Kothimbirvadi | cooktorelish.wordpress.com

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There is always a great sync between me and my sister when talking about food. Being a mother of two, I always wonder how she manages to do so many things simultaneously. One of those things is cooking. She apparently cooks many more varieties than I do. Cooking is one of the usual topic of conversation between both of us. We share images on what’s app which kinda compels the other person to make the same. Her cooking creates a strange urge in me to replicate it at my end. We owe a lot of our cooking skills to our mom. As kids, we did not have much of a culture in our family of eating out. Out mother made sure that we do not miss trying any food because of that. She would make us all sorts of delicacies at home itself and we used to eat that by literally fighting for last bite. I miss those days. But then I would realize that I can cook :). So here it is. One such dish inspired from my sister. Kothimbirvadi is an easy to cook snack. The best time I would like to eat is as an evening snack with tea on a rainy day.

Serves – 2

Chickpea flour – 1 cup
Chopped cilantro – 1 & 1/2 cup – 2 cups
Yogurt – 1 tablespoon
Ginger Chili paste – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon
Garlic – 2 cloves grated
Baking soda – 1 pinch
Red chili powder – If you want it to be more spicy
Brown sugar or jaggery – 1 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil for deep/shallow frying
Grated coconut for garnishing
Sesame seeds – 1-2 teaspoon


  1. In a bowl mix all the ingredients together to form batter. Add water to adjust the consistency. It should be similar to pancake batter.
  2. Boil water in a dhokla vessel/ or any broad vessel. Now take a dhokla plate/(any steel plate with atleast 1 inch raised edges). Grease is with oil. Now pour the batter in the plate.
  3. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the top surface. Place the plate over boiling water at a sufficient height so that the water does not touch it. We want to cook the cake in the steam generated from water. Cover it and let it cook on medium for about – 7-8 mins. Check by inserting a knife. It should come out clean.
  4. Remove the cooked cake and let it cool for some time. Cut the cake into small bite size pieces with help of a sharp knife.
  5. You can eat this as such with ketchup/chutney/tea. Or you can fry them again either deep/shallow. It picks up very less oil on frying.
  6. After frying it gives a crispy surface but the inside is still soft and melt in mouth.
  7. Garnish with grated coconut. Serve hot.

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