Kothimbir Vadi / Cilantro Fritters in Instant Pot: Vegan and Gluten-free Snacks

How To Make Crispy Kothimbir Vadi / Cilantro Fritters in Instant Pot
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          To make this crispy, flavourful, vegan and gluten-free Maharashtrian kothimbir vadi (coriander fritters), you need 30 minutes and a few simple ingredients. This quick-fix Kothimbir Vadi or cilantro fritters made using coriander leaves, chickpeas flour, pearl millet flour, and some homemade Indian spices.

The result is crispy, tasty coriander fritters and pair perfectly with ketchup or with a fresh dollop of sour cream or as a side dish for pulao or biryani. It also a protein-packed side dish for chapatis or rotis. My mother used to prepare this for us(for my family), and it's a family favorite. Once a week, my mom used to make either Alu Vadi or Kothimbir Vadi. They always tasted the best, and nothing warms up a chilly night like a plateful of home-style kothimbir vadi. 
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          I love the aroma and flavor of the coriander leaves, and always keep this aromatic herb in my fridge. Because I feel without coriander leaves, some of the Indian dishes are incomplete. The irresistible aroma, lovely crisp, and crunch is sure to steal your heart! 

         Kothimbir means coriander leaves or cilantro leaves, and vadi means fritters. There are multiple ways to prepare this recipe. It can be steamed, deep-frying, and shallow frying. Coriander leaves are rich in protein, vit.C and K and an excellent herb for the digestive system. It may help fight infections and promote heart, skin, and digestive health. Chickpeas flour and pearl millet flour are high in protein, fiber, and folate, while low in carbohydrates and calories. 

Here are some more fritter recipes:
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes; Cooking Time: 20 Minutes.
Per Serving of Kothimbir Vadi Contains 30 Calories.

  • Coriander leaves/Kothimbir 2 Cups
  • Besan/Chickpeas Flour 1 Cup
  • Bajra Flour/Pearl Millets Flour ¼ Cup
  • Green chilies (5 strips)-Ginger Paste 1 Tbsp
  • Red Chili Powder 1 Tsp
  • Goda Masala 1 Tsp
  • Turmeric 1 Tsp
  • Salt 1 Tsp
  • Oil 3-4 Tsp
  • Water as needed

  • Clean and wash coriander leaves/cilantro leaves and finely chop it.
  • In a mixing bowl add chickpeas flour, pearl millet flour, red chili powder, turmeric, goda masala, salt, green chilies, and ginger paste and mix well.
  • Now, add chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
  • Add water 3-4 Tbsp and knead or mix to make a dough.
  • Apply some oil to the dough and grease the pan with oil.
  • Place the dough into the oil greased pan and roll the dough to form a patty with your palm.

To Steam the Kothimbir Vadi in the Instant Pot:
  • Add 2 cups of water into the insert of the instant pot.
  • Place the pan with the trivet and close the lid and place the vent on sealing position.  
  • Cook on steam mode for 15 minutes.
  • NPR for 5 minutes and then release the remaining pressure manually.
  • Let the steamed dough cool completely and then cut them into square or diamond shapes.

To Fry Kothimbir Vadi/Wadi(Cilantro Fritters):
  • Heat 3-4 Tsp oil in a pan and add steamed cubes.
  • Shallow fry on medium to low flame for 4-5 minutes from both sides until it becomes golden brown color.
  • Remove the fritters to a kitchen towel-lined plate.
  • Transfer the fritters to a plate and serve warm, at room temperature, or cold with a dipping sauce of your choice, if using.
  • Here, scrumptious and tasty Coriander Vadi is ready to serve. Enjoy!!!

My Take:
  • Always use fresh, clean, and chopped coriander leaves.
  • Pat dry coriander leaves before chopping because more moisture in the coriander leaves would require more chickpeas flour to absorb the water content. 
  • Add water as needed.
  • You can skip adding bajra flour and add ¼ Cup chickpeas flour more.
  • Adjust the spices according to your taste.
Dietary Comment:
  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 30 calories, along with 3.67 g carbohydrates, 1.16 g fats, and 1.19 g protein.
  • Portion size can always be increased or decreased depending on your health goals and activity level. 

Health Benefits of Coriander Leaves:
  • It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  • It may help lower blood sugar levels by activating certain enzymes.
  • Promote digestion and gut health?
  • Has antimicrobial properties that help fight foodborne illnesses.
  • Has fewer calories, and eating lower-calorie foods may help you reduce calorie intake.

Good Time To Eat:
            It is good to eat kothimbir vadi for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or evening snacks.
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