Kothimbir Vadi is a Maharshtrian snack recipe made using coriander leaves(kothimbir) and gram flour (chickpea flour). It can be served either steamed or shallow fried or air fried with green chutney or ketchup. This savory cilantro cake is a completely vegan, gluten free and freezer friendly recipe and perfect as an appetizer, snack, breakfast or side dish.
We have been loving crispy Kothimbir Vadi lately as a quick evening snack with tea.
Ingredients: 2 cups Fresh Coriander Leaves, finely chopped (1 bunch or 80-90 grams) 1 cup Besan (gram flour) 1/2 teaspoon chopped Ginger 1/2 teaspoon chopped Garlic 1 Green Chilli, chopped 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder Salt to taste 1/4 cup Water (more or less as needed) Oil, for shallow frying
How to make kothambir vadi
Kothimbir – Cilantro or coriander leaves. Use fresh green leaves that are throughly washed and air or towel dried and chopped finely. Gram Flour – also known as besan or chickpea flour. This is a gluten free flour. I like an equal proportion (1:1) of these main ingredients but if you prefer more cilantro, double the quantity.
Kothimbir Vadi recipe is very easy and comprises of 3 main steps – making the batter, steaming the cilantro cake and frying the steamed vadis (squares). Let’s see how to make these step by step .
TO MAKE THE BATTER Kothimbir Vadi Step1 In a mixing bowl add the dry ingredients like gram flour (besan/chickpea flour), turmeric and salt. Whisk or mix well until combined. Add in the coriander leaves, oil, garlic paste and mix well.
Kothimbir Vadi Step2 Add water ¼ cup at a time to make a thick batter and stir until well combined. I’ve used about ¾ cup.
Pour the batter into the greased pan (using 6inch round baking pan) and steam using any of the 3 steaming options.
TO STEAM KOTHIMBIR VADI Kothimbir Vadi Step3 You can steam these Kothimbir vadi using any of the three options – pressure cooker, Instant Pot or in a large pot on stove top. Irrespective of the method of choice, steam these for 15-20 mins .
Once steaming is complete, remove pan and let it sit for about 5-10 mins or until you see the edges loosening up from the pan. Using a knife, loosen the sides and flip it on to a plate.
Steamed Kothimbir wadi is ready and can be served with side of chutney and ketchup!! These are delicious steamed too but if you prefer the crispy version go ahead and fry them.
TO FRY KOTHIMBIR VADI Kothimbir Vadi Step4 There are two options to fry Kothimbir Vadi, shallow frying or air frying.