- Thor or Banana stem – 2 pieces
- Gobindabhog / aromatic rice – 1 Cup
- Ginger Paste = 1 tbsp
- Green Chilli – As per taste
- Cashew nut – 1 tbsp
- Raisins – 1 tbsp
- Whole garam masala – Bayleaf, Cinnamon, Cloves, Green Cardamom
- Ghee – 3 tbsp
- Salt, Sugar, Turmeric,
- Coriander Powder
- Kashmiri Chilli Powder
In a pan, add ghee and when it is hot, add the whole garam masala. Let it sizzle.
Then add the banana stem and mix well. Fry for a minute or two.
Add the masala water and stir to coat the banana stems well.
Next goes the gobindabhog rice. Fry for some time till the rice become opaque.
Then add slitted green chilli and a cup of hot water. Cover with a heavy lid and cook on low heat till the rice and banana stem is cooked. Check the water, if required, give a splash or two.
The water should be fully absorbed into the rice. When the rice and banana stem is cooked, add salt and a sprinkle of sugar. The dish should be a bit sweetish in nature. Add the dry fruits after soaking it in water for some time.
Mix it and keep covered for 10 minutes. Serve the delicious Chal Thor or Thor pulao as part of typical Bengali Lunch.
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