Quick snack to impress the unexpected guest….

As I’ve learnt more about food I’ve generally avoided anything that is ready made and processed. This however, is quite a find and definitely worth having in your pantry. My mum makes them from scratch, something I will eventually do but it’s quite cumbersome so will have to wait until I am a little more settled. In the mean time I say,  ‘go with the tin’.

‘Patra’ are a vegetarian snack very popular in the Gujarat region of India. They are made up of Colocasia leaves which are rolled up with gram flour and spices. The method of making them from scratch involves preparing the leaves, making the paste, rolling them, steam cooking and then pan frying.

The tinned version can be found in all good Indian shops.

Ingredients

  • 1 x tin  Patra
  • 2 tbsp oil (sunflower or canola)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan on medium heat, so it is hot but not too hot that the patra burn when they are placed in
  2. While the oil is heating remove the Patra from the tin and slice into about 1-1.5 cm thick circles
  3. Once oil is hot add the sesame seeds and sliced patra
  4. Cook the patra for about 2-3 minutes on each side so that they are nice and golden in colour
  5. Place them on a plate (including the crunchy bits) and serve while they are still hot

I promise you they won’t last long. I cooked these up on our weekend away when the Brain family popped round to our cabin for a quick visit and then again for Scott and I when we were packing and didn’t have time for dinner.

Tin of Patra

Sliced Patra

Cooking

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2 Responses to “Quick snack to impress the unexpected guest….”

  1. Is this spicy? Salty? Good only when hot or OK when cold? Can’t imagine what it is going to taste like!

    • Yes they do have spices in so have a moderate amount of heat and packed with flavour. The leaves are spread with a paste made or gram flour and spices (chilli, turmeric, cumin powder etc).
      They can be eaten hot or cold (room temperature).

      As for taste …I think it’s some of the best Indian flavours wrapped in leaves!

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