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Recipe | Smoked Pork with Banana Blossom and Bitter Eggplant (Likok)

“Are banana blossoms edible?” Absolutely yes – and they have some noteworthy benefits for your health too. Just look it up.

Not only that, they are just as delectable, and a popular ingredient used in various North East Indian recipes. Today, we are making a banana blossom dish with another star ingredient: Smoked pork. An interesting add-on would be the ‘Likok’ aka Bitter Eggplant, which lends a balancing taste note to the overall dish. This non-fussy dish is simple to make but has a unique memorable taste. So let’s start cooking!

Smoked Pork with Banana Blossom and Likok Eggplants


Smoked Pork with Banana Blossom and Likok Eggplants


  • 1 Kg Smoked pork (chopped into cubes)
  • 1 banana blossom
  • 3-4 potatoes
  • Around 100 gms of whole Eggplant bitter (Likok)
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes
  • 8-10 Green chilies 
  • Salt to taste

Main Ingredient 1: Smoked Pork


Smoked Pork

Main Ingredient 2: Banana Blossoms


Banana Blossoms


Eggplant bitter (Likok)

Getting the Ingredients Ready:

  • Banana blossoms: Remove the outer covers until you get the inner softer white portion. Now holding it vertically with the stalk on top, start slicing into small thin pieces with a sharp knife. (Refer the above photo)
  • Smoked Pork: Chop into 1″ pieces, and clean well with warm water
  • Potatoes: Peel and cut into halves
  • Eggplant bitter: Remove the stems, and wash. Leave them whole.
  • Tomatoes: Put a deep cut from the top in the middle; leave them whole
  • Green Chillies: Chopped

Ingredients for ‘Smoked Pork with Banana Blossom’


Ingredients ready to cook ‘Smoked Pork with Banana Blossom’

Directions to Cook:

  • Put all the above ingredients into a deep vessel and pour sufficient water to cover them fully. Add salt.
  • Cover with a lid, and cook on medium-high heat until the potatoes are soft, and the smoked pork is almost done.
  • Take out the tomatoes and potatoes and put them into a mortar and pestle, and mash them.
  • Put them back to the pot, and continue cooking with the lid open. Cook on low flame.
  • Add more water if required (this is a stew, so add water accordingly). Also, taste and see if you need to add more salt. Add if required.
  • Let it simmer for another 5-10 mins.
  • Smoked pork with banana blossom is ready to be served with rice. Enjoy!

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