Paatra ( Gujarati Recipe)

Paatra ( Gujarati Recipe)

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Patra is sure to take your taste buds on a roller coaster ride! it is sweet, spicy and salty—all at the same time. Here, nutritious and tasty colocasia leaves are stuffed with a spicy mixture. Depending on the size of the leaves, you get normal or mini patras. Although patras taste best when deep-fried, you can also steam or shallow-fry them. When making patras, remember the two key secrets to success: roll them tightly, and never forget the tempering!

Paatra ( Gujarati Recipe) recipe - How to make Paatra ( Gujarati Recipe)

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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For The Besan Mixture
2 1/2 cups besan (bengal gram flour)
1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp asafoetida (hing)
3/4 cup grated jaggery (gur)
3 tbsp tamarind (imli) pulp
1 tsp oil
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
10 medium sized colocasia leaves
2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
2 tsp sesame seeds (til)
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

For The Garnish
2 tbsp freshly grated coconut
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)

For the besan mixture

    For the besan mixture
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, add water 9approx 1 cup) and mix thoroughly till the jaggery melts and the mixture becomes smooth. Keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Wash the colocasia leaves and dry using a kitchen towel.
  2. Place the leaves with the vein side facing you on a clean dry surface and remove the veins using a sharp knife.
  3. Place a leaf with the tip facing towards you, apply little besan mixture and spread it using your fingers to make an even layer.
  4. Apply little besan mixture on another leaf and place it in on the first leaf with the tip in the opposite direction.
  5. Continue the procedure (step no. 3 and 4) for 3 more leaves.
  6. Fold the leaf around 1” from one side.
  7. Apply the besan mixture on it. Repeat the same with the other side.
  8. Fold the leaf around 1” from your side.
  9. Apply the besan paste on it with your fingers.
  10. Roll it up tightly, while applying besan mixture with each fold. Keep aside.
  11. Repeat with the remaining 5 leaves and besan mixture to make 1 more roll and steam in a steamer for 20 to 25 minutes or till it becomes firm.
  12. When cool, cut into 12 mm. (½”) thick slices. Keep aside.
  13. Heat the oil in a kadhai and add the mustard seeds.
  14. When the seeds crackle, add the sesame seeds and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds, while stirring continuously.
  15. Add the patra pieces, toss gently and sauté on a medium flame for a minute.
  16. Serve immediately garnished with coconut and coriander.

Handy tip

    Handy tip
  1. Always use black stemed colocasia leaves while making patra.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy577 cal
Protein24.2 g
Carbohydrates96.1 g
Fiber20 g
Fat10.9 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium76.8 mg


Paatra ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 31 Aug 19 04:49 PM

Hello Tarla, Thank You for the recipe. I improvised it by using Chuli Paste instead Of Chilli Powder and use 1/2 Tea Spoon Of Bicarbonate Of Soda/Eno to make it Fluffy...& shredded Gor and soften it in a Water and added it mixture... Delicious is All they said when Served!!!!
Tarla Dalal
01 Sep 19 10:43 AM
   Raj, thanks for the feedback and good to see you innovate. Happy cooking.
Paatra ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 23 Mar 19 12:38 AM

Paatra ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 09 Oct 16 07:41 AM

Tarla Dalal
11 Jul 18 10:35 AM
   Thanks for the feedback.
Paatra ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 23 Aug 16 10:04 PM

I have tried it.. Wd u tell me why it feels itchy in the mouth while eating. What probable reason? Is there any specific selection of colocasia leaves have to be.. What do we have to keep in mind while selecting leaves.. Please reply fast..
Tarla Dalal
24 Aug 16 12:48 PM
   Hi Hrishika, Removing the stems properly of the colocasia leaves is very important. If the stems are not removed properly, it causes itchiness in the mouth. You can also check out the patra video here: Do try this recipe and share your review with us.
Edited after original posting.
Paatra ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 03 Jul 16 07:51 PM

Mam plz tell me wot is colocassia leave?!
Tarla Dalal
04 Jul 16 11:18 AM
   Swati, Arbi leaves, Elephant ear Description Arvi leaves are green in colour, this heart shape leaf are commonly used in Indian dishes.
Paatra ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 21 Jun 16 04:37 AM

Nice recipe . but why use only black stemed leaves
Tarla Dalal
21 Jun 16 08:51 AM
   Hi Rekha, We have used colocassia leaves as they are only used for making patra. Do try it and let us know how it turned out. Happy Cooking !!