Kothimbir Vadi is a famous maharashtrian snack you will fall in love with, once tried. Kothimbir in marathi means coriander and vadi means fritters, Kothimbir Vadi are coriander fritters made with fresh coriander leaves and gramflour / chickpea flour. A great appetizer, also good for travel munchings. Since its steamed, and shallow fried, its low on the guilt index as well.
If you have had friends from maharashtra and gujrat, you would know that these two states are very rich in their snacks / farsans, from bada pav, kanda bhajiya, kothimbir vadi, usal, misal, to khaman, khandvi patra from gujrat. If you are a regular reader here, you would know iam on a tryst to discover #30healthysnacks for my family, and in turn hope to share the same with you.
Kothimbir vadi is generally steamed, but like any other steamed recipe, this can be done in the microwave too. Sharing here, a quick microwave, shallow fried recipe. It is simple, but has many dimensions to it, sue to the added ginger garlic, crushed peanuts and sesame seeds.
- 1 cup coriander leaves, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups gramflour / besan / chickpea, sifted
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 3/4 tsp red chilli powder
- 2 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 tsp poppy seeds
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 3 tbsp crushed peanuts
- a pinch of asafoetida / heeng
- salt to taste
- 1 tbps oil
- oil for shallow frying.
- Take a medium sized bowl, and mix all the dry ingredients well, until combined evenly.
- Now add the water, oil and ginger garlic paste, and mix well with your hand, to ensure the batter is a smooth paste, neither too thick not too thin.
- Now take a microwave safe bowl, oil it, and pour this batter into it, and microwave for 3-4 minutes.
- If you test with a tooth pick after 3 minutes, it will come out clean.
- Allow this to cool down for 10 minutes, invert on a clean surface, the steamed cake will come out clean. Slice into diamonds or squares, the pattern you like.
- Heat a flat bottomed non stick pan, add 2 tbsp oil to it, and heat on medium high heat.
- Add 1 tsp of sesame seeds, and pour the cubes into it gently. Shallow fry it for 2-3 minutes on each side, or till it browns on the corners.
- Serve it hot with green chutney, or ketchup or both.
The flavor comes from the coriander leaves, get yourself good quality kothimbir / coriander leaves, and enjoy the flavors.
- Keep some toasted crushed peanuts at home, for quick preperations.