February 13, 2011

Aluchi Vadi/Paatra (अळूची वडी)

Aluchi Vadi also known as Paatra is a popular dish in Maharashtra & Gujarat. It is made from Colocasia leaves. Apart from making Vadi, Alu is also used in making curry (Aluchi Bhaaji). But Aluchi Vadi is my favourite one. I have myself tried it for the first time and turned out really tasty. What a tea time snack!


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6 Alu/Colocasia leaves


For coating:

1 cup Chickpea flour (Besan)

1 tsp. ginger-garlic paste

2 tbsp. tamarind pulp

1 tbsp. grated jaggery

1 tsp. cumin powder

1 tsp. garam masala

1 tsp. red chilli powder

1 pinch asafoetida

1 tsp. turmeric

1 pinch sodium bi-carbonate

1 tsp. ajwain/ova (optional)

Salt to taste

Water to requirement


For frying:

Vegetable oil for deep frying



  1. Wash the colocasia leaves and chop off the stems. The stems produce some juice which may cause throat irritation in some cases. To counter this effect, cut off the steams and coat the leaves with half of tamarind pulp and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Till then, prepare the coating. Mix all ingredients given under coating (except water). Mix well, add water bit by bit to make the coating ‘spreadable’.
  3. Take a leaf, keep it upside down. Generously apply the coating on to it. Keep another leaf over it covering it half way. Again apply the coating over it.
  4. Once both leaves are fully coated, start rolling from one end towards the other. Repeat the process for other two pair of leaves.
  5. At this step, you will have 3 rolls. Steam them in a pressure pan (without whistle) for 15 minutes. Remove from the pan and let it cool down.
  6. Cut the rolls into equal sized pieces and deep fry them oil. Serve hot with tea.


This goes to 'Flavours Of Maharashtra' event hosted by Seduceyourtastebuds.

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Priya said...

Aluchi Vadi looks marvellous and delicious..

Sanjay said...

Dear Tanu,
Chanach disate ahe aluvadi. Tondala pani sutale. pushkal lokani tuzya blockla visit dili ahe he pahun chan vatale.
Next preparation kay ahe? amhalapan karun khayala ghalshilach.
Quite proud of you Tanu .-Baba

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