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Kothimbir Vadi

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Kothimbir vadi is a delicious savory crisp snack from the Maharashtrian cuisine made with gram flour (besan), coriander leaves, peanut, sesame seeds and spices. These savory, herby and flavorful bites can be pan-fried or deep-fried. They are a popular tea-time fritter snack loaded with coriander leaves (cilantro).

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What is Kothimbir Vadi

In Marathi language “kothimbir” or “kothmir” stands for coriander leaves. The word ‘vadi’ means cubes or slices or wedges. So these are basically steamed coriander and gram flour cake cubes that are fried.

To prepare kothimbir vadi is very simple. You need to first prepare a thick batter mixture from the ingredients and later steam it until firm and well cooked. This steamed cake is then cut into squares or cubes which we call as vadi and then fried.

For a low-fat version, you can consider skipping the last frying part and eat the steamed cake bites or vadis as it is. They taste delicious even when not fried.

Alternatively, you can even temper with some oil, mustard seeds, hing (asafoetida) and curry leaves and then add this tempering on the steamed vadi. Then garnish with some fresh grated coconut.

This kothimbir vadi recipe is my mom’s recipe and the one she learned from her Maharashtrian friend. The recipe gives a really tasty kothimbir vadi that I make for our evening snack.

Serve kothimbir vadi with green chutney, coconut chutney or tamarind dates chutney or mint chutney. These coriander fritters also pairs well with plain curd (yogurt) or tomato ketchup.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Kothimbir Vadi

1. Heat a tawa or pan or skillet and keep the flame to a low or medium. Add ¼ cup peanuts.

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2. Stir at intervals and roast till the peanuts become crunchy. The peanuts skin will also have some brown-black spots on them. Remove them on a plate and let them cool.

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3. Rub the peanuts in your palms. This will remove the flaky skin. Now add the peanuts in a small grinder jar or small blender.

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4. Grind to a coarse powder. Remove and keep aside.

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5. In the same small grinder, add 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon garlic and 2 green chilies (or 2 teaspoons chopped green chilies).

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6. Add 1 to 2 tablespoon water and grind to a smooth paste. Keep aside. Alternatively, you can even crush the garlic, ginger and green chilies in a mortar-pestle.

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Making kothimbir vadi batter

7. Rinse coriander leaves very well in fresh water a few times. Then drain the extra water and finely chop the coriander leaves.

You will need 2 cups of finely chopped coriander leaves. Take the coriander leaves in a mixing bowl.

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8. Add the ginger+garlic+green chilli paste that we had prepared earlier.

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9. Now add the following ground spices:

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing) – optional
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10. Next add the coarsely ground peanut powder and 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds.

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11. Add 1 cup besan (gram flour). Swap chickpea flour with gram flour if you do not have besan.

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12. Now add ½ teaspoon sugar (optional) and salt as required. You can also add 1 to 2 pinch of baking soda at this step for a more softer texture in the vadi. I am not a fan of baking soda so I don’t add it.

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13. Mix everything very well with a spoon.

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14. Now add ½ cup water in parts and begin to mix the batter.

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15. Mix well to a thick batter. Add water as required and in parts.

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Steaming kothimbir vadi

16. Grease a pan very well with some oil. Use any neutral flavored oil or peanut oil.

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17. Now add the prepared batter to the greased pan.

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18. Bring to boil 1 to 1.5 cups water in another pan. Place a small trivet inside this pan before you begin heating the water.

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19. Once the water comes to a boil, lower the heat. Holding with tongs gently and carefully place the pan with the batter on the trivet into the pan with boiling water.

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20. Cover with a lid and steam on a low to medium flame.

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21. Once done, check with a toothpick and it should come out clean. When the steamed kothimbir vadi cake is cooled, then gently remove the entire cake on a plate.

To remove the steamed cake, with a butter knife loosen the edges and invert the pan on a plate. Tap the pan and unmold the cake.

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22. Now cut in square or diamond shaped slices as you like.

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Frying kothimbir vadi

23. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a tawa or frying pan or skillet. Place the steamed kothimbir vadi slices and pan fry on medium flame. You can also deep fry if you prefer for a more crispy texture.

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24. When the base is golden, flip and fry the other side.

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25. Flip a couple of times more and fry till the sides are crisp and golden.

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26. Place the pan fried kothimbir vadi on kitchen paper towels for extra oil to be absorbed.

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27. Fry the remaining batches in the same way.

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28. Serve kothimbir vadi hot or warm with any chutney or sauce of your choice. You can serve them with saunth chutney or coconut chutney or mint chutney or coriander chutney.

