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We live in a country where almost every 100 km away, you can see different cultural mores. In those varied social and cultural practices,are eating habits that are inseparable parts of the regions. Today’s post is one such masterpiece dish of Mangalorean cuisine (coastal Karnataka) “Pathrode”. Its also famous in both Maharashtrian and Gujarati cuisine as “alu vadi” and “patra” respectively. Though the basic dish is same, the major difference is masala .In pathrode usually a spicy masala with rice as base is smeared while patra n aluwadi has spicy besan as masala .Pathrode is prepared using colocasia leaves that is usually grown in backyards of most of the houses in Mangalore region.The leaves are smeared with a spicy ,tangy masala paste and stacked upon each other.They are then steam cooked.Like any other Mangalorean, Patrode is my favorite


Colacasia leaves are also known as , kesuvina ele(Kannada),arbi ke patte (hindi),taro leaves ,elephant’s ear plant.Not all verity of the leaves are good for cooking as few of them cause some itchiness inside the mouth and throat even after cooked. One has to be careful in picking the right leaves.The best leaves are the ones that have maroonish brown stem. Even the green stem ones are ok, but they require little more tamarind. Also while buying ,select the leaves that are not very mature.You can make this out by seeing the color of the leaves and the veins backside of the leaf. Leaf color should be green , little yellowish tints are ok, but fully pale yellowish green leaves indicates that the leaves are old. Also the veins would be very thick.

Amma always tell others that Pathrode is a dish that needs lot of patience and concentration to make. Why? You’l know that as you read the recipe.Yup, it is time consuming but the efforts are all worth it!!! afterall we dont make it everyday… The spicy sweet indulgence with a gamut of flavors exploding in your mouth is truly a delight to your taste buds.I serve pathrode in three ways. Today i’l share with you all two ways , the third way,pathrode usli , i have shared in a different post.Check here Here we go…..

Check Out the Video recipe here :



Smitha Kalluraya
Course Snack
Cuisine karnataka
Servings 4 serving


  • 10 - 15 Colacasia leaves

For Masala / To Grind :

  • 2 cup Rice
  • 1 tbsp Green Gram moong
  • 1 tbsp Bengal Gram Chana Dal
  • 3 tbsp Coriander /Dhania seeds
  • 1 tbsp Cummin / Jeera seeds
  • 1 cup coconut, grated
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • Lemon size Tamarind
  • 2 tbsp Jaggery
  • 8 - 10 Dry Red chillies
  • Salt, as per taste
  • Coconut Oil / Any oil


  • Wash and soak the rice and dal in water for 3-6 hours.
  • Wash the taro / colocasia leaves, remove the stem & the large veins of the leaves with the help of a knife.This will help them cook fast and make them less itchy.
  • Drain off the excess water from rice and grind all mentioned masala ingredients (except the leaves) to chutney/spread consistency.
  • Now first take the largest/biggest leaf.Keep leaf upside down and smear a layer of masala on back side of leaf (ie masala on the side where you have removed the veins )
  • Place a second leaf on top of the first leaf & smear masala.Repeat the process for 3-5 leaves.In one pathrode roll there should be min 3 leaves.
  • Now pathrode is ready for rolls. Firstly fold the sides of the leaf towards the center and then roll along length of the leaves to make a roll.After it is rolled, smear the paste on top of it .
  • Once the rolls are done,steam cook these rolls 30-35 mins. Pock a knife and see if the knife catches the batter, if it doesn't then its done. If batter sticks to the knife, then cook it for some more time.
  • Wait till the pathrode cools down a bit . Once the pathrode is cooked , you can serve them in 2 ways. Either ways it tastes just as good.
  • Type 1: Serve as it is.. Type 1: Serve as it is.. Slice rolled cooked pathrode evenly,smear it with coconut oil / butter & serve it hot. Relish them as snack or as sides with rice/dal etc.
  • Type 2: Shallow frying the sliced pathrode for a more crispy snack

Pathrode tawa fry :

