Gujarati Patra | Alu Vadi | Steamed Colacasia Leaves Pinwheels
The Patras also known as Alu Vadi's is a delicious preparation using spinach or colocasia leaves that has a sweet and tangy gram flour mixture spread on them and rolled in a special way to form a pinwheel. Traditionally Patra is made from colocasia leaves and many a times they are seasonal and are not readily available in most parts of India or even parts of the world. I used to find it hard to make this delicacy during my stay in Boston and my mother in law gave me a brilliant idea of using large spinach leaves that were available in abundance in the market. I hope you enjoy making this delicacy as much as I have enjoyed sharing this family favourite.
If you like this recipe, you can also try other Appetiser recipes such as
- 5 Spinach Leaves (Palak) , large or colocasia leaves, cleaned and dried For the Paste
- 1-1/2 cups Gram flour (besan)
- 1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 2 tablespoons Curd (Dahi / Yogurt)
- 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 1 tablespoon Jaggery , powdered
- 1 teaspoon Amchur (Dry Mango Powder) , or 1 teaspoon thick tamarind paste
- 1 teaspoon Coriander (Dhania) Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
- 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon Ginger , paste
- 1 tablespoon Cooking oil
- Salt , to taste For the Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Sesame seeds (Til seeds)
- 1 teaspoon Cumin (Jeera) seeds
- 4 Curry leaves
- 1 tablespoon Cooking oil
- 2 tablespoons Fresh coconut , grated
How to make Gujarati Patra | Alu Vadi | Steamed Colacasia Leaves Pinwheels
Combine all the ingredients for the paste adding very little water and make a smooth paste.
Place each spinach leaf on a flat surface with the greener side facing down, the pointer side facing towards you and the broader/heart side facing up.
Spread about a tablespoon of the gram flour paste evenly on the surface of the spinach. Fold the pointer side towards the inside half way through and press it gently to get stuck on the leaf. Gently fold the left and the right sides till towards their centre.
Now roll them into a log lengthwise and seal the edges together with the gram flour mixture. Keep aside.
Continue the same process with the other spinach leaves. Preheat a steamer with 3 cups of water at the bottom.
Grease the steamer plates with oil and place the spinach rolls into the steamer plates. Cover the steamer and steam for 15 minutes on high heat. Turn off heat; remove the steamer pates from the steamer and allow them to cool for ten minutes.
Once cooled, cut the spinach logs into sizes of half an inch and keep aside.
The patras will look like pinwheels with layers of green spinach and yellow gram flour.
Heat a tablespoon of oil in a wide sauté pan on medium heat; add the sesame seeds, cumin seeds and allow them to crackle.
Transfer the steamed patras into the pan and gently stir them into the seasoning. Turn off heat and arrange the patras back into the platter.
Garnish with freshly grated coconut and serve the delicious Gujarati Patra's | Alu Vadi's as an appetizer or along with your main course meal.
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