Patra | gujarati patra recipe

Patra is a traditional Gujarati snack (or as we say farsaan) made from arbi/colocasia leaves. This snack has all the flavours in it – sweet, spicy, tangy. The procedure seems to be a bit lengthy, but it is very interesting and fun to make this delicious snack. You just have to follow the steps and you will be amazed to see them transform into a yummy snack.


The process can be divided into 4 steps :

  • preparing arbi leaves
  • preparing besan batter         
  • applying batter on leaves and roll them up + steaming
  • tempering

You can serve this delicious snack with green chutney or imli chutney.

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Patra | gujarati patra recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Serving Size: 3-4

Patra | gujarati patra recipe

Ingredients (1 Cup = 200 ml)

    For the Besan Mixture
  • 2 cup besan/chickpea flour
  • 2 tablespoon rice flour
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder/haldi
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder/dhania powder
  • 1 teaspoon jeera/cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida/hing
  • 2 teaspoon garam masla powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoon grated jaggery/gur
  • 2 tabelspoon tamarind (imli) pulp
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon eno
  • 2/3 cup water or as required
  • Tempering and other ingredients
  • 15 medium sized colocasia leaves/arbi leaves
  • 3-4 tablespoon oil
  • 1 broken dry red chili, deseeded
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds/rai
  • 1-2 green chillies
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida/hing
  • For the Garnish
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds/til
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped coriander leaves/dhaniya

Lets Begin...

    For The Besan Mixture
  1. In a wide bowl, combine besan, rice flour, oil, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin seeds powder, coriander seeds powder, garam masala powder, hing, tamarind pulp, jaggery and salt. Add water gradually and make a thick batter.
  2. Just before applying the batter on the leaves, add eno and lemon juice to the batter. Mix well. You will notice bubbles forming.
  3. Making Patra
  4. Add water in the steamer and pre-heat the steamer.
  5. Soak leaves in water for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Dry them properly using a kitchen towel.
  7. Place the leaf on a clean dry surface and remove the vein from the middle of the back of the leaf using a sharp knife. Do this for all the leaves.
  8. Apply lime juice by just rubbing the lemon over back-side of the leaves. This reduces the bitterness of the leaves.
  9. Apply a thin coat of the prepared mixture evenly on the back of the leaf as shown in the video.
  10. Now put another leaf over it upside down.
  11. Spread the batter over the second leaf also. Put the third leaf over it inverted and apply batter over it.
  12. Fold from both the sides and apply a small quantity of besan mixture on the folded sides.
  13. Roll it tightly. We have made 5 rolls from total 15 leaves. That means 3 leaves for each roll.
  14. Arrange these rolls on a greased steamer plate and steam for 20 to 25 minutes.
  15. Turn off the heat, remove the rolls from steamer and let them come to room temperature.
  16. Once it cools down, cut them into slices of medium-thickness.
  17. For the Tempering
  18. Heat oil in a non-stick pan/kadhai and add dry red chilli and mustard seeds. When the seeds crackle, add slit green chillies and hing.
  19. Now add patra pieces. Mix well and sauté on a medium flame for 4-5 minutes or till they turn light brown in colour.
  20. Garnish them with sesame seeds and finely chopped coriander leaves.
  21. Serve patra with green chutney or imli chutney.

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