It is festival season. Today onwards ‘Gauri Pujan’ is widely celebrated across India but not as religiously and royally as it is celebrated in Maharashtra. The first day begins from welcoming ‘Gauri’ and decorating her. The second day, elaborate puja is performed followed by a wide spread of food served as prasad. There are plenty of food items prepared like rice kheer-kakdi gharge, different vegetables, fried snacks and of course sweets.
Kothimbir wadi is a famous Maharashtrian snack. ‘Kothimbir’ means coriander leaves. Mixed with gram flour and spices, it is steamed before frying it until crisp. Prepare these crispy kothimbir wadis to celebrate Gauri Puja.
Today is my mother’s birthday and this is her recipe. I love you Aai, wish you a very happy birthday!! Dedicated to my mother.
2 cups of coriander leaves; washed and chopped,
Besan or Chickpea flour as required,
Salt and red chilli powder to taste,
1/2 tsp turmeric powder,
1 tsp white til (sesame seeds),
2 tbsp + oil for frying.
Mix together coriander leaves, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, til, salt and add besan to knead a dough. Divide the dough into 2-3 portions and roll them into elongated thick sausages, which will be steamed and then sliced into wadis. Steam these rolls in a pressure cooker or a steamer for 15 minutes. Remove and let them cool down. Then slice them into 1/2 inch thick wadis. At the time of serving, heat oil in a kadhai. Fry them until nice golden brown and crisp on a medium flame.
You can prepare these rolls and store them in the refrigerator in container for 3-4 days. Whenever you have guests at your place, slice and fry them.