BM #104 Day 22 - 

Kothambir Vadi is a healthy snack native to the state of Maharashtra. I have always eaten it at my friend's place and  it kind of felt that I had made it at home too. I never even realized that I hadn't posted it in my space. 

So I asked my friend to share her family recipe and I followed her recipe to the T. She also gave me the idea that I could air fry them and that is what I did. They came out super crispy and we loved it.

Recipe Source Shalaka
Ingredients - 

Besan / Gram Flour / Senaga Pindi 1 1/2 cups
Coriander leaves, finely chopped 1 cup
Salt, Asafotida, Red Chili Powder, Turmeric as needed
Green Chilies-Ginger paste 2 tsp 
Oil 1 Tbsp

Method Of Preparation -

In a mixing bowl, add besan, chopped coriander leaves, salt, asafotida, red chili powder, turmeric and green chili-ginger paste. Mix well. Sprinkle water as needed to make a stiff dough.

Pinch small portions of the dough and make oblong shapes.

Grease a steaming plate and arrange these oblong shaped dough pieces and steam them for about 12-15 minutes.

Upon cooling, slice the oblong shapes into 1/2 inch discs.

These can be shallow fried, deep fried or air fried to make them crispy.

I have opted to air fry them. Place the small discs in the air fryer basket set to 400 °F. Air them for about 20 minutes tossing them every 5-6 minutes. 

[Each Air Fryer is different, so adjust the timing depending on when the discs become brown and crispy].

Serve them warm with a chutney of your choice.  

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Preparation Time 45 minutes
Makes 30-35 pieces


  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. So nicely done Harini, love your heart shaped idli molds too..:)

  3. That's one innovative way of frying the vadis Harini. Beautifully steamed and air fried. No guilt snack..Yumm...

  4. Suma Gandlur Says:
  5. Air frying makes them guilt free and I have noticed that the air fried vadis end up super crisp and stay that way longer compared to the fried versions.

  6. It’s interesting to make them in this style , where you make rolls and cut . In fact I too have done ionce in the similar manner , but I wish I had used the air fryer , it’s such a good option . Fantastic Harini !

  7. sushma Says:
  8. Wow air fryer version of Vadi looks very nice Harini. Good one

  9. Narmadha Says:
  10. I too made the same version and shallow fried. Air fryer version makes it so much guilt free and looks so delicious.

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