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Recipe Tips

  • Use fresh coriander leaves that are tender with a fresh bright green color. Do not use wilted leaves. You can also use coriander stems if they are soft and tender. Coriander leaves are the star of this recipe. So make sure to use the variety which has a more potent flavor and a good aroma.
  • You can add less green chilies if you want. For a spicy kothimbir vadi you can either add more green chilies or increase the amount of red chili powder.
  • Kothimbir vadi can also be deep-fried instead of pan frying them. Deep frying will give a more crispy texture.
  • For a no garlic version, skip the garlic.
  • For a gluten-free version, skip adding asafoetida or use gluten-free asafoetida.
  • Recipe can be halved or doubled easily if making as a snack for small parties.


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Kothimbir vadi is a delicious savory crisp snack from the Maharashtrian cuisine made with gram flour (besan), coriander leaves, peanut, sesame seeds and spices. They are a popular tea time snack loaded with coriander leaves (cilantro).

Prep Time 20 mins

Cook Time 15 mins

Total Time 35 mins



Servings 3

Units

For roasting peanuts

For ground paste

Other ingredients

For steaming

For frying

Preparation

  • Heat a tawa or pan and keep the flame to a low or medium. Add ¼ cup peanuts.

  • Stir at intervals and roast till the peanuts become crunchy. The peanuts skin will also have some brown-black spots on them. Remove them in a plate and let them cool.

  • Rub the peanuts in your palms. This will remove the flaky skin. Now add the peanuts in a small grinder jar.

  • Grind to a coarse powder. Remove and keep aside.

  • In the same small grinder, add 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon garlic and 2 green chilies (or 2 teaspoons green chilies).

  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoon water and grind to a smooth paste. Keep aside. Alternatively you can even crush the garlic, ginger and green chilies in a mortar-pestle.

  • Rinse coriander leaves very well. Drain the extra water and finely chop them. You will need 2 cups of finely chopped coriander leaves. 

Making batter

  • Take the coriander leaves in a mixing bowl.

  • Add the ginger+garlic+green chilli paste.

  • Now add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon red chili powder, ½ teaspoon coriander powder, ½ teaspoon cumin powder and 1 pinch of hing (optional).

  • Next add the coarsely ground peanut powder and 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds.

  • Add 1 cup besan (gram flour).

  • Now add ½ teaspoon sugar (optional) and salt as required.

  • Mix everything very well.

  • Now add ½ cup water in parts and begin to mix the batter.

  • Mix well to a thick batter. Add water as required and in parts.

Steaming

  • Grease a pan with some oil.

  • Now add the batter in the pan.

  • Bring to boil 1 to 1.5 cups water in another pan.

  • Lower the flame and holding the pan (in which batter is there) with tongs keep it inside the pan with water.

  • Cover with a lid and steam on a low to medium flame.

  • Once done, check with a tooth pick and it should come out clean. When the kothimbir mixture is cooled, then gently remove the entire layer on a plate. With a butter knife loosen the edges and invert the pan on a plate. Tap the pan and unmold the layer.

  • Now cut in square or diamond shaped slices.

Pan frying kothimbir vadi

  • Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a tawa or pan. Place the steamed kothimbir vadi and pan fry on medium flame.

  • When the base is golden, flip and fry the other side.

  • Flip a couple of times more and fry till the sides are crisp and golden. You can even deep fry them if you want.

  • Place the pan fried kothimbir vadi on kitchen paper towels for extra oil to be absorbed. Fry the remaining kothmir vadi in the same way.

  • Serve hot or warm with any chutney or sauce of your choice. 

  • To make a spicy kothimbir vadi add more green chilies.
  • For a more softer texture, you can add 1 to 2 pinches of baking soda in the batter mixture.
  • Use fresh and tender coriander leaves. If the steams are tender then you can use them.
  • The recipe can be scaled to make a small or a big batch.
  • For a gluten-free version skip adding asafoetida or use gluten-free asafoetida.

Nutrition Facts

Kothimbir Vadi

Amount Per Serving

Calories 346 Calories from Fat 207

% Daily Value*

Fat 23g35%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Sodium 910mg40%

Potassium 407mg12%

Carbohydrates 24g8%

Fiber 5g21%

Sugar 5g6%

Protein 10g20%

Vitamin A 785IU16%

Vitamin C 6.8mg8%

Calcium 53mg5%

Iron 2.6mg14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Kothimbir Vadi recipe post from the archives (first published in April 2010) has been republished and updated on 18 June 2021.

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