Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Kothimbir dethachi bhajji |Coriander stem pakora ,pakoda,fritters

I just love pakoras . Coriander stalk fritters or kothimbir chya dethachi bhajji /pakora is todays recipe. Cilantro /coriander is known as kothimbir and stalk/stem means deth in Marathi.

I am a fan on cilantro or coriander leaves and I add to MOST of my recipes for garnishing.
Todays recipe is based on best out of waste theme .

I just love the fragrance and taste of coriander leaves.I have even tried growing coriander at home.
Normally we use the coriander leaves while cleaning a coriander bunch and throw away the stems .

You will be delighted to know that we can make a delicious pakoda /bhajiya using tender stems of coariander leaves..
So next time dont throw ,but try this tasty pakora .I made few changes to the original recipe which used chana dal instead of besan /chickpea flour.

Recipe source : chakali blogspot
1 cup Chopped stems of cilantro
1 medium Onion
1/2 cup besan /chickpea

2 tbsp Rice Flour
2 tbsp whole wheat Flour
2-3 Green chili +ginger half inch + 2 garlic clove coarse paste
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp sugar (optional)
Salt to taste
Vegetable Oil for Deep Frying

1 chop coriander stalks finely
2 Chop onion finely. In a mixing Bowl put chopped cilantro stems, chopped onion, besan, 
2-3 Green chili +ginger half inch + 2 garlic clove coarse paste, Rice Flour, Wheat Flour, Cumin seeds and salt to taste. Mix these ingredients together. This mixture should be thick and little sticky.

3 In a deep kadai  heat enough oil for deep frying. Drop the mixture in the form of small sized balls. Deep fry till it turns golden brown.

4 Serve bhajia /fritters with tomato sauce or tamarind chutney and green spicy chutney.

1.Can use 1 tbsp red chilli powder instead of green chilliies
2.can add 1 tsp coriander cumin powder to above recipe
3. Can soak 1/2 cup chana dal for minimum 3 hours and grid it with very little water and use it instead of besan .
4 dont add too much water in batter ,batter should be of dropping consistency.
5.If batter becomes watery or runny ,add 1-2 tbsp of besan or wheat flour ,adjust salt and then try dropping pakoras

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