Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Patra Bhajia

Ingredients :

15-20 large patra leaves (colocasia leaves).
1/2 cup tamarind extract (juice).
1 cup gramflour (besan).
3 tsp. chilli powder.
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder.
3-4 pinches asafoetida.
1 tsp. crushed cumin seeds.
3 tsp. powdered sugar.
1 tbsp. oil.
salt to taste.

For seasoning :

1 tbsp. oil.
1/2 tsp. each cumin & mustard seeds.
1 tsp. sesame seeds.
1 tsbp. coriander leaves finely chopped.
1 tbsp. coconut grated fine.

Method Of Preparation :

Clean, wash and wipe leaves. Cut thick veins with a pair of scissors.
Roll lightly with a rolling pin. Keep aside.
Mix all ingredients (not those for seasoning)
The mixture should be a thick paste.
Place a leaf backside up on a flat worksurface.
Take a little paste and apply thinly all over leaf surface.
Place another leaf over it. Repeat.
Get a set of 3-4 layered leaves, top layer being that of paste.
Fold in the edges and roll the leaves, starting with their base towards tip.
Make the roll tight and seal sides with some paste.
Place in the perforated vessel of a double boiler or steam cooker.
Repeat for all the leaves and paste.
Steam in the cooker for 30-40 minutes till cooked.
Cool, and remove. Cut into 1/2" thick slices.
When cooled well, season as follows.
Heat oil, add seeds, allow to splutter.
Add sesame, coriander, and coconut.
Check and adjust, salt, chilli and sugar as desired.
Mix well, serve hot or cold.

Making time: 30 minutes (excluding steaming time).
Makes: 20-25 patras.
Shelflife: Seasoned 1 day.
Deep Fried: 2-3 days.

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