Monday, 12 January 2015


Patra is one of the most popular savory snack in North India. Patra is made from Arbi / colocasia leaves. It is steamed cooked and seasoned with Indian spices. Yummy tea time low calorie snack!

Ingredients - Serves 4
  • Colocasia / Arbi leaves - 5 to 6 nos
  • Besan - 1/2 cup
  • Tamarind pulp - 2 tblsp
  • Jaggery - 2 tsp
  • Sesame seeds - 1tblsp
  • Baking soda - pinch
  • Asafoetida - pinch
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric power - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tblsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Soak tamarind in 1/4 cup of warm water for 15 minutes and strain to get thick pulp
  • Take the colocasia leaves and remove the thick stems without damaging the leaves
  • In a small bowl mix besan flour, jaggery, 1/2 tblsp sesame seeds, asafoetida, baking soda, ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and garam masala powder
  • Add tamarind pulp and oil to make a thick paste

    • Take a leaf, place the vein side up and apply the paste 
    • Place another leaf over it and apply the paste

      • Repeat it with all the leaves and roll one end to another

      • Arrange the rolled up leaves in a plate and steam it for about 15 mins
      • Allow it to cool and then slice the Patra in half inch thickness
      • Heat the pan with oil and add mustard seeds and remaining sesame seeds
      • When it pops add the slices, give a nice mix
      • Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves and is ready to be served

                Nutritional Information
                • Colocasia leaves are rich in Vitamin A & C which is good for vision and for healthy skin
                • The Iron content in Colocasia leaves helps improve the quality of blood and acts as a boost to liver health
                • This is also rich in Potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure
                • Besan / Chickpea flour has good source of fiber; getting more fiber in your diet may reduce the risk of heart diseases and Diabetes
                • Per serving =  25 calories approximately

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