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Kothimbir Vadi | Crispy Coriander Vadi Recipe

Kothimbir Vadi is a popular appetizer / snack in Maharashtra made using coriander leaves and gram flour. Coriander leaves are called Kothimbir in marathi. It's a savaroy fritters wehre the coriander leaves is mixed with gram flour, steamed frist, sliced and then fried to get a crispy fritter.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Setting Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Indian, Maharashtrian
Servings: 15 fritters
Calories: 78kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Heavy Bottomed Pan


Vegetables and Greents

  • 1 cup Coriander Leaves 1 cup = 250 ml
  • 1 nos Green Chili
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 1 nos Carrot
  • ¼ cup Fresh Green Peas
  • 1 small Onion

Flours and Other Ingredients

  • 1 cup Gram Flour (Besan / Chickpea Flour)
  • 2 tbsp Rice Flour
  • ½ cup Curd (Plain Yogurt) sour
  • 1 tsp Salt adjust to your taste
  • Cooking Oil for deep frying

For tempering

  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp Ajwain / Carom Seeds / Omam



  • Wash, peel and grate the carrots and set them aside.
  • Chop the Onion to the fine pieces
  • Boil the peas and mash it coarsely and set that aside
  • Take the green chillies and ginger to the mixer along with curd and grind it to a nice paste. 

Preparing the Flour

  • Take a mixing bowl and add besan, rice flour and mix well
  • To that mixing bowl, add salt along with ground green chilli-ginger and curd paste and mix everything well with a whisk. Make sure there are no lumps. If you have a hand blender, you can use that to churn the mixture. 

Tempering and cooking of the flour

  • Heat a pan with a tablespoon of oil and add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add omam and saute it for a second. Then add finely chopped onions and saute them for couple of minutes. We don’t need to saute the onions till they become brown color. We are going to fry the vadi in oil so we don’t need to saute the onions nicely.
  • Now add the besan batter to the pan and mix well in low flame
  • Keep cooking the besan mixture till they become thick. Then add boiled peas, grated carrot and chopped coriander leaves to the pan and mix everything well.  We can also add sweet corn along with peas and carrots.
  • Switch off the flame and take the besan mixture to a oil coated square or rectangular tin and pat it well with back of a spatula or spoon and nicely spread it. Set this tray aside for half an hour. Then flip the tray on a plate after 30 minutes. 
  • Make square or rectangular pieces out of the cooked besan mixture. Now our vadis are ready to get fried in oil. 

Deep Frying

  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. When the oil is hot, add a small piece of vadi to see if it sizzle in oil. Then gently drop 4-5 vadi in oil and fry them till they are crisp and turn golden brown color.
  • Repeat the frying till all the vadi are fried.  Place the fried vadi on a tissue to drain excess oil
  • Crispy and yummy Kothimbir Vadi is now ready to serve. Serve with green chutney or ketchup and enjoy the crunchy snack!!!


  1. Make sure that the Coriander leaves is dry and moisture free 
  2. If you like garlic flavor, then you can add finely chopped garlic to the dough


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g