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Soft and Crispy Kothambir Vadi

Soft and Crispy Kothambir Vadi

Kothambir Vadi is a classic Maharashtrian snack dish. Crispy on the outside and soft within, Kothambir Vadi's make the perfect evening snack! Made with gram flour and coriander this easy recipe can be left steamed as well for a healthier option. 

Yields: 8-10 Vadi's | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 45 minutes approx.


  • Gram Flour - 2 cups
  • Green Coriander Leaves - 1 cups
  • Oil
  • Green Chilli - 4 chillies
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4th tsp
  • Salt 
  • Garam Masala - 1/4th tsp
  • Jaggery - 3 tsp
  • Tamarind - 2 tsp
  • Ginger Paste - 1/2 tsp

Utensils Required:

  • Steamer / Pressure Cooker
  • Saucepan
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Paper Towels


  • Add the Green Coriander Leaves, Ginger Paste, Green Chillies, Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder, Salt, Garam Masala, Tamarind Paste & Jaggery in any utensil, and then mix well. The moisture in the coriander will help form a dough. 
  • Add Gram Flour to the mixture and mix well until a dough is formed. If the dough is sticky, add oil to smoothen it.


  • Set the utensil aside and mould the dough into a cylindrical shape.
  • Cook the shaped dough in a steamer*. Let the water heat up until it starts boiling. Then place your moulded dough on the steamer plate.
  • Let the dough steam for about 15 minutes. 
  • To check if the dough is ready, insert a knife into the dough. If the knife comes out clean, the vadi is cooked.
  • Once cooked, place the vadi aside and let it cool down completely.


  • Once cooled, place the vadi on a chopping board and cut into small pieces. Keep the pieces aside.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan for deep frying
  • Drop a small piece of vadi to check if the oil is hot.
  • Once the oil is hot, add a few pieces at a time and deep fry until they are golden and crispy.
  • Remove the pieces from the saucepan and place on a paper towel (to absorb the excess oil).
  • Garnish them with some grated coriander and serve up your delicious Kothambir Vadis with your favourite chutney or ketchup.


Other Information:

*Substituting the steamer: If you do not have a steamer you can use a regular pressure cooker to steam your dish instead. Add 2 cups of water into the pressure cooker and place a steel support for a steaming plate inside. Place the plate for steaming and ensure that it does not touch the water. Cover the pressure cooker with the lid (do not use the whistle). Your make-shift steamer should work just as well as any store bought one. 



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