Guess a plant what every Bengali people want to grow even if they own the smallest backyard. Yes, you got it correctly. It would be Maan kochu (Taro plant). Many Bengali people grow this plant at their backyard because they love dishes prepared with this vegetable and secondly it is very easy to grow. This plant does not need direct sunlight. If your backyard is getting atleast one-hour sunlight then it will grow fast. It does not need enough fertilizer also. Most people even never add fertilizer to it. But the most importantly everybody loves maan kochu based dishes, particularly maan kochu bata. Did you ever try it?
This dish is very popular in West Bengal, India as well as in Bangladesh too. Everybody loves it to have with plain rice. The strong flavor & aroma of raw mustard oil make this more enjoyable. I do not know that such maan kochu based dishes are popular anywhere else in India or not. But here in West Bengal, almost everybody will give proper honour (or Maan in Bengali) & respect to this maan kochu bata. Only a few Bengali who do not like it are basically afraid of its itching characteristic. But if anybody have a good maan kochu and prepare it correct way then it won’t create any problem.
I believe that you also love this dish and that why you are still with me and reading this post. Is it not correct?
This year, I am also growing a maan kochu at our side yard garden. But that is not yet matured for harvesting.
Maan kochu bata recipe
- 300 gm maan kochu
- 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
- 3 green chillies, whole
- 1 large onion (optional)
- 1.5 tablespoons raw mustard oil
- Salt to taste
- Cut maan kochu into small pices and add those into a grinder, add salt too and grind to make paste
- Now Take maan kochu paste in a clean cloth and press it to extract its residual water out
- Now put it back into grinder, now add green chillies, mustard seeds, raw onion (optional) and salt to taste and grind to make smooth paste
- Add raw mustard oil before serving
- Serve it with plain cooked rice