Patoleo (Steamed Stuffed Turmeric Leaves) Recipe

Steamed rice-stuffed turmeric leaves flavored with cardamom.

Prep Time: 30 minutes, with overnight rice soak

Serves: 5



  • Wash turmeric leaves and pat dry.
  • Heat oil, ghee, or butter in heavy-bottomed pan over low heat.
  • Add jaggery#AD, coconut#AD, cardamom#AD, and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixed well, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and let cool.
  • Spread 2 tablespoons of ground rice mixture over the inside of each turmeric leaf, leaving space around the edges.
  • Place 1 teaspoon jaggery mixture over rice mixture on each turmeric leaf.
  • Fold the edges of the turmeric leaves over, pressing together to seal.
  • Place turmeric leaves in steamer and steam for about 10 minutes.

Serve warm or cold, with leaves on, but peel them off prior to eating the stuffing.

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