Shiuli pata or prajakta leaves fry
Ingredients for Shiuli pata bhaja recipe
- Shiuli pata (শিউলি পাতা) whole about 2 to 3 per head
For the binder:
- Rice flour, 2 tbsp
- Flour, 1 tbsp
- Salt, 1 tsp
- Sugar to balance the taste, 1/4 tsp
- Mustard oil, 1 tbsp
- Take some green clean leaves. Wash the leaves gently and drain thoroughly.
- Mix the binder with just enough water.
- Put the whole leaf in to the binder mix and make a fold.
- Put a flat tawa or nonstick fry pan on medium heat for shallow fry.
- Wet your fingers with water. Take leaves one by one with very little binder. It will just be enough to stick to the leaves.
- Now shallow fry with 1 tbsp oil in the batches.
- Do not turn the leaf until it is done on one side, it can easily be moved with simple turn. Let it be fried for a few minutes on the other side.
- The leaves and the binder will become crunchy, slight black and green in color.
- Repeat the process from step 5 to 8 until done completely
- Serve with white steamed rice before beginning the meal.
- It is one of the traditionally preferred recipe or home remedies for childhood pinworm and loss of appetite after chronic fever.
- When I was in my senior school, during those recitation days after hard practice of voice lessons for speech and tune-up my elocution the must thing to do was to take shiuli leaf juice and honey-lemon tea to make my voice crystal clear.
Vernacular names of Shiuli:
- Sanskrit - Parijatha or Nishipushpika
- Bengali- Shephalika, Siuli (Official State flower of West Bengal)
- Oriya – Gangasiuli
- Manipuri – Singgarei
- Assamese – Hkhewali
- Hindi – Harsingar
- Malayalam – Parijatakam
- Marathi – Parijathak
- Gujarati – Jayaparvati
- Kannada – Parijatha
- Tamil - Parijata, Paghala
- The Parijata is regarded in Hindu mythology as one of the five wish-granting trees of Devaloka.
- The flowers are gathered for religious offerings and to make garlands.
- The orange pod is used for dyeing silk and cotton, a practice that started with Buddhist monks whose orange robes were given their colour by this flower.
- The flower open at sunset and before morning strew the ground thickly making like a flower bed. Native women and children collect them in the early morning, separate the orange coloured pods from the white petals, dry them in the sun and preserve them for dyeing their clothes a beautiful orange colour. Traditionally the sari of the Saraswati idol is white or yellow dyed in the natural dye made from "Shiuli" flowers.
- My mother often used to store dried flower pods to use for a substitution of artificial kesar color for polao recipe. It is a healthy substitute of artificial yellow food color.