Kotambir Vadi is delicious protein packed snack from Maharashtrian Cuisine . It’s crisp on the outside and soft inside , a perfect anytime snack .
Having a close Maharashtrian friend , I truly feel blessed . She is an excellent cook and while we were neighbors I enjoyed this cuisine very often . The Koshambirs , the Stuffed Potatoes , Missal Pav are just a few on my mind right now . It’s sad that we both live in different areas and are not able to enjoy those delicious meals anymore . But yes the Kotambir Vadi that she made was awesome . I had learnt from her , but obviously her version was totally out of the world .
Kotambir Vadi is the Maharashtrian name for this snack . It’s made of chickpea flour and lots of Kotambir – which is Kotmeer or coriander leaves . After steaming the snack , you have to allow it to cool down a little so you can cut it into pieces . Next step is to deep fry these Squares , or you could even shallow fry them . Well I didn’t do either ! I served these right away .
I have made these vadis before too , but every time I make these I follow a different recipe . This time I have added some peanuts which really enhance the taste . We have a Maharashtrian restaurant here that we visit regularly and their vadi is absolutely awesome , wish they would add more Kotambir to it .
Anyway let’s check the recipe –
2 cups coriander leaves
1 cup besan
1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 green chili , finely chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp peanuts , coarsely ground
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
1/4 cup water
Wash and chop the coriander leaves finely .
Add besan and mix well .
Add turmeric powder , chilly powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, chopped green chilly, ginger w paste, sesame seeds, peanuts, lemon juice and salt .
Mix very well and bind to a soft dough with water .
Spread the dough into a greased steel plate .
Steam for 7-8 minutes .
Remove from the steamer , cut into pieces .
Deep fry these pieces to a golden .(Optional )
Serve hot !
Check out some of the Maharashtrian recipes –
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Day 6 Rabdi
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Day 9 Tum Tum – Nadiad Special
Day 12 Limbu Mari ne Sev
Week 3 Gujrat Festival Special
Day 13 Bajri na Vada
Day 14 Methi Poori
Day 15 Fulwadi
Day 16 Farsi Poori
Day 18 Besan Sev
Week 4 State Specials
Day 20 Handvo – Gujarat Special