We just love all the typical maharastrian snacks - vada pav, sabudana vada, kothimbir vadi, misal pav, thalipeeth, bhajiya etc and we often to go to Prakash, a famous Maharasthrian eatery in Dadar to indulge into all these snacks.In Mumbai I tasted two versions of Kothimbir vadi - the ones which we get in shops and restaurants are yellow in color and are usually cut into cubes or big squares and are deep fried,I feel this version uses less coriander where as the version typically prepared in Maharasthrian households is bit different - they use lots of coriander and it is mixed with besan to form a dough kind(not batter) and is made into long thick cylindrical shaped mass which is further steamed and cut into thin roundels and shallow fried. I personally like the version what we get in shops and restaurants, its crispy outside and very soft inside which makes this snack more tasty. Though the ingredients are same the taste,texture and color of both the versions are different and tastes good in its own way. Today I am posting a version which is a cross in between both the versions and it tastes good too.
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Kothimbir Vadi | Kothmir Wadi Recipe:
yields 12-16 pieces
Preparation time: 15 mins | Cooking time: 45 mins | Total time: 1 hr + cooling time
Cuisine: Maharashtra | Category: Snacks/Breakfast
1 cup Chickpea flour(Besan)
3 tbsp Rice flour
1 - 1.5 cups Coriander leaves,chopped
1/4 cup roasted and crushed Peanuts
1 tbsp Sesame seeds
2 Green Chillies
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/8 tsp Garam masala powder
1/2 tsp Cumin powder,optional
1/4 tsp Red chili powder
a pinch of Cooking Soda
1 tbsp Lemon juice
1 tsp Oil
Salt to taste
1.5-2 cups of water,approx
- Grind green chillies and chopped ginger to a paste.
- Mix all the dry ingredients like besan, rice flour, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and cooking soda in a big bowl.Add water(1.5 cups approx) to it and mix it to a nice thick batter like we do for dhokla.You can use a whisker for this purpose and also adjust water according to the required consistency.
- Add ground ginger-chili paste,cumin powder,garam masala powder,sesame seeds, crushed peanuts, chopped coriander leaves, oil and lemon juice to it and mix nicely.
- Grease big steel plates (with side walls) with oil which fits into your steamer or pressure cooker.Pour the mixture upto 3/4th height of it and steam it in steamer or in pressure cooker without whistle for 15 mins.You can alternatively microwave the mixture in a microwave safe bowl for 3-4 mins until its done.Cool them completely.
- Cut into desired shapes like squares or diamonds and shallow fry them or deep fry in oil until its golden brown in color.
- You can even skip the steaming part and keep stirring the prepared batter over low-medium flame until the mixture becomes and leaves the edges.This process easily takes 20-30 mins.Spread it on a greased plate(with wall) upto 1/2" height and let it cool completely and proceed further.
- The addition of peanuts is optional,as I said peanuts are added in the version we get in shops.But I recommend to use them in the recipe.