Konkani Patholi/ Arasina Yele Kadabu/ Sweet Dumpling Steamed in Turmeric Leaves Step by Step Recipe

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Patholi (in Konkani) is a traditional dessert made during festivals or special occasions. Dumpling made of rice flour is stuffed with coconut jaggery mixture and steamed in turmeric eaves. The key component while making this are the special turmeric leaves. The flavor of the turmeric leaf is infused into the patholi while it is steaming, giving the dish a flavorful aroma.  

As I understand it is referred to as Hoorulu kadabu or Arasina Yele kadabu in Kannada and Ilayada in Malayalam. This is not to be confused with the crumbled daal curry referred to as Patoli or Usli in South Indian homes.

Kadabu/patholi is considered a favorite of Lord Ganapathi and it is therefore prepared that day along with plethora of other delicious traditional items.  

This special dish was prepared when we were in India (of course). We landed on the day of Gowri/ Ganesha Pooja celebrations and got to be part of the festivities. Imagine the joy in our hearts that day! We not only got to see our parents and family, we got to be part of a festival and of course most importantly we got to eat foods that are not available here or difficult to make here.

I know this is a long recipe and the process is time consuming as well. First the coconut mixture needs to be prepared, followed by rice flour dough. This needs to be applied to turmeric leaves and then steamed. But trust me the effort is worth every bit of it. The taste and the heavenly aroma when you bite into it is totally indescribable.

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Gooseberry /Amla Chutney/ Nellikayi Chutney

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We enjoy eating gooseberries/Amla (a type of fruit) as is along with salt and chilli powder. Luckily fresh gooseberries were available when we were in India and we got to relish them. The amla fruit well known for its Ayurvedic uses contains more than 80% of water. It also has protein, carbohydrate, fiber, minerals and vitamins. 

Condensed List of Ayurvedic Health Benefits: (source)

  • Excellent source of Vitamin C
  • Enhances food absorption
  • Fortifies the liver
  • Nourishes the brain and mental functioning
  • Supports the heart
  • Strengthens the lungs
  • Helps the urinary system
  • Good for the skin
  • Promotes healthier hair
  • Acts as a body coolant
  • Flushes out toxins
  • Strengthens the eyes

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Spicy Hot Sautéed Green Chillies

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Given a chance, I am sure I would be changing the look of my blog every single month! That is how much I enjoy playing with colors, trying out new looks, experimenting new features etc. But then sanity prevails and then I resort to change only when required.

 So now here I am with a new theme for the blog that caters to features that I had in mind. Even though there are differences, the theme is not very different from the one I had earlier. I am almost done with the changes, but there might be few more in the coming days. I hope you all like the change and would appreciate your frank feedback. If you find some broken links, problems as you go along, please do let me know and I will try to fix it.

Coming back to this recipe, this was something that DH concocted before our trip to India.  That week I had to empty out the fridge and finish off what ever produce was remaining. Out came a small bagful of green chillies and I lamented to DH saying I did not know how to finish them all. DH who loves green chillies (and anything spicy hot food) could not stand the idea of tossing them out and came up with this ‘hot’ idea.

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