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This is is one of the most iconic and utterly delicious snack foods from the state of Gujarat. Best with chai or lassi in the afternoon or as a light lunch with a salad.
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Cook Time

45 Minutes



Step 1
Remove and discard the inner center stem from the colcasia leaves.
Step 2
In a large bowl, mix the chickpea flour, ginger purée, turmeric, ajwain, fenugreek leaves, sugar, chili powder, salt, sesame seeds and sesame oil. The mixture will be crumbly. Add the warm water and baking soda and mix just until the paste is smooth. It should be thick enough to spread onto the leaves but not crumbly, dry, or too watery.
Step 3
Lay two of the largest leaves flat onto a clean surface making sure there are no gaps between them. Spread with the chickpea paste, lay 2 to 3 smaller leaves on top and repeat. Tuck the edges in and roll the leaves up into a cylindrical parcel. Repeat the process with the remaining leaves.
Step 4
Lay the patra parcels onto a steam basket and steam them for 15 minutes on low heat. Remove from steam and let them rest until they are no longer hot to the touch. At this point, the patra can be refrigerated and/or frozen.
Step 5
When ready to serve, slice the patra into 1/2-inch slices. In a large frying pan, heat up the sesame oil, add a pinch of asafoetida, kari leaves, and mustard seeds. Add the sliced patra and sear on both sides for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are slightly golden in color. Serve with a sprinkling of chopped cilantro and fresh lime or lemon wedges to squeeze on top.

8 to 10 colcasia leaves (aka elephant ears)


3 cups chickpea flour

3 tablespoons ginger purée 

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon ajwain seeds

2 teaspoon crumbled fenugreek leaves

1 tablespoon cane sugar

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

4 tablespoons sesame oil

3/4 to 1 cup warm water

Pinch of baking soda


2 to 3 tablespoons sesame oil

Pinch of asafoetida

Few chopped kari leaves

1 teaspoon black mustard seeds

Cilantro and lemon wedges for garnish

Notes & Variations

  • Use collards or kale if you cannot find colcasia.
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Whether you're in the mood for chai or lassi, either one will go well with this patra!

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