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Besan Alu Wadi / Gujarati Patra

gujarati Patra
AluWadi or Patra or Patrado is a roll made of Arum/Colocasia/Taro root leaves.  Since Arum leaves are not available here, I had experimented making rolls with mustard leaves, lettuce leaves and collard greens.  I found Collard Greens taste the best.
Aluchi Wadi in Marathi, Patra in Gujarati and Patrado in Konkani.

Ingredients:
Collard Greens - a bunch
Besan/Gram Flour/Chickpea Flour - 1 cup
Coriander/Dhania Seeds - 1 tbsp
Jaggery or Brown Sugar - 1 tsp
Tamarind Paste - 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder/Cayenne Pepper - 1 tbsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/2 tsp
Semolina/Rava/Sooji - 1/2 cup (optional)
Salt
Oil
Collard Greens

How to prepare AluWadi:
  • Coarsely grind the coriander seeds.  In a mixing bowl, add gram flour, ground coriander, grated jaggery, tamarind, turmeric, Cayenne pepper and salt.  Mix all the ingredients well and make a paste with water.  The consistency is slightly thicker than pakoda/bhajia batter, not too thin.  You can add 1 tsp white sesame seeds/til in this batter as well.
  • For Arum leaves, add more tamarind to avoid itching sensation.  Add Cayenne pepper to suit your taste.
AluWadi
  • Wash the leaves well and remove the thick midribs of the leaves.  Wipe the leaves with a clean cloth.  Place a leaf with the lighter green side up and apply the gram flour paste evenly.  Place 4 - 5 leaves, applying paste in a similar way.  Fold the leaves together from all the 4 sides and form a roll.  
  • Steam these rolls for about 12 - 15 minutes.
  • After the rolls cool, cut the rolls into medium slices and shallow fry the slices in a pan with little oil until crisp.  You can coat the slices in rava/sooji/semolina and deep fry or shallow fry them.
besan aluwadi
Serve Aluchi Vadi with dal rice or as an appetizer.

20 comments:

  1. Thats a delicious and tempting alu wadi, yet to try this at home..Havent saw this leaves here, will go for search..fantastic work Uma..

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  2. These are my hubbys favourite.I sometimes make these with large spinach laeves as I cant get colocasia leaves.

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  3. Looks interesting & delicious...

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  4. we call it PATRA! I've posted on my blog too sometimes back..my DD's fav...love your step by step pics..

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  5. really interesting recipe.very new dish to me..taroo root is our favorite one..especially mine.
    wrap looks delicious.i like the detailed presentation..

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  6. Lovely! I think thats a great feat you achieved rolling and steaming them. Fantastic!

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  7. Woow,,name itself sounds great dear making snack with leaves great to see here..i heard about this snack i tried once it taste goood,,,still i didnt tried on myself sure will make it with the leaves,,,thanks for sharing Uma,,take care n keep on smiling,,,

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  9. its long since i ate this one, surely looks yum

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  10. arey aapko to tv's pe show karna chahiye...i mean so many varieties of dishes here on your blog...loved it all....:)

    i guess u would soon be a cooking super-star ;) ;)

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  11. Dear uma
    some awards are waiting for u at my blog..Please stop by to collect them

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  12. Thanks Priya, Simply.Food, Madhura, Jagruti, Prani, Nostalgia, Sathya, Sushma, Premalatha, Abhi for the lovely comments.

    Thanks Madhura and Prani for the awards.

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  13. Hy Uma,

    First time here. Fantastic collection of healthy recipes you have. Happy to follow u. Do drop in at my blog sometime.

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  14. Thanks for stopping by Jay and I appreciate your comment.

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  15. looks interesting..... never tried...going to try

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  16. Thanks Panchpakwan, Krishnaveni for stopping by.
    Krishnaveni, do give it a try and let me know how it turned out.

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  17. Loved the idea of using collard greens to make alu wadi, it looks fabulous !

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  18. Thanks Preeti and Usha for the sweet comments!

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