Kelphulachi bhaji also known as bonyechi bhaji is a traditional Goan delicacy. Banana blossom is known as Kelphul in Goan Konkani. This recipe is very simple to cook, but the process of cleaning the banana blossom is tedious. You need to have lot of time and patience to clean the banana blossom. I learnt to cook this recipe from my mother-in-law who had recently visited us.
My dad sent 2 home-grown banana blossoms and requested me to feature it on my website. He insisted that this recipe is his personal favorite and should be shared with all. So I forced my mom-in-law to teach me this step-by-step. My mom-in-law also taught me the process to clean banana blossom. In Goa, we call it “dai ani davlo kadap” – means separating the different parts of the stem.
See the video below to know how to separate the 2 types of stem. Thanks to my mom-in-law for this video. The stems should be compulsorily removed, else it spoils the taste of this dish. I have explained it in the recipe instructions below too. If you have kids around, involve them in the process of separating “dai” and “davlo”. Tell them your childhood stories around it and have a nice time bonding with them.
Banana blossom or kelphul is rich in Vitamins and fiber. It is very good for diabetic people. Lactating mothers should also eat this vegetable to increase the milk content for the new-born. I have added white peas to this recipe. You can even add black chick-peas or dry green peas. But some type of peas should be added.