Thursday, October 3, 2013

Upasachi Aluvadi - Taro Leaves Rolls Experiment

I do not know if these "aluvadies" indeed qualify for religious fasting. I stepped out and found some beautiful taro leaves in my kitchen garden. I also had "upasaachi bhaajNi" in the pantry. I thought of combining these and made the rolls. They tasted really delicious.

Upasachi Aluvadi
उपासाची  अळूवडी 
Taro Rolls
12 Taro Leaves

1 cup uapasaachi bhajNi
1/2 cup daaNyache kooT/unsalted, roasted, peanut powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp ginger-green chile paste
1 tbsp minced cilantro
1 tsp sugar
salt to taste
1 cup yogurt sour

Oil/ghee for shallow frying

1. Clean and pat dry taro leaves. Make sure there are no stems. Remove any tough veins on the leaves.
2. Make a thick paste for the stuffing.
3. Place biggest leaf upside down. Spread the stuffing all over the leaf, leaving 2" border around the leaf so the stuffing does not go out.
4. Place another leaf on top. Spread the stuffing all over.
5. Repeat for 6 leaves. Roll from all the sides to make a cylinder. Be sure to close the opening.
6. Make 2 such rolls with 6 leaves per roll.
7. Steam in a pressure cooker without using pressure - for about 20 minutes. Let it cool down completely.
8. Cut into slices using a sharp knife.
9. Shallow fry using oil or ghee.
10. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice before serving.

Note -
1. Always use some sour ingredient like yogurt, tamarind pulp when handling taro leaves.

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