Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cilantro Circles

How to make Kothimbir wadi

This is a variation to the traditional Maharashtrian dish called "Kothimbir Vadi" or simply cilantro fritters. That's a very tasteful starter. I almost love cilantro in every other recipe because of it's flavor and color both. Imagine how happy I would be to make a dish out of freshly chopped cilantro !!! While growing up, I remember walking down those Mumbai lanes with my parents and on our way we would stop by for sure for some authentic food. This was a big hit amongst us. so here is to cherish those wonderful memories ... ...

Here is what we need -

  • 2 cups chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup chapati flour
  • 2 cups of freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tbs peanut powder
  • 2-3 green chili paste
  • 1 sp ginger-garlic paste
  • salt as per taste
  • 3 sp sugar
  • 1/4 sp asafetida
  • 1 sp lime juice
  • 1/4 sp turmeric powder
  • 2 sp chili powder
  • a pinch of baking powder
  • 1 sp of oil

What's Next -

Wash and fine chop the cilantro leaves. In a bowl mix chickpea, rice and wheat flour. In a blender coarsely chop peanuts. Add it to the bowl. In a small pan take 1 sp of oil and saute ginger garlic paste to take out its raw flavor. Add it to the bowl. Add salt, turmeric powder, sugar, lemon juice, asafetida and green chili paste and mix it well with water. Make sure there are no lumps. Finally add cilantro leaves and baking powder.

Since I don't have steamer I use my big pressure cooker as a steamer. I used Idli stand to steam this. switch off the stove after 10 minutes. take out the stand and let it cool-off.

Heat oil for deep frying in the heavy bottom pan. Fry it to golden brown color.

Serve hot with Ketchup or green chutney.

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