Oh, I remembered my childhood when Ma would torture me with sojne phuler bati chorchori in the month of March. For those of you, who do not understand Bengali, sojne phul is moringa blossoms and they turn into drum sticks when they mature. Like cherry blossoms, they are very short lived. Just for a couple of weeks at the onset of spring and you will find your neighborhood drumstick tree blossoming into all white with flowers scattered on the ground. Most of the time, the morning walk crowd picks up the flower and by 7: 30 am, you will not find one single blossom. Ma insisted on having this seasonal flower since it is supposed to be a precaution for chicken pox.
The importance of Sojne phuler bati chorchori in my life
I was 25, when I got chicken pox and I was in the UK at that time. It was so amusing when the GP announced, looking at my boils, that I have chicken pox. I only remembered Ma and sojne phul. Alas, I had not had sojne phuler bati chorchori in the UK.
How does sojne phuler bati chorchori taste?
You need to have a developed taste bud to like this dish. As an adult, I love it. There is a hint of bitterness and some sweet. There is an overall balance with the tomatoes, some sugar and the pungent mustard oil. When generously mixed with steamed rice using your fingers, mashing some green chilies into it; sojne phuler bati chorchori taste like none other.
Some of the common household recipes of sojne phul are bati chorchori, regular chorchori, sojne phuler bora, sojne phul bhaja and many more.
Sojne phuler bati chorchori is perhaps the easiest to make
Almost effortless cooking, any bati chorchori is easy and quite healthy form of cooking too. The only tedious part about this dish is cleaning the moringa blossoms and removing all the stems. Rest all is, as Tugga say, easy peasy lemon squeezy.
By this time, in all probabilities, sojne phul is out of the market. If you are lucky and find it, do try the recipe and let me know how was it. Or else, next year perhaps!
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