
1-inch piece of Ginger, made into paste
2 green chilies,slit lengthwise
1 tsp turmeric powder
Salt, to taste
Oil, as required
For preparing the banana flowers, discard the parts to be removed.
Next boil the flowers for 5 to 6 minutes, keep aside.
In the mean time dry roast (without using oil) the moong dal, keep aside.
Also fry the fish head, keep aside.
Next, in a Cooker, add the moong dal, banana flowers and potato with 5 cups of water, turmeric powder and salt, pressure cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
If not using a cooker, use a large wide bottomed pan for this procedure, dal should be 80% cooked after completing this step.
Next heat 1 and a 1/2 tbsp of oil in a large wide bottomed pan, add the panch foron, once it starts to sputter, add the Bay leaf and the ginger paste.
Once fragnant, add green chilies and onion and fry till translucent.
Next add the fish head, mix well with the spices.
Add brinjal and cook for another 2 minutes, then add the moong and banana flower gravy from the cooker and let cook covered for another 10 to 12 minutes or until it is fully cooked.
Maintain a semi-solid consisteny.
Add another cup of water if required.
Sprinkle cardamon powder before removing from heat.
Serve hot with rice/chapati/parathas.
Tip to use banana flower: Each banana floret has a string-like stamen with anther (small head) that must be discarded. The plasticky petal should also be removed.