Alu Vadi (patra) is a steamed vegetable leaf roll recipe with the alu or colocasia leaves rolled up one after another after getting smeared with a besan paste. These alu patras are then cut into small spices and then steamed or deep fried as desired. It is a famous delicacy from Maharashtra & Gujarat
As a kid I remember eating Aluvadi at the famous Prakash restaurant in Dadar. Their Aluvadi is hands down the best Aluvadi I have ever eaten
I have been wanting to eat homemade Aluvadi since long time but didn’t get the Colocasia leaves in any of the markets here. I asked my friend Rupali from where can I get the leaves and to my surprise she said that she grows them in her backyard. It was such a pleasant surprise
She gave it to me at one of our Crave Cook Click Meetups and I made them immediately.
Also I tried to make a healthier version of the aluvadi by shallow frying instead of deep frying.
I myself didn’t like the final product pics as the dish didn’t look that appetizing due to shallow frying
4 or 6 colocasia or alu leaves
3/4 to 1 cup besan flour
1 tbsp rice flour
1/4 cup tamarind (thick pulp)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp red chili powder
one tsp coriander-cumin powder
Salt to taste
Oil for shallow frying
Mix all the ingredients with the besan except alu leaves and oil for frying
Add required water to make a thick paste.
Take an alu leaf and spread the paste on it.
Place another alu leaf over it and spread the paste on it.
Similarly place all the leaves and then roll it into cylinder shape. Seal it from all sides and steam.
After steaming, cut the roll into small round pieces. Either deep fry them or shallow fry them and serve hot. I shallow fried them