Kothimbir is a name for coriander greens or cilantro as called in Maharashtra and Gujrat. This steamed dumpling with coriander greens and chickpea flour is a healthy and filling snack and can be a meal in itself if required. Packed with aromatic flavours of coriander greens, this recipe of kothimbir wadi is low on glycemic index both because it uses gluten free gram flour and a lot of chopped coriander greens. This can be eaten steamed or deep fired or shallow fried with a tempering of sesame, mustard seeds and curry patta etc.
Mow about this wonderful recipe of kothimbir wadi or dhaniya patta wadi, or whatever you call it. It could be a dumpling made with any herb but the traditional Maharashtrian version is made with coriander greens, hence the name. I had once saw it on Karen Anand's show, Angad Bedi was the show host and I liked the way he cooked it, completely at ease.
He steamed the kothimbir wadi over a pot of boiling water as is done traditionally and then deep fried it to serve as a snack. I made a small but significant change, cooked it in microwave and served it without frying. It was so delicious that we always eat it steamed, only the leftovers are cubed and shallow fried later for a tea time snack.
Also I make it with soaked chana dal instead of besan most of the times as it gives a better texture. Many times I use mung dal with skin for making mung kothimbir wadis too.
soaked chana dal 1 cup
garlic cloves 10 nos.
whole dried red chillies 4 nos.
ginger 2 inch piece
salt n pepper to taste
turmeric powder 1 tsp
chopped coriander leaves 3 cups packed or as much the mixture can accommodate
first of all pulse the red chillies, garlic n ginger in your grinder so that they are coarsely ground.......green chillies can be used but i like the color of the red chillies sprinkled into the wadis.....choice is your's......after this put in the soaked dal, salt-pepper n turmeric powder into the grinder n give it another pulse to make a coarse paste...........take out in a mixing bowl and throw in the chopped coriander leaves , mix well .....shape into small rounds or oblong cutlet shapes, arrange in a microwave safe bowl with lid and microwave for 3 minutes for 3 -4 wadis......see the pic.....
repeat to make more wadis.........serve hot with or without chutny...........good with tea........the texture of coriander leaves n aroma of the herbs n chillies is something to die for......it is very tasty n chatpata ...........can be made in bulk n stored in fridge for a week........reheat in microwave to serve..............or deep fry if you feel like........can be shallow fried in nonstick pan........
sometimes i do a cheats job with this.....when there are some unexpected guests visiting...as is so common in our country........i cut it in cubes or thick slices.....deep fry and dip in a masala gravy..........ha ha.....goes well with rice and a dry side dish and the usual accompaniments....