Lettuce Patra

I love lettuce as you can use it as a wrap for many salads and dishes. So while I was on the go to make some patras, I thought why not use Lettuce. So here’s a twisted recipe of regular Gujarati Patras.




Ingredients:
  • Lettuce Leaves – 4
  • Chopped Musk Melon – 7-8 pieces
  • Coconut water – ¼ cup and extra if needed
  • Gram Flour/Besan – ½ cup
  • Red Chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Chaat Masala – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Chia seeds – a pinch
  • Fennel Seeds – 1 tsp and a pinch for garnishing
  • Mustard Seeds – a pinch
  • Water – for boiling
  • Oil – ½ tsp

Method:
  • With soft hands, peel the lettuce leaves, wash, and keep them aside to dry.
  • Grind melon pieces and coconut water together into smooth paste.
  • Using a mortar and pestle, grind chia seeds and fennel seeds. (they should be coarse)
  • In a bowl, mix besan, chili powder, salt, coriander powder, chaat masal, turmeric powder, chia and fennel seeds. Add the melon and coconut water into it – to make a smooth waste. If required more water, use coconut water.

  • Take a lettuce leaf, spread besan mixture, top it with another lettuce leaf, and put besan mixture again. Repeat for next leaves.
  • Now, start folding them with lightly but firmly. 
  • Steam them in double boiler for 15 – 20 minutes or till knife comes out clean.
  • Bring to room temperature and cut medium size pieces.
  • In a pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds, chia seeds & fennel seeds, and let it crackle. Add cut lettuce pieces.
  • Garnish with fennel seeds and serve it with sauce or chutney!



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