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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Kothambir Vadi Recipe / Maharashtrian Coriander Fritters

Kothambir Vadi is a popular and classic Maharashtrian snacks . It is basically crispy coriander fritter made from fresh coriander leaves, chickpea flour and spices. The batter so made is first steamed and then cut into pieces and either deep or shallow fried as per choice. Kothambir means coriander in Marathi and vadi means fritter or cutlets hence the name of the dish. 

Kothambir Vadi is served as a side dish during meals , it is also a perfect tea time snacks. This is my Mum's onion garlic free recipe, crispy from outside and delicious and soft from inside. Can be served with Dates and Tamarind Chutney or sauce of your choice. The steamed pieces of Kothambir vadi can be made ahead of time and kept in the zip lock bags in the deep freezer and then deep or shallow fried as per need. 

Belonging to a typical Maharashtrian family, i make Kothambir Vadi quite often specially during winters when Coriaander is in abundance in markets. Though there is no specific time or season to relish on this fritters, yet they are my family favourite during monsoons with a cup of hot tea. ! Apart from Kothambir vadi and Coriander Chutney, i often make the flavorful Coriander Rice .

  • 1 cup Chickpea flour / Besan
  • 2 cups finely chopped fresh Coriander leaves / Dhania
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1/2 inch ginger piece/ Adrak
  • 2 tbsp toasted white Sesame seeds / Til
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Red chilly powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Coriander Powder 
  • 1/2 tsp Carom seeds / Ajwain
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida / Hing
  • Salt to taste
  1.  In a mixing bowl sift the chickpea flour. Grind the green chilies and ginger together and add it to the flour. Add the rest of the spices listed under the ingredient list along with toasted Sesame seeds, soda and salt. Add 2 tbsp oil and mix the flour and spices very well.

  2. Clean, wash and finely chop the coriander leaves and tender stems and add to the flour and spice mix. Add water as required to make a smooth thick batter. Slightly thicker than the batter we make for pakodas. Do a taste test at this stage and adjust the spice level and salt if required.

  3. Grease the plate or container to be kept in a steamer or cooker. Pour the batter in it and steam it for 10-15 minutes in a cooker. You can also steam this batter in a microwave .( cook for 5-7 minutes on high or until a skewer or toothpick comes out clean.

  4. Let the vadis cool down . Now cut them into desired shapes and either deep fry or shallow fry.

  5. I have shallow fried the Kothambir vadi using remaining 1 tbsp oil on a non stick skillet. Keep the flame low to medium and shallow fry the kothambir vadis until golden brown and crisp from both sides.

  6. Serve The Kothambir Vadi hot with Dates and Tamarind Chutney or sauce  and enjoy this delicious tea time snacks with your loved ones !!

  I hope you would like to try out this dish for yourself. Do not forget to give your valuable feed back. 

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