Having grown up in Mumbai, I have feasted on a wide variety of delicacies that Maharashtrian cuisine has to offer. Some of my favourite dishes were and still are Misal Pav, Sabudana Kichadi, Alu Vadi, Kothimbir Vadi, Solkadi, Kombdi Vada, Thalipeeth, Zunka...got to stop now, the list is endless.
One of my moms friends would often make kothimbir vadi and she always sent some for me. This awesome snack goes to MBP-Snacks and Savouries event hosted by Ashwini. The event was started by Coffee of Spice Cafe.
I was patrolling the blogs looking for a recipe for this event when I came across this recipe at Nupur's One Hot Stove. The Vadis looked so delicious I just had to make them. I mostly followed her recipe and it was perfect . I even had a couple of pieces before frying them. The Vadis had a wonderful flavour, simply irresistible.
1 big bunch of cilantro, washed and finely chopped
1 cup chickpea flour/ besan
1/4 cup rice flour
4-5 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds
a pinch of asafoetida/ hing
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
salt to taste
oil for shallow frying
Grease a flat bottom vessel with oil.
Mix all the ingredients except oil with enough water to make a thick batter. Ensure that there are no lumps.
Pour into the prepared vessel. Steam cook for 30 minutes. A skewer inserted in the middle should come out clean.
Cool, unmould and cut into pieces.
Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the vadis on medium heat till crisp and brown.
Serve hot with a spicy sauce.