Kothimbir Vadi

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes
  • Serves: 3-4

A quintessential Maharashtrian savoury snack recipe, KothimbirVadi, also called Coriander Fritters, should be one of the first dishes you serve your guests at the beginning of a dinner party. Not only is it quick and easy to make, when served with tomato sauce, coconut chutney or even curd, it is extremely appetising for every kind of palate!


  • Chopped coriander leaves 2 cups
  • Besan/ chickpea flour 2 cups
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder ½ tsp
  • Garlic 2 cloves
  • Sesame seeds 1 tbsp
  • Roasted cashews or peanuts (optional) ¼ cup
  • Water 11/2 cups
  • Hing a pinch
  • Salt as required


This recipe can be made both in a steamer as well as a microwave. You can choose the option that suits you well

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to form batter. Remember not to pour all the water in one go.

Microwave Method

Grease a microwave safe steamer or container with oil on all sides. Add the batter and close it with the lid.

Microwave for 6 minutes or till the batter is cooked.

To check if it is done, insert a knife or skewer and if it comes out clean you can take out the mixture from the oven. Keep it aside.

Stove top Method

Pour water into the steamer (or idli maker). Grease the dish of steamer with oil. Pour the mixture in the steamer plate and leave on high heat for about 20 minutes.

Rather than pouring the mixture as is, you can also make a soft dough and shape the vadi in small rolls.

Once done, take the steamer plate out of the steamer and keep it aside.

Once it is cool, cut it into desired shape- square, diamond or rectangle.

Heat oil in a pan and shallow or deep fry till vadi is crisp on all sides.

Serve hot with tomato ketchup or mint chutney.

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