  • Slice the cooked pathrode .
  • Make a very thin diluted consistency of the ground masala batter.
  • Heat the tawa.Add 1/2 tbsp of oil. ( to get authentic Mangalore taste use coconut oil)
  • Dip pathrode slices in the batter and place on the tawa. Drizzle some more oil.
  • Shallow-fry it on both the sides on medium -low flames until the sides are crisp.
  • The pathrode fry is ready to be served .Enjoy as snack.Enjoyy the tasty crisps as tea time snack / with rice /dal .For Type 3 serving ,pathrode usli, click here


  1. Under cooked colacasia leaves can cause itchiness and irritation. So make sure that you cook them well.
  2. First keep the steamer on flame and allow water to boil and then the keep the plate of rools for steaming.
  3. Do not use more than 5-6 leaves , if leaves are big then use only 3-4 leaves at a time for 1 roll .
  4. Make sure to use enough tamarind in your dish to get rid of the itchiness.These leaves absorbs salt, tamarind and red chillies more,so use more than you normally use .
  5. In case you dont get the colacassia leaves you can replace it with big spinach leaves / collard greens.
  6. While doing tawa fry, if your masala batter is over , u can do a instant 1 .Just whisk rice flour,chilli pwd,jeera pwd,dhania pwd ,tamarind n salt. Or you can coat the slices with semolina / rava .
Thanks for reading the post....plz drop your valuable comments.. it really motivates me...Also If you liked this post, I would really love it if you could share it ...Thank you !!
Love ~Smitha

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  • Reply
    Vidya Chandrahas
    November 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Wow! Mouthwatering pathrode..looks very tempting dear.

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    nandoos Kitchen
    November 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    This is very yummm.

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    Suja Md
    November 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Wow…I never made this..your looks so tempting to make to one!!

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    Manjula Bharath
    November 26, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    wow so sos delicious and perfectly made patra 🙂 very well explained dear 🙂

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      Sandhya k
      June 27, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      Tried out the receipe it came out so well everyone realised it. Thank you for sharing a wonderful dish

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    Sathya Priya
    November 26, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I tasted this patra in one gujarits house.I love the taste and sure my family loves it too.Def a try try recipe for me .Good post the way your page looks awesome now.

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    FunFoodand Frolic
    November 27, 2013 at 6:18 am

    My mom use to make it….it is quite popular in Uttaranchal

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    Maha Gadde
    November 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    new to me..sure these tastes sum thing delicious.

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    Eli Z
    November 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I love that your blog is not plain recipes, but also a bit about the background of the dish, and culinary India.I learn a lot! Than you for sharing dear Smitha 🙂

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    Meena Kumar
    November 27, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Oh the patra is making me it a lot..I sometimes buy frozen one here:(

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    Nilu A
    November 28, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Yummy and healthy.. Nice tips for buying arbi leaves… Bookmarked this Smitha 🙂

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    sangeetha pn
    November 28, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Lovely way u explained. Perfect for those who are not used to preparing these!Well made dear

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    Nivedhanams Sowmya
    December 1, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    what a beautifully written post!!! lovely pictures too!!! Thanks for sending this yummy recipe to my event.. Looking for more yummy recipes…Sowmya

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    Prerana Khanwalkar
    December 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    perfect and mouthwatering personal favorite .Link recipes to on going event at

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    Shey divine
    December 23, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    wow .. Seriously amazing .. I am actually learning lots of new dishes from you smitha.Thank you for sharing and linking it to my event

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    Poornima hegde
    August 19, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Nostalgic! I miss it so much now.. Thanks for the recipe, Pathrode looks so inviting..

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    September 23, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    In up we call it patode…but where do we get arbi patta in bangalore what is it called in kannada ?

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    September 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Sarika,Arbi patta in Kannada is known as Kesuvina ele.. U get that in market / all Mangalore stores

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    Mithun Samaga
    November 9, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Very Nice Blog..! It’s been ages that i had Pathrode. Will try once now.. 🙂

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    September 10, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you so much, we can’t buy parts in our area of France, I will make this as soon as soaking is done.

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    Sandhya k
    June 27, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Tried out the receipe it came out so well everyone realised it. Thank you for sharing a wonderful dish

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    Chandralekha Bhat
    July 14, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    I have prepared pathrode from your recipe multiple times and everytime it was yummy.. Thank you for sharing the recipe.. I increase the quantity by 1.5 times.. Yummylecious❤️

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