A rainy evening with Patra(Alu Vadi) #MyFriendAlexa

After a long wait, earth was blessed with heavenly showers. Sitting in the balcony, watching the rain falling on ground is a wonderful sight. And, this experience is enhanced by having a cup of tea and yummy snacks!

Having lived in Mumbai for few years, I enjoyed eating Patra(Alu Vadi) a lot. And, I had been craving for it since long time. With no one ready to serve it, I took it upon myself to make yummy Patra and relish it.

Patra or Alu vadi is made from colocasia leaves. Alu in Hindi means potato but in Marathi Alu means colocasia, hence it is named so. First step in making it was calling up my friend in Mumbai to ask for her mother’s authentic recipe. 😀

Ingredients:
  • Colocasia leaves – 8 or 10
  • Gram flour(Besan) – 2 cups
  • Ginger crushed
  • Green chilies crushed – 2 to 3
  • Garam masala – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Tamarind paste/ Dry Mango powder(Aamchoor) – 2 tablespoon
  • Jaggery paste – ½  small cup
  • Sesame seeds – for frying
  • Mustard seeds – for frying
  • Coriander leaves – for garnishing
Preparation steps – 
  1. Wash the leaves by rinsing them thoroughly & drying them with a cloth.
  2. After drying leaves, cut out the extra stem & thicker veins of the leaves to smoothen them.
  3. Next step is to prepare a thick paste by mixing all ingredients in a bowl including –
  • Besan
  • Crushed ginger & green chili
  • Garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, salt,turmeric
  • Tamarind & jaggery paste

    Ingredients for paste
    Ingredients for paste
  1. Start applying the paste on leaves with the front of leaf facing upwards.
  2. Continue adding leaves to the bundle with tips of alternate leaves opposite to each other.
  3. Roll the stack of leaves firmly and continue adding paste to the roll with each turn.
  4. Tie thread to the roll to keep it in place. Steam this roll in a pressure cooker/closed pan for 15 minutes. Remember to remove the whistle from cooker.
  5. After 15 minutes of steaming, let the roll cool down for few minutes. This will help in hardening of the steamed leaves & paste.
  6. Cut smaller slices of this bundle for shallow frying or deep frying. Some people might also like the steamed version of Patra.
  7. For frying, heat some oil in pan; add sesame seeds & mustard seeds. Add the cut slices into the pan & fry till it turns golden brown.
  8. Garnish it with fresh cut coriander leaves.
  9. Patra is ready to be served. Relish the sweet-tangy crunchy Patra with chili sauce or tea.

    Alu Vadi/Patra
    Alu Vadi/Patra
My workarounds in the recipe-
  1. I did not have tamarind at home, so used Mango powder (aamchoor) as a replacement.
  2. For jaggery paste I had boiled jaggery pieces in hot water for 5 minutes.
  3. I had used a rolling pin to smoothen out thicker veins of the leaves & few leaves were broken in the process. Need more practice for this!
  4. If you do not like the sesame seeds, then they can be avoided while frying.

As I was preparing it for the first time, I took more than the estimated time of 30 minutes. Hope you like the recipe as much as I liked preparing & eating it.

Do share your thoughts about it – have you ever eaten it before or like it? Have I missed any steps in the preparation? What other evening snacks are your favorites? Looking forward to your response! If you liked this post, do shower us some love by commenting, liking & sharing the post.

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Time for positivity! #MyFriendAlexa

The year 2017 has been a mixed bag for me till now. Ups & downs, highs & lows. All that you can imagine jumbled up in few months.  Only thing keeping me sane is thinking positive.  Every day has been a new learning – both personally & professionally. I guess this is part of life.

To be honest, staying positive does not come very easily.  We need to make extra efforts on some days. Even getting out of bed & going to work seems like a burden. That’s how I have felt on few days. But, at the end I know this too shall pass.  Maybe someday when I am able to disconnect from current events I will write more about it.

In the coming month I intend to write about all things happy – little bit of travel, food & life. Travelling coupled together with good food can make life impressive. Talking about food reminds me that it’s time for my Alexa ranking to lose some weight. It has gained a lot & current Global Alexa Rank is 11,589,035.

‘I am taking My Alexa rank to the next level with Blogchatter‘ . Time for happy blogging! 🙂

After all this while? -Harry Potter fever!

The 11-year old boy Harry Potter living under the staircase of his aunt’s house had gotten a surprise on his birthday. Unknown of his glorious past he had never thought his life would turn around like this. The admission letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was a blessing in disguise.

Who can forget the amazed look on Harry’s face when he reached Platform 9 3/4 for the first time? I am sure all of us had wanted to share the train ride with him. Harry Potter had made my school life interesting & all the free time was spent learning the magical spells.

Harry, Hermione & Ron had set friendship goals for us. With them I realized nothing is impossible if I have my friends with me. They taught us that with true friends you can tackle anything.  I had learnt that life is to be lived in small moments & not waiting for the bigger events.

And, how can I miss the lesson of love that Harry Potter taught me. The forever kind of Love…love between friends, love that a professor has for his students, love that Lily had for her son Harry and lastly the love Snape had for Lily.

After all this time?’ ‘Always,’

I remember reading Harry Potter even during my board exams preparation leaves. If only we had an exam on this subject! Even today, I can watch the movie or read the novel infinite times. Thanks to Blogchatter for giving me a reason to relive the Potter Mania.

Cheers to 20 more years of love, laughter and friendship! 🙂

Zeal for all things new! #AtoZChallenge

Zeal – means to have great energy for a cause. This word reminds me of the enthusiasm of a child. Kids are always open to try new things. They don’t fear things or think too much. That’s the zeal I want in my life too!

The #AtoZChallenge month has been so energetic & I wish to continue blogging with the same spirit. And, I want to have the zeal for all my travel plans. I hope all my plans are successful & add new experience.

Till then, Happy Blogging! And thanks for being part of my world 🙂

Yesterday is gone! #AtoZChallenge

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”   – Albert Einstein

Yesterday I was a day younger but today I am wiser. I was working to achieve my goal, but today I have succeeded. I had more friends yesterday, but today I have true friends. The past holds a special place in our hearts, a bond which is unshaken.

There may be a broken heart or broken dream in the past, it has no place in your present. Not all things in past are worth holding on. Let go off the past and look forward to the future. No use crying over it, let bygones be bygones.

I know it sounds easy & is tough to follow, but you have to try. Moving on will bring you more opportunities to experience joy & make memories.  Cheers to future! 🙂

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