Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Patra (Snack With Colocasia Leaves)

          Patra is a Gujarati snack made with Colocasia (Seppankizhangu, Taro) leaves, gram flour and other spices. I knew about this dish for a long time but got to taste it only a couple of months back at a party and I liked it very much. Initially I was going to get a pack from the frozen section of an Indian store, but after becoming a food blogger, could I do that. So I picked up some fresh leaves and made this from scratch, it was a fairly simple process, I followed a recipe from my collection over the years. It came out very good and I was very happy that I gave this a try..

Need To Have
  • Colocasia Leaves - 9
  • Besan Or Gram Flour - 1 cup
  • Chilli Powder - 2 teaspoons
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Sesame Seeds - 1 + 1/2 tablespoons
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Grated Ginger - 1 tablespoon
  • Tamarind - 1 big lemon size
  • Jaggery - 2 tablespoons
  • Baking Soda - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Chopped Coriander Leaves - 1/4 cup
  • Grated Coconut - 1 tablepoon
  • Salt - to taste
  • Lemon - for serving  

Apply the paste 
Make the first fold and apply paste
Do the second fold and apply paste
Roll it over
Arrange in a plate and steam
          Take thick extract from the tamarind, take the colocasia leaves and slice out thick stems without damaging the leaves. In a bowl, take besan flour, add 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, asafoetida, baking soda, ginger, jaggery, the chilli and turmeric and garam masala powders, using the tamarind extract and 2 teaspoons of oil, make a thick paste. Take a leaf, place it vein side up, apply the paste, do the first fold, apply paste on the folded sides, do the second fold, again apply the paste on the folded sides and roll the leaf as shown. Repeat it with all the leaves, arrange it in a plate and steam it for 30 mins. Cool and slice it, heat some oil, add the mustard seeds and the remaining sesame seeds, once they splutter, add the slices, give a nice mix and remove. Garnish with the chopped coriander and the coconut and serve it with a squeeze of lemon juice.
Sending it to Spicy Treats for Show Me Your Hits - Healthy Delights event,
                to Cuisine Delights for the Colorful Holi event,
                to Srav's Cooking Concepts for the Dish For Loved Ones event,
                to Anzz Cafe for the Valentine's Day event,
                to Preeti's Kitchen Life for the Color And Sweet -  Holi Fest event,
                to Sizzling Tastebuds for the Valentine's Fest - Served With Love and
                to My Cook Book for the  Holi Hai event.

Wash the leaves well before using , you can apply paste on one leaf, place another leaf, apply paste, place a third leaf, do the same, roll it and slice it but I followed the above method.
The paste will be enough for 9 to 12 leaves depending on the size of the leaves.

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  1. wow....hema u have done a great job out here....wonderful preparation.....step by step pic r so helpful...

  2. simply awesome..my mother often makes this..we call it 'aluchi vadi' in marathi..u have done fabulous job..m drooling here!! :)
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  3. Very interesting recipe!! First time in your space. Do visit my space in your free time.

  4. Nice one Hema. Never tasted this too... Looks great with the steamed version

  5. Very healthy ones,sounds interesting too,Hema!!

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  6. Yummy recipe..bookmarked


  7. It's a new snack to me..have seen it in some blogs though!
    Where do you get fresh colocasia leaves?

  8. wow I love patra. you did it perfectly. nice pictures

  9. Nice one..
    & thanks linking 2 Holi Hai :)

  10. Gosh, this is my favorite!! Memories relived with a sight of this...splendid!! :)

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  11. Patra is what I always buy from the Indian store. I love it and have it for snack whenever possible. I had no clue as to how they make it. Thank you for blogging about it. But where do you get these leaves from? I have not paid attention to these leaves in the store.

  12. Delicious preparation...Love this..

  13. its come out perfectly.. have heard & tasted it but didn't know you made it from colocasia leaves.. have not see these...have done a fab job hema :)

  14. I love patra and takes little bit of patience in picking up the right leaves and applying the paste. But well worth the effort, looks so delicious.

  15. Patra is one of my favorite snack. This definitely requires a lot of patience and effort. Good one!

  16. this is very new n interesting...lovely recipe dear...healthy munch for snack time..
    Thank you so much for linking to the event..

  17. This looks very yummy n delicious n very new too..loved it


  18. Colocasia leaves snack looks delicious.

  19. Perfectly made !! looks wonderful !! Thanks for linking to the event !!

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  20. very interesting and well explained one...looks delicious..

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  21. that do sound interesting...never heard of this before...

  22. looks yummy! we make a very similar dish called pathrode but it doesnt have besan.. looks the same & i love it. im gonna try this version sometime

  23. Looks delicious and healthy. Never tried this before.. but looks so easy to make.Thanx for linking

  24. I have heard about this but never tasted, should be a very healthy snack!

  25. Lovely yummy snacks. Thanks for linking my event.

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  26. looks so delicious. I want to eat this off the picture.
    Thanks for visiting my place. Thanks as i realise i have not been clear in my instructions. I do not grind the peppers Though it sound sdelicious I just garnish with it as we do not enjoy peppers fried. You may fry them if you wish.

  27. Patra is one of my favorite snacks items, but have'nt had it in recent times. It is really difficult to find taro leaves here. Love your recipe and I just feel like having some right away

  28. Wow what a lovely snack and I had never even heard about it before this! kudos the way you folded the leaves, your pics make it look so easy, am sure there was a lot of skill involved :-)

  29. nice .love the step by step pics.....looks really tasty...and healthy too.

  30. Very nicely demonstrated steps . Looks so good

  31. awesome recipe..thanks for linking with my events

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