Palya / leaves polo is a very popular dish of GSB;s of Kerala . This can be had for breakfast or a evening snack .you can use pickles , chutneys , coconut oil as dips or even as such , Since this is made with fresh leaves , its nutritional value is unquestionable . A variety of leaves can be used for this – the most popular being drumsick ( masingha sange pallo )- , Chopped cabbage , chopped arvi leaves ( mande pann ) & a variety of greens /bhajjis like – sambhar cheera , English cheera, koduvi , methi leaves etc.
Ingredients for the basic batter /peet ;
- Raw rice – 3 cups (soaked for at least 3-4 hrs )
- Grated coconut – 1/2 of a large coconut
- Red chilies – 6-7 as per taste ( more if you like it spicy )
- Tamarind – a large gooseberry size
- Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
- Hing – 1 tsp as per taste
- Salt to taste
Grind the rice , coconut, chillies & tamarind to a paste ..(need not be fine )
Add turmeric powder , Salt & hing . Mix well .
The consistency of the batter should be like ordinary dosa batter only .
Now your batter is ready .to this you can add your favrourite greens /pallos & make dosas immediately
No need of fermentation for this batter . you can grind & use straightaway . If you want to use later , then refrigerate & take out when needed .
To Make Cabbage polos;
Chop cabbage very finely or grate
Add the cabbage to the batter. check for salt.
Mix well .Heat a tawa .&.spread a little oil – preferably coconut oil . Pour a big ladel ful of the batter & spread it out .
Pour a little oil over the dosa & cover it .
Cook on medium fire . after 2-3 minutes , flip it over
According to your needs you can roast the dosas well by keeping on slow fire for a longer time or have them soft . Make dosas in the same way with the rest of the batter
By adding finely chopped Arvi leaves ( mande pann )or even Taro leaves (tera Paan) you can have mande panna polos
|mande panna polos
If you add drumstick leaves you can have massinghe sanghe pattiya polos
|massingha sanghe patti polo
Enjoy these polos as such or with your favrouite chutneys ,Pickles , hummanns, tomato sauce or plain coconut oil !
in place of tamarind , you may also use karmbal / star fruit or bimbul /birmi karmbal also.