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Banana Flower Bah Mi

I used the flowers and heart from a mature banana blossom to create this dish. I battered and fried the flowers, and I sautéed the heart with some baby oyster mushroom and curry seasonings.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 4 bah mis
Cost: $12

Ingredients

  • 1 banana blossom mature flowers removed and cleaned. heart and baby flowers separated
  • 1/4 lb oyster mushroom
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup Perrier water
  • 1 tbsp unrefined olive oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4 curry leaves

Seasonings - half for batter, half for sauté

  • 1 tbsp unrefined salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala powder

Bun and Toppings

  • 4 soft buns or french baguette
  • 4 leaves kale
  • sweet and spicy peanut sauce recipe above
  • 10 chopped peanuts

Instructions

Fry Banana Flowers

  • Heat cooking oil to 350ºF
  • To make batter, combine flours, Perrier water, and seasonings
  • Dredge flowers in batter. When oil reaches temperature, drop flowers in hot oil. Try to keep them separate, but do not worry if flowers stick together. Do not overcrowd pot.
  • Remove after 1-2 minutes, when batter is golden-brown. Place on a plate lined with paper towels to catch excess oil.

Stir Fry Banana Heart

  • Heat a small pot of water to a boil. Add salt like you are making pasta.
  • Finely chop banana heart and baby flowers. Blanch in boiling water for about 30 seconds.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves.
    Dice onion, and dice oyster mushroom caps and stems separately.
  • When mustard seeds start to pop, add onion and mushroom stems. Remove curry leaves.
  • When onion starts to turn translucent, add mushroom caps and seasonings. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, until caps are meaty and flavorful.

Sandwich Assembly

  • Finely chop kale, and massage with a touch of olive oil and rice vinegar.
  • Cut open toasted bun and spread peanut sauce on the inside. Layer kale, banana flower fritters, banana heart sauté, and chopped peanuts to create 4 sandwiches.
  • Enjoy!!!!!