Terren or Terre leaves or Colocasia leaves are found in abundance in Goa during the monsoon season. They grow in plenty in backyards or in forests. Terre or Terren is a type of colocasia leaf. Other is “Aluche pan” and both can be cooked using the same recipe. Various types of delicious dishes are cooked in Goa during this monsoon season using the seasonal produce. Just walk around the villages and you will see people selling forest mushrooms (almi), colocasia leaves (terren), bamboo shoots (killa), colocasia roots (maddi), cashewnuts (bibe), forest bittergourds (phagla), etc.
My dad is a pure vegetarian and loves the seasonal produce, especially terren, phagla and forest mushrooms. I used to never eat vegetarian food in my childhood. But when I started college, one fine day my dad told me to taste terren and phagla. Ever since then I fell in love with these veges.
During my recent trip to Goa, my mom packed some colocasia leaves and told me to cook it after going back to Bangalore. She narrated the recipe over phone. The recipe turned delicious just like how mom cooks. I clicked pictures and sent it to them on WhatsApp and over a Facebook video call I even showed the curry to mom. She gets very happy when I replicate her recipes and she feels proud that a girl who never entered kitchen is now running a food blog and is helping people to cook good food :) Ok ok.. Let’s go back to the recipe...
Since these colocasia leaves are acrid, some people might get allergic and mouth, lips and throat might start itching. So it is always advisable to cook these leaves with souring agent like tamarind or kokum. Also if you are sensitive then while peeling or cutting the leaves, apply oil to your hands and do it.
I am really lost into childhood memories when it used to rain heavily in Goa. The currents used to go off when it poured. The bettlenut trees in backyard swayed and it felt like as if they are dancing with one another. I miss being in Goa during raining season. Everywhere you will see only greenery and you will also notice these big elephant ear types’ leaves growing around :)