Kothimbir Vadi is a maharashtrian dish served as tea time snack or even as a side dish. Kothimbir vadi is a very verastile recipe and there are many versions to this recipe. I’m posting one version of Kothimbir vadi.

RECIPE:
Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh coriander leaves washed and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4th cups besan/ gram flour ( to be added as required)
  • 2 heaped tbsp rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp to 3 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder (as per spice required)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 11/2 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4th” piece of ginger, 6 pods of garlic and 1 green chilli crushed in a mortar and pestle ( saute the crushed ginger garlic, green chilly paste in 1 tsp oil till its raw flavour is gone.)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp hot oil
  • Water as required
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

  • Combine coriander leaves, turmeric , red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, sesame seeds, ginger garlic, green chillt paste,salt and mix well.
  • Add besan,rice flour and water as required and mix well to get a smooth and THICK batter. Then add 1 tbsp hot oil and mix well. Pour this batter into a tray greased with oil. The thickness of the poured batter should be say around 1/2″ not more.
  • Pour the excess batter in another greased tray. Steam the batter in a pressure cooker without whistle or steamer on high flame for about 15 to 18 miinutes. Check by inserting a knife into the steamed vadi and if it comes out clean, its cooked.
  • Remove from cooker/ steamer and let it cool.
  • Cut into squares or diamond shape and when you are ready to serve , shallow fry OR deep fry on medium flame till golden brown and crisp.
  • Serve hot with mint chutney or coconut chutney.

Variation to the recipe :

On no onion no garlic days skip adding garlic. Add ginger green chilli paste instead of ginger garlic paste. 

NOTE:

  • Adding rice flour and hot hot oil  to the gram flour makes the vadis crispier.
  • Use fresh coriander leaves to get the perfect flavour.
  • Deep fried vadis turn out to be more delicious.
  • If you want it tangy, you can add 1 tsp of tamarind pulp to the gram flour mix.

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