Posola Khar

Cooking from Assam.

This type of khar is made from the edible part of the stem of a banana tree.

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Ingredients

1 medium size posola (banana stem)
4 cloves garlic crushed
1 tsp. of grated ginger
2 green chillies
1 tbsp. of mustard or refined oil
1 tbsp. kola khar or pinch of sodium bicarbonate
Salt to taste
1/2 cup water

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Method

  1. Peel two or more sheathes one by one from the posola (banana stem) till you get to the tender part.
  2. Grate or chop the posola and soak it in salted water for 5 to10 minutes.
  3. Next crush the posola with your hand take it out of the water. It will be little fibrous.
  4. Heat the oil in a heavy pan and remove from fire when it starts smoking.
  5. When it cools slightly, add garlic, ginger and chillies and sauté for a while.
  6. Return the pan to the fire and add the posola.
  7. Add the kola khar. If you are using sodium bicarbonate mix little water to it and pour over the posola.
  8. Add salt to taste.
  9. Reduce the heat, sprinkle a handful of water over the
  10. Cover the posola and cook till done.
  11. Serve with steamed rice or even bread.

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