अळूची वडी or Colocasia Rolls

Also known as ‘patra’, this recipe is my all time favourite.

It can be served as a snack, a starter or even as an accompaniment with the main course.

Choose freshly cut, dark green, big , wide leaves.

Here is the recipe


  1. 12 colocasia leaves
  2. 1/2 cup besan
  3. 2 tablespoons rice flour
  4. 2 tablespoons thalipeeth bhajani
  5. 1 tablespoon wheat flour
  6. 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  7. 1/2 cup tamarind pulp (thick)
  8. 1 cup jaggery
  9. 1 tablespoon red chilly powder
  10. 1/4 teaspoon haldi
  11. salt to taste
  12. oil for deep frying


  1. Mix all the above ingredients (except the leaves).
  2. Add water and make a thick paste.
  3. Now take the biggest leaf , lay flat and apply the paste liberally on it.
  4. Then take a slightly smaller leaf , keep it in reverse direction on top of the first leaf (as shown in the drawing) .
  5. Keep layering the leaves (about 4- 5 leaves).
  6. Now fold the longer edges of the leaf inwards , towards the centre of the leaf.
  7. Apply the paste to secure the folds
  8. Then start rolling these leaves tightly .
  9. Keep applying the paste between the folds, to secure the rolls.
  10. Make three more rolls in the same manner.
  11. Steam these rolls in a steamer for about 25 – 30 minutes till they are cooked.
  12. When cooled, cut into thin slices.
  13. Deep fry the slices in hot oil.
  14. Alternately , for the weight watchers, you could shallow fry the slices in a pan.
  15. Garnish liberally with chopped coriander and fresh coconut.
  16. Serve hot

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