I must say reading blogs has become much more interesting now that I write one. It is nice to have a live community to react to; it is nice to be inspired and to inspire. White on Rice Couple has a beautiful blog, and recently they were creating rolled food. It inspired me to try a recipe I had never made--pathra/ pathrado. It is a rolled, steamed leaf dish. The internet yielded a few recipes, but I checked in with a friend for to get the "right" measurements. The recipe S-- gave me is listed below.
Soak in water overnight
1/2 cup rice
1/2 cup dal
Drain the water and then use a blender to create a very thick paste of the rice, dal, with
the flesh of one coconut
5-10 chillis (dry roasted)
1 tsp asofoetida
1 tsp tamarind
2 tsp salt
(Add water slowly to keep it moist.)
Wash the leaves and remove the stalks of
25 Large flat leaves (Taro/Colacasia leaves, Swiss Chard, Collard Leaves
Spread the paste onto one leaf so that it is covered with about 1/4 of an inch of masala, cover with another leaf and repeat. Do this until you have 5 leaves on top of each other. and then roll up like a jelly roll. Tie with string.
Steam for about 20 minutes.
Slice and serve warm. Or pan fry them in olive oil and serve.