This is a quintessential Marathi dish, and I so wanted to try making it myself! I am happy to report that is very easy to make and turns out very tasty indeed. Cilantro is my favourite herb and this dish really showcases cilantro instead of giving it the seemingly superfluous role of a garnish.
Kothimbir vadi can be served as a snack with any chutney but I really love eating it as a side dish with dal and rice. . The one special equipment you need to make this dish is a steamer. If you own a pressure cooker, it was be used without the "weight" to steam this vadi.
The steamed vadi is perfectly fine for eating on its own (a very tasty and healthy snack indeed). Of course it tastes even better when fried and crispy :)
Alternatively, if you would like something in between, make a "tadka" of oil, mustard and cumin seeds and pour over slices of steamed vadi.
Made during festivals like ganpati chaturthi in maharashtra
1 big bunch cilantro/coriander leaves (Kothimbir),