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Nancy de Mayo's Puso Saging

Nancy de Mayo's Puso Saging

This recipe yields a medium sized bowl, which can be an appetizer or an accompaniment to a main dish.

There are three steps to this recipe. To follow all three steps would take  about 20-30 minutes. 

 
 
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Ingredients List:

(Step 1)1 coconut

 
(Step 2)1 medium sized banana heart

 
(Step 3)1 tsp coconut oil, 1 small red onion minced, 3 cloves of, garlic minced, thumbnail sized ginger minced, salt to taste , sugar to taste, 1/4 cup sugar cane vinegar

 
 
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1. EXTRACTING MILK FROM A COCONUT

  • Peel the husk off the coconut and half with a large bolo knife or machete.
  • Using a coconut grater, scrape the meat off of the coconut halves.
  • Pour a 1/3 cup of water into the grated coconut. Mix well with your hands.
  • Take a small amount of the water/coconut mixture into the palm of your hand and squeeze over a  medium sized bowl with a sieve. Repeat this process until about a cup of milk is produced in the bowl.
  • Set aside for Step 3.   

   

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STEP 2. PREPARING THE BANANA BLOSSOM

  • Cut the stalk off the banana blossom.
  • Half the blossom lengthwise to see the anatomy clearly. 
  • Discard the outer crimson shells as well as the pistils that line them. Do this until you are left with light green petals only.
  • Cut the halves to make 4 parts.
  • In a medium sized pot over medium-high heat, submerge the four parts in water and bring to a boil.
  • Let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes. 
  • Drain and let cool. 
  • Cut out the spine and pistils; discard.
  • Slice the light green layers very thinly crosswise and set aside for Step 3. 
  • 3. COOKING THE DISH
  • In a medium sized pot over medium heat, combine all ingredients from the list. Salt and sugar to taste.
  • Let simmer for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Serve as a side dish to accompany a main course, drizzled over steamed rice.

 

 
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3. COOKING THE DISH

  • In a medium sized pot over medium heat, sauté  the minced red onion, garlic and ginger in 1 tsp coconut oil, for about 5 minutes.
  • Add salt and sugar to taste.
  • Add vinegar and let simmer for about 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add banana hearts and let simmer for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, strring occassionally. 
  • Serve.
 
 
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