Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Alu Vadi - Taro Leaves Rolls

Although Patrode, AluVadi and Paatra are referred as synonyms, I disagree completely. Yes, they all are taro rolls, however, each of the recipes is different. Let's devour Maharashtrian style ALu VaDi today.
ALu VaDi
अळू वडी 
Taro Rolls
18 Taro leaves
Mix to a thick paste consistency
2 cups besan/chick pea flour
1/2 tsp asafetida
1 tbsp. grated jaggery
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp tamarind paste
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
2 tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp asafetida
1 tsp sesame seeds
1-2 green chilies, chopped (optional)
2 tbsp. freshly scraped coconut
Lemon wedges
1. Clean, rinse and dry taro leaves.
2. Keep them upside down so the lighter leaves are facing you.
3. Using paring knife, carefully remove thick veins, without tearing the leaves.
4. Mix besan with the remaining ingredients. Add water gingerly to make a thick paste.
5. Spread the paste on the biggest leaf first, leaving 2" border around the leaf. Place smaller leaf on top and spread more paste. Repeat till 6 leaves are used (biggest-smallest).
6. Fold from all the sides to make a roll.
7. Repeat and make 3 such rolls total.
8. Steam in the pressure cooker, without using pressure.
9. Let it cool down. Slice the rolls using a sharp knife.
10. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add the tempering.
11. As they sizzle, add the rolls and sauté till crisp. Alternately, crisp them on a pan and then pour the tempering on top before serving.
12. Garnish with coconut & lemon wedges
1. Use dark colored Taro leaves for this recipe.
2. Do not forget to add tamarind as it prevents the itchiness that Taro leaves impart.

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