Patole (Rice and coconut dumplings in turmeric leaf )

Patole is a traditional Maharashtrian dish,made especially in month of Shravan.Also made as prasad for Nag Panchami.

Its easy to make if you master the trick of making it.

Ingredients:

6 FreshTurmeric leaves.washed and destalked

4tbsp Ghee

For the outter covering:

2 cups Rice flour(flour of washed and dried rice).

2 cups grated Cucumber.

2 tbsp Ghee.

1/4 tsp Elaichi powder.

salt to taste.

Stuffing:

3 cups Grated coconut.

2 cup Grated jaggery.

salt to taste.

2 tsp Elaichi (cardamom) powder.

2 tbsp Ghee.

Method:

For the stuffing:

In a non stick pan,heat ghee,add grated coconut and roast for a minute.

Now add grated jaggery and salt,mix well till jaggery dries up.

Add cardamom powder,mix well.

Keep aside for cooling.

For the Covering:

For this recipe we have to use tavsa,a kind of cucumber available in month of Shravan.

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In a thick bottom pan mix together grated cucumber and water,add salt,ghee and cardamom powder.

Mix well and keep for boiling,cook on medium flame till cucumber is cooked.

Add rice flour.

Stir well till a dough consistency is formed.

Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Keep aside.

You will require fresh turmeric leaves.

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If turmeric leaves are not available,you can use banana leaves also,but turmeric leaves gives a nice taste to the dish.

Take a turmeric leaf and place it upside down(greener part facing the floor) do apply ghee to it.

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Make a small ball out of the dough and place on the leaf.

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Cover with a plastic sheet.

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With a rolling pin roll out till the edges of the leaf.

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Now,on one side of the leaf place the stuffing.

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Now fold the other side on top of it,press at the edges to seal.

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Make some more out of the remaining leaves,dough and stuffing.

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Once 8 to 10 Patoles are made,keep water for boiling in a steamer.

Place some turmeric or banana leaves in the top vessel of steamer and greese with  little melted ghee.

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Arrange patoleson it.

Now place this top vessel on lower vessel which contains boiling water.

Cover and steam for 10 mins.

Remove and serve hot,Drizzle some ghee before serving.

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Remove the leaf,before eating.

Happy Cooking 

Sameera

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