Pigeon cooked with banana flower, its an amazing Assamese dish from Assam. This is altogether a tasty dish and also healthy. Full with iron and protein. Cooking and eating from authentic traditional dishes are love. Each and every place has their kind of dishes and Assam has more than pne pf them. So sunday my lunch is all set. What about yours?
500 gms of pigeon meat cut into small pieces (make the pieces really small, cut with the bones)
1 fresh whole banana flower (make sure, the banana flower which you pick up is really a fresh one, you would not get the intended taste of the dish if you do not use a fresh banana flower)
1 medium sized potato
6 cloves of garlic
1 inch of ginger
2 red chilies
1 tablespoon of whole black peppercorns
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder
Salt to taste
2 Bay leaves
1 teaspoonful of the mixture of whole cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, mustard seed, ajwain seeds and black cumin seeds in equal quantities
Cooking oil (again if you have mustered oil, its better)
Serves: 4 people
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 – 30 minutes
Note:- The banana flower has many layers and it depends on how you cut it. You need to peel off several layers
Start peeling out the layers of banana flower. We need to remove first 2-3 layers, there we will find a ring of smaller white colored part which is the actual flower part of the entire big piece of the banana flower. Cut it into small pieces . The important thing is if you find a powdery feel the banana flower is fresh. Keep peeling of the layers until you find a off-white part of the flower. Cut of the top and bottom portions out of the white part.wash the entire white part which you have before cutting. Then chop into fine pieces. But take care to remove the longest of the thready part in the center. Add some salt and mash them. Some water will come out and turn to a darker shade. Drain out the water and keep the mashed banana flower aside.
Now make a paste of ginger and garlic. Then cut the potatos and fry them till they are half cooked and set aside.
Heat kadai and put some cooking oil. Crackle the mixture of cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and black cumin seeds. Add the dry red chills and the bay leaves. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry them for 2 minutes . Once the smell of garlic starts coming, add the pigeon meat and the mashed banana flower portions, add turmeric powder and the cumin powder. Keep stirring and fry, than reduce the flame to minimum and cover the kadai with a lid. Let it simmer for 15 minutes. The banana flowers will release some water and the meat gets cooked in that water. Put the potato and salt to the curry and mix them well. Check if the meat has become tender and the flowers are reduced. Grind the black peppercorns and add them to the curry. After the meat has become tender turn off the heat and your curry is ready. Serve hot with rice or roti.
Now, Here is what a sorted kind of sunday seems like !