Mr.P is an excellent cook when the right mood prevails. It seems to happen rarely but when it does the kitchen bustles with energy and the house smells good. This is his speciality. I’d rather have him make it than make it myself. I an fortunate that my daughter and husband are both fond of cooking. It means I can take it easy at times and it also keeps my interest in cooking alive. I am not a kitchen person. Cooking is just one of the many things I love doing.
Recipe: Kothimbir Vadi – Savoury Coriander Gramflour Cakes
RECIPE INFORMAITON: GLUTEN-FREE | CASEIN FREE | DAIRY-FREE | GRAIN-FREE | VEGAN
Fresh Coriander leaves without the hard stalk – About 3 cups
Chickpea meal / Besan – About 1 cup heaped
Ginger – 1inch
Chillies – 2 small or 1 medlium
Garlic – 1 pod
Water – About 2 cups or more if needed
Turmeric powder – A pinch
Oil – To shallow fry
Salt – to taste
Sesame seeds – 1 tsp.
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp.
Mince the ginger, chilli and garlic with little water and set aside. Bunch the cleaned and trimmed coriander leaves (with stem, but not the root) together and chop roughly.
Whisk chickpea flour (besan) with a cup of water, salt, turmeric and the coriander leaves to a thick buttermilk (kadhi) consistency and set aside.
Heat a deep wok and pour a tsp. of oil.
When hot add the minced ginger, chilli and garlic with liquid. Add the prepared mixture, stirring all the while till the liquid evaporates, and the mixture comes together into a thickish ball. It should not jiggle. Stirring should be constant or you will have lumps.
Grease a flat plate and pat the lump into a rectangle using the flat back of a steel bowl. Cool completely, and cut into cuboids thick or thin, but at least a centimetre thick. Or any other shape you like.
Heat a wide pan. Pour a little oil and add the seasoning when the oil turns hot. Immediately place the pieces and shallow fry on each side till brown and shiny. Alternately, you may deep fry or bake. I bake. My husband fries.
Serve hot with mint chutney or tomato ketchup. We had the left over with dinner with rasam rice, as these taste equally good when they are room temperature. They taste best while hot, of course.
Kothimbir vadis are perfect for parties as starters. They are moist inside, crisp on the outside, and quite easy to prepare. You could make the squares a day prior to the party, refrigerate, and bake them the next day.
NOTE: This post has been edited as the original version was verbose.