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Aug 26, 2007

Patra Bhajia (Chepankizhangu elai in tamil)

Fried patra in oil with spices
patra Bhaji
Patra
Patra leaves are good for health
Patra Plant
Patra Bhajia(Arabi leaves) Chepankizhangu elai in tamil

Ingredients

  • Patra Leaves…............ 9
  • Tamarind Water….......1/2 cup
  • Besan(
  • Gram flour)…….........1 cup
  • Chilli Powder……......1 tsp
  • Dhania Powder….......1/2 tsp
  • Jeera Powder……......1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder…....1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida……......... a pinch
  • Cumin Seeds…...........1/2 tsp
  • Sesame Seeds…......   1tsp
  • Salt to taste
Method
  • Wash, clean and wipe the leaves nicely. 
  • Mix all the ingredients and make a thick paste.
  • Place a leaf back side up and spread thinly all over the leaf.
  • Place another leaf over it and again take a little paste and apply on this leaf.
  • Repeat this with 3/4 layers.Fold the leaves with tip apply some batter here and fold the sides,seal the sides with the batter.
  • Steam this roll in a cooker for about 30 minutes till it is cooked. 
  • Remove, cool them and cut into 2” round slices. (can keep these rolls in the freezer)
  • Heat oil and( shallow) fry them till it becomes crisp. 
  • Serve them with chutney.It is very tasty. 
  • Frozen patra are available in desi stores. Cut the patras into small pieces
  • Heat a pan with oil add mustard and jeera. 
  • When it splutters add the patra pieces. Sprinkle some white sesame seeds, coriander leaves.Serve hot with chapathi/puris.

Aug 18, 2007

Netrankai Upperi and Chakka Upperi(Jackfruit chips)

Banana Chips, Upperi (Kai varuthathu in Malayalam)

Netrankai Upperi with platain chips
Upperi(Plantain Chips)
Plantain pieces















Banana chips (Upperi)
Banana chips usually made in Kerala known as upperi,fried in coconut oil.Buy netrankai, remove the skin and slice into round pieces and deep fry them with salt..
  • Raw plantain.......4(nentrakkai)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to fry.
Method
  • Remove the skin of the plantain and cut into round shape.
  • Slice them into thin pieces. Heat the oil and when it is hot put the cut sliced bananas into the oil. 
  • Stir them .When the noise of the oil is less sprinkle salt water(keep some salt and put water and use) 
  • When the chips are cooked remove from the oil and keep them in paper towel (to remove the excess oil)
  • Eat the chips with coffee/tea.