Patoleo; Try This Aromatic Coastal Delicacy

A very aromatic and simple Goan delicacy, this dish is intrinsically connected to the use of turmeric leaves in which they are baked or steamed leaving a distinct aromatic flavour which is in itself is a big draw to the taste buds.


  • 150g brown rice
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 20g jaggery (or to taste)
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • Pinch of rock salt
  • 8-10 turmeric leaves


  1. Soak the rice in water for an hour. Grind the rice with a little water and salt to form a paste.
  2. Mix the coconut, jaggery and cardamom powder well.
  3. On the front side of each turmeric leaf, spread a little rice paste thinly and evenly.
  4. Then place a little of the coconut mix in the centre and fold the leaf over pressing the edges firmly.
  5. Steam the patoleos. Serve with leaves on, in a dish.