Patra take a long time to make from scratch.  My grandmother used to make them and I remember sitting with her and wiping the patra (colocasia) leaves to prepare for basting with the chick pea paste.

Nowadays, you can buy them ready made in tinned or frozen form at Indian supermarkets and they are very easy to prepare.  Do not be put off by the horrid appearance from the tin!

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Spicy Patra

To make the quick tinned version

You’ll need

  • 1 tin of ready made patra
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 3 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • Zest and juice of half a lemon
  • 3 tbsp freshly grated coconut or dessicated coconut if you can’t find any
  • Handful of fresh coriander – roughly chopped

To make it

  1. Take the patra out of the tin – yes it looks a little like dog food. Sorry!
  2. Roughly chop into 1cm slices and then random cuts so you have lots of small pieces about 1-2 inches thick.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok – non stick is best.
  4. When the oil is really hot,  add the mustard seeds, then the sesame seeds in quick succession, followed by the chopped patra.
  5. Stir fry the patra so they are evenly coated and lightly crisping up on the edges.
  6. Throw over the lemon zest and juice and stir in.
  7. Turn the heat off and throw over the freshly chopped coriander and coconut.

Serve hot or cold with some plain yoghurt on the side.


9 responses to “Patra

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  4. Made the patra first time ever using this recipe.
    Fantastic result.
    Thank you Gujeratigirl.

  5. This sounds much more delicious than just eating as is from the can like I had before.

  6. Thank you dear, I tried it for the first time in my life… it is delicious… I am writing this just as I wiped out clean my plate !
    I am trying to find out what properties it has, but unable to find. do you know if it is good for diabetes etc.?

    • That’s lovely to know. Thanks for taking the time to tell me.
      Regarding the diabetes I don’t know. I’m not really qualified to answer that question but I would assume it’s OK as its low in fat and sugar?

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