Monday, August 15, 2011

Haldi panna Pathali

If you are wondering about the strange name,let me assure it is nothing but an Ela ada steamed in Haldi paan aka turmeric leaf,and if you are wondering why am I posting a recipe which is already there in my blog,well this one is similar yet different from that one.

We made a very short trip to Bangalore this weekend and ma-in-law tried to stuff in as many goodies as possible in those three days.It also helped that we had Suthan Punnav[Upakarma],Raksha Bandhan and Choodi Pooja in between so it just made a good excuse for us to gorge on the goodies.

Haldi panna Pathali is a delicacy only if you love the flavor of turmeric.Though it is very faint,it is quite an acquired taste and I love it.

*Choodi Puja is a puja done by ladies in the month of Shravan.You can read more about it here.

Haldi panna Pathali 


Haldi paan/Turmeric leaves - a few or as required
Rice flour - 3/4 cup
Maida - 1/4 cup
Salt a pinch
Water - as required to make the batter

For the filling

Grated coconut - 1 cup
Grated jaggery - 1 cup
Cardamom -seeds of 2-3,crushed
Ghee - 1 tsp


Mix together rice flour,maida and salt and slowly add wtare without forming lumps till the batter is of thick dropping consistency.[If it becomes thin,add more flour]

Make the fillingMelt the jaggery in a saucepan over medium heat.Add the grated coconut and keep stirring till everything comes together.Add a tsp of ghee and powdered cardamom and keep aside till it cools down.

Making the pathali Picnik collage
Wash the leaves and wipe them dry with a kitchen towel.Pour one small ladleful of batter on the leaves and tilt slightly so that the batter spreads into a thin round shape.

Place a tbsp of filling in the middle and seal the leaf by closing it.Picnik collage
Steam in an idli cooker or steamer or pedavan for about 15-20 minutes by which time the leaves would have become a pale green and the aroma of haldi paan and the choorna fills the entire house.

To serve - Ideally,Pathali is served warm with a blob of ghee smeared on it though it tastes as good without it too.But it is a festive occasion,so you are pardoned the calories:)


  1. Sounds interesting and tempting.. thanks for the delicious recipe dear.. Yummy :)
    Indian Cuisine

  2. Such a nice post! Looks like a lot of effort,but sure looks so yummy!

  3. Wow looks fabulous..using turmeric leaves would have given a distinct flavour na..

  4. I miss Patolis... :) I don't do the Choodis, but do celebrate Gouri Pooja. :)

  5. that sounds interesting ....thanks for sharing this...

  6. its seems very different and interesting...

  7. Are you from Chennai?
    could you post where you buy all the ingredients for baking. seems hard to find it.

  8. This looks so delicious and interesting recipe too...

  9. delicious sweet Divya we make a little different with the same ingredients looks wonderful

  10. I could kill for these :(.. have been trying to grow the turmeric leaves here in the US.. let's see if it sprouts.

  11. Wow amazing recipe,luks so gud...Thanks for sharing.

  12. Totally new to me..but sounds flavourful with turmeric

  13. This is a smaller version of ela ada.. :) My favorite. Nice post.

  14. this is my moms fav.. i love this too :D Miss her yummy prep so much.. yOURS Looks fab :D Yumm

  15. it is similar dish like kolkotte..nice recipe

  16. That is such a great authentic recipe. I would so love to eat it :)

  17. Looks yummy. Our method has soaked rice and grated coconut instead of rice flour and maida for the outer cover. Must try your method sometime.

  18. This looked so exotic and I've never cooked with any of these ingredients, so I had to share in my Friday Food Fetish blog:

    I hope you don't mind, but please let me know if you do.


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