My grandmother's house in South Mumbai was admired by all of our Konkani relatives. The reason was a big jackfruit tree within the compound(fence). The tree was so planted that its branches used to peer in grandma's kitchen balcony and window. What else does a Konkani want when jackfruit leaves are just within your arms reach? I mean devouring Khotte by just plucking those fresh jackfruit leaves right outside the kitchen window was a dream come true for the people in Mumbai.
Here in US, I haven't seen jackfruit leaves. I have seen the whole jackfruit in Chinatown, but am not so lucky to see the jackfruit leaves. Banana leaves are easily available in Chinatown. I use them to make panki, pannoli, ghavan etc. When I made pannoli, I thought of adding idli batter just the way I made pannoli. When I did it next time, I wanted to be even more adventurous. I decided to make a coneshaped roll of banana leaves, twisted a little at end so the batter won't drip and used a toothpick to hold the shape. (My grandmother used jackfruit leaves to make a cup and used small sticks called - choi -in Konkani to hold the shape). I poured idli batter and steamed it. Though it didn't have the same flavor of jackfruit leaves, it gave the flavor of banana leaves. It was unique as well. It sure was a delicacy and everyone was excited to open their individualized idli wrapper!
Khotte with Banana Leaves
Idlies steamed with banana leaves
1. Cut banana leaves into 4 rectangles each.
2. Roll into a cone shape. Twist at the bottom of each cone.