Instant Pot Collard Greens Vadi Recipe | Air Fryer Collard Greens Vadi/Rolls | Aluvadi | Collard Greens Recipe

How to Make Collard Greens Rolls/Vadi/Spirals in the Instant Pot and Air Fryer 

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         If you like Aluvadi(Colocasia Leaves Fritters), then you will love this collard greens vadi/rolls too. Add more red chili powder for a little more spice. These spicy, sweet and tangy vadis are Air fried and pan-fried with sesame seeds for a tasty snack or appetizer or side dish. Collard greens are nutritional powerhouses with very few calories. This scrumptious, low-fat, higher protein filling makes it healthy snacks or side options!

These authentic Southern Collard Greens are stuffed with perfectly spiced Indian flavors and resulting in an amazing texture! You will enjoy every bite of this collard greens vadi(spirals). We just love our greens, whether they be Fenugreek, Amaranthus, Red Spinach, or Dill.

Video Recipe:

         Looking for the Indian recipes for Collard Greens? Then this Collard Greens Vadi is for you. If you love this, also check out my Kothimbir Vadi and Aluvadi recipe! 

What is Collard Greens?

Collard greens are a type of dark leafy green vegetable related to kale, turnips, and cabbage. They have broad leaves with solid, firm veins running through them. Collard greens are the staple green vegetable of the south. They belong to the Brassica oleracea plant species like most green vegetables including cabbage, spinach, and kale. While buying collard greens make sure that the leaves are easy to pull away from the stem and tear/cut later when preparing them to cook. They are available all year round with a peak season in the winter and early spring. 

Taste of Collard Greens?

Collard greens are mild, earthy, a little bit sour, and delicious. They have a strong, vegetable flavor and a remarkably hearty texture.

How to Remove the Stems?

An easy way to remove the stems is to fold a leaf and hold it by the end of the stem with one hand and slide the hand down the stem, tearing away the leaf as you continue to cut. Or Place the leaf with the veins facing up and slice the middle vein right through the center, taking care not to break the leaf. Remove any other thick veins from the sides too. Keep all the leaves ready like this.

Are these Fritters/Rolls/Spirals No Onion-No garlic, Gluten-Free, and Vegan?

  • Yes, they are gluten-free and vegan.
  • I have used chickpeas flour and bajra flour to make them gluten-free and protein and fiber-rich.
  • Yes, it is no onion-no garlic snacks/appetizer too.

Here are some of our favorite Snacks/Appetizer:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes; Cook Time: 22 minutes.
Each Serving of Collard Greens Vadi/Rolls Contains 36 Calories.


  • Collard Green Leaves 12-14 leaves
  • Besan/Bengal Gram Flour/Chickpeas Flour 1 ½ cups
  • Bajra Flour ¼ Cup
  • Green chilies 5 strips, paste
  • Ginger paste 1 Tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder 1 Tbsp
  • Turmeric ½ Tsp
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Jaggery 1 Tsp
  • Oil 2 tbsp(for shallow fry)
  • Sesame seeds 1 tsp


To Prepare Collard Greens Leaves to Make Vadi:

  • Wash the collard green leaves and pat dry them with paper towels.
  • Remove the stems and trim the central thick vein behind the leaves, taking care that the leaves don’t rip.

To Make the Besan Batter/Stuffing:

  • In a mixing bowl add besan, bajra flour, green chili, and ginger paste, lemon juice, jaggery, salt, and water mix well to make a thick batter.

To Stuff Batter and Roll the Collard Green Vadi:

  • Grease the pan with a few drops of oil.
  • Now, spread the leaves on a plain surface with the darker side down and spread the batter on each leaf now place the next leaf on top of it (keep it in the opposite direction of the first one) and apply the layer of the batter(Watch the video to get proper procedure)
  • Continue this process with 5-6 leaves, roll the edges vertically, and spread the little batter on them.
  • Now roll them tightly and while rolling keep on applying batter on each fold(Stuff and stack 5-6 leaves on the board and roll tightly into a log).
  • Transfer the rolls into the oil greased pan.

To Steam in the Instant Pot:

  • Add 2 cups of water to the insert of the instant pot. 
  • Place the pan/steamer basket inside.
  • Close the lid and place the vent on the sealing position.
  • Select the Steam option and cook for 12 minutes.  
  • Turn the Instant Pot off and open after 5 minutes as the rolls finish cooking. 
  • Open the Instant Pot and take the steamer out and let it cool completely before slicing.
  • Once cooled down, cut each roll into ¼  inch thick slices.

To Steam on the Stovetop:

  • Add 2 cups of water to the pan and put on medium-high heat. 
  • Put the steamer rack with the rolls in them in the pot. 
  • Cook covered for 15 mins. Turn the heat off and let the rolls cool down completely. 
  • Then cut each roll into ¼ inch thick slices. 

To Air Fry Collard Greens Spirals/Rolls/Vadi:

  • Preheat the Air Fryer at 360 F for 3 minutes.
  • Grease the air fryer’s basket with the oil and place the steamed rolls.
  • Now, spray some oil and sprinkle sesame seeds.
  • Insert the Air Fryer’s basket.
  • Air Fry at 360 F for 10 minutes and flip the Vadis after 5 minutes.
  • Crispy, crunchy, and tasty Collard Greens Vadi/Alu Wadi is ready to serve. Enjoy!!!

To Shallow Fry the Collard Greens Spirals/Rolls/Vadi:

  • Heat a pan on medium-low heat and grease with 1 tablespoon oil.
  • Arrange the collard green rolls slices on the pan. 
  • Sprinkle half of the sesame seeds on top. 
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes on medium flame, spread remaining oil over them, and then carefully flip over. Remove them on a kitchen paper towel
  • Sprinkle remaining sesame seeds on top. 
  • Cook for another 3-4 minutes or until the vadis are golden brown and crispy.
  • Collard green vadi/rolls/spirals can be garnished with chopped cilantro and freshly grated coconut. Enjoy!!!

Serving Options:

  • You can serve this Collard Greens Wadi as a snack or appetizer on its own or with a chutney or dip.
  • You can serve this Collard Greens Wadi as a side dish with your meal. 
  • One of my favorite combinations is to pair Collard Green Vadi with Varan Bhaat-Tup, Chapati,  and Mango pickle. Perfect Maharashtrian comfort meal like I grew up eating.
  • These stuffed rolls can be served plain or with green chutney. 

How To Freeze Collard Greens Vadi/Aluvadi?

  • You can freeze the steamed rolls, just place the steamed and cooled rolls on the wax paper and roll them, then roll it in aluminum foil and place in the ziplock bag.
  • You can freeze the fried wadis in ziplock/freezer-safe containers.
  • If you are planning to consume them in a week, you can simply refrigerate the steamed roll and/or wadis and air fry/shallow fry just before serving.


  • The same recipe can also be made with Colocasia Leaves, Swiss Chard, large spinach leaves. So you can substitute all these leaves with Collard Greens leaves.
  • You can add garlic to enhance the taste.
  • The chickpeas flour batter should be thick and not thin, otherwise, rolls will not hold the shape.

Dietary Comment:

  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie.
  • Per serving contains 36 calories, along with 5.61 g carbohydrates, 1.8 g dietary fiber, 0.7 g fats, and 2 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 Collard Greens Vadi as an appetizer or snacks or as a side dish.

  • Hope you enjoy this Collard Greens Vadi/Alu Vadi as much as we do!!
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