Aluchi Vadi / Colocasia Fritters In Instant Pot: Healthy afternoon Snacks for the office

Hello Foodies,
          This Colocasia Fritters or Aluchi Wadi is the perfect addition to morning or evening tea/coffee. I love them at any meal of the day. This Colocasia fritters/ Aluchi Wadi aren’t just packed with green Alu/Patra/Colocasia leaves; they’re also enhanced with some Indian herbs and spices. Aromatics like garlic, chilies, and Indian spices also help keep things exciting. Then there’s the brilliant method of pan-frying them(using less oil), and making them nice and crispy(also you can bake them too). 

This easiest method I am sharing here is what I learned from my Aai(My Mother). This method is versatile, and anyone can make this. For the perfect accompaniment to comfort food, look no further than a plate full of Alu Vadi / Fritters at the table. This dish can be served as a side to a great roast or barbecue, or also as an easy main dish item. 

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        Traditionally(Aluchi Vadi) it is made from colocasia leaves (Alu, taro, or arbi) stuffed with chickpeas flour and some Indian herbs and spices, and lemon juice/tamarind. After stuffing, they used to roll them firmly and steam these rolls. This is a tricky method, and because of this, I always end up making colocasia leaves curry. But one day I was talking(on the phone)with my Aai, and she asked me what are you preparing for lunch? And I replied, making Aluchi Bhaji(Colocasia /Taro curry). Then she asked why don't you prepare fritters from the Alu(as we (McDreamy and me)love, love them) and my reply was Aai it's tricky to prepare these fritters and needs lots of time to stuff them and correctly roll them. Then she gave me this idea to make Alu Vadi, and since then I stopped making curry out of it and preparing Alu Vadi this way, easy and time-saving method. So try this easy-peasy instant snack this way and enjoy with your loved once!

Why I shallow fried this Aluchi Wadi/Fritters?
  • Shallow frying the fritters get that extra crispy exterior.
  • They are shallow fried(using a couple tbsp of oil)instead of deep-frying.
  • Use vegetable oil or Olive oil either will work well.

Are these Fritters Gluten-Free and Vegan?
  • Yes, they are gluten-free and vegan.
  • I have used chickpeas flour to make them gluten-free and protein and fiber-rich.
  • Use of chickpeas flour will also give the fritters a staying-power boost.

Consistency of the batter/dough?
  • Check to see if you can form a patty in your hands and it holds together. If not, add a little more chickpeas flour to the mixture and form a patty.
So, guys, these fritters are super easy to make, nutritious, low in calories and the best part is, you can serve them as a snack, an appetizer, or even a light lunch or dinner!

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes; Cooking Time: 20 Minutes.
Per Serving of Alu Vadi Contains 54 Calories.

  • Alu leaves / Colocasia leaves 7 to 8 
  • Chickpeas Flour / Besan / Bengal Gram flour 1 ½ cup
  • Green chilies 10 strips, paste
  • Garlic 9 cloves, paste
  • Sesame Seeds 1 Tbsp
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice 2 Tbsp
  • Veg. Oil 2 tbsp
  • Water as needed
  • Wash Alu leaves / Patra leaves / Colocasia leaves and wipe them with the kitchen napkin.
  • Chop Alu leaves into small pieces.
  • In a mixing bowl add chopped Alu leaves, chickpeas flour, turmeric, garam masala, green chilies and garlic paste, salt, and lemon juice, and mix well.
  • Now, add a little water and mix well to make a dough.
  • Apply some oil and roll dough to form a patty.
  • Place the rolled patty into the oil greased pan.
To Steam Alu Vadi / Alu Wadi into the Instant Pot:
  • Add 2 cups of water into the insert of the instant pot.
  • Place the pan with the trivet and close the lid and place the vent on sealing position.
  • Cook on steam mode for 15 minutes.
  • NPR for 5 minutes and then release the remaining pressure manually.
  • Let the steamed dough cool completely and then cut them into cubes or diamond shapes.
To Fry Alu Vadi/Wadi:
  • Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a pan and add steamed patty pieces.
  • Cook on medium to low flame for 4-5 minutes from both sides until it becomes golden brown color.
  • Remove the fritters to a kitchen towel-lined plate. 
  • Transfer the fritters to a plate and serve warm, at room temperature, or cold with a dipping sauce of your choice, if using.
  • Here, scrumptious and tasty Alu Vadi is ready to serve. Enjoy!!!

How to store the fritters and shelf life of them?
  • Alu Vadi will last in the fridge for about one week. They also freeze(steamed patty) well up to 1 month. 
  • To reheat frozen fritters, place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and heat in a 400°F oven until warmed through and crisp again, 10 to 15 minutes.
Dietary Comment:
  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 54 calories, along with 6 g carbohydrates, 2.37 g fats, and 2.1 g protein.
  • Portion size can always be increased or decreased depending on your health goals and activity level. 

Good Time To Eat:
            It is good to eat aluchi vadi for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or evening snacks.
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