Kothimbirchi Wadi | Corriander Fritters

Kothimbirchi Wadi is a traditional tasty Maharashtrian Snack which is steamed first and then deep fried.Off late due to health and fitness sake, I have cut down the usage of oil for deep frying and tried to shallow fry it in minimal oil. Trust me there was no compromise on the taste and turned out crispy as well. Also,besan or gram flour is low in glycemic index hence even diabetic people can also indulge into this healthy snack.
In fact,I tasted just the steamed vadis and really liked it as is. That is even more healthier in my opinion as it is just steamed . Serve it with fresh green chutney or even tomato sauce.
Each household may have slight variations in the preparation of this wadi,this one is simple and easy to make with all  ingredients readily available in the pantry.
Without further delay,let us get on to the recipe.


Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 30 min (Steaming : 15-18 mins | Shallow Frying : 8-10 mins)
Serves : Makes about 20 pieces
Complexity : Medium

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Ingredients
1.5 cups gram flour/besan ( 150 gms approx)
2 tablespoon rice flour
2 cups packed finely chopped fresh corriander
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp red chilli powder
1.5 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
1/2 tsp eno fruit salt(optional)


Method

In a mixing bowl take all the dry ingredients except corriander and eno and mix well with water to form a thick paste.

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Add the corriander and mix well with your hands and then adjust the water. The batter should be like that of dosa batter .
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Adjust the salt and spice levels if you want at this stage, add the eno and mix well.
Grease a separator vessel or even dhokla plates and pour the batter into the vessel such that it fills only about half the vessel. Tap the vessel to release all the air bubbles and for even spreading of the mixture.
Steam for about 15-18 mins. When you insert a knife or tooth pick it should come out clean,that is when it is steamed completely.

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Let it cool down for a while and then cut into square sized pieces with a knife.

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In a shallow pan,add about 2-3 teaspoons of oil and add the cut pieces one by one and cook on shallow fry on medium flame.

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Flip over when it turns golden brown in color and let the other side also fry well.

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Take it out on an absorbent paper and serve with green chutney or tomato sauce.

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