Taro Leaves

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The best way to inspire someone to step out of their comfort zone and cook some unfamiliar vegetable, is to get them to taste a dish made from it. Right?

Head over to your nearest Indian Grocer and go to the freezer section. Look for ‘Patra’ and this particular one happens to be my favorite one. (I’ve no affiliation with them, NO money involved for me to reveal here. It’s just my preferred brand, that’s all)


It’s visually attractive, tasty, a little on the spicy/savory side. It has wowed my guests time and again!

While Patra is a yummy but elaborate recipe, here is one that comes together in under ten minutes.

Taro leaves Savory Spread:


Taro leaves – 4 small – medium sized, chopped fine

Onion – 1 small, chopped

Oil – 1/8 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp

Tamarind paste – 3 tsp

Green Chili -1-2, Thai or Serrano variety depending on your heat preference

Put a pan on medium heat and put the oil in when the pan is ready. gently add the cumin and fenugreek seeds and wait until they release their aromas. At this point have your onions ready to go and throw them in as well. When the onions have browned a little bit add a cup of water and put the chopped greens into the mix. Give it a thorough mix and cover with a lid.

In about 3-4 minutes, greens would have cooked to a soft consistency. Turn off the heat and transfer into a blender and allow it to cool. When it feels safe to run the blender, add the chili, salt to taste and the tamarind paste. Blend to a smooth paste. Taste it and adjust the salt. Put it back in the pan and turn the heat on for just a minute and stir till the flavors meld. Sometimes when I feel indulgent, I add 1/2 tsp of some nut butter at this point.

This spread works fabulously on your Breads, as a side with Rice or Quinoa and sometimes I even stir a spoon of this in my lentil soups. The spread will keep in the refrigerator for five days.

Please note, the recipe is not meant to be a formula to cling to. I’d like you to play around with it add and subtract ingredients to your liking. Whatever you do, remember to cook it thoroughly.

I’d love to hear from you, about what Taro leaves recipe YOU tried in your kitchen. Please let me know in the comments section below.

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