Party ideas, Snacks

Kothmir Vadi (Kothambir Vadi) – No Deep Fry | Vegan and GF

If there was a single snack that I would single out that all of us at home love, its Kothmir Vadi. Initiated into this when I moved to Mumbai, we have had this umpteen times from snack vendors across mumbai – from the iconic Prakash in Dadar to Krishna (agan, near Dadar Station),  from pungent garlicky versions to crisp (and sometimes sadly dripping with oil) versions, and sometimes a me-too version of Kothmir Vadi. 


Although I had made Kothmir Vadi as part of the Ganpati Thali here (albeit without the garlic , of course) , I couldn’t click step by step photographs owing to the Festival rush , and was keen to make it again leisurely. Surprisingly, the little one also asked for a second serving meaning that it was a total win. the husband too appreciated it and the elder girl was smitten by the garlicky flavour (She is a total bhakt of garlic, by the way).


PS : There are 4-5 methods of making Kothmir Vadi, not to mention that deep frying makes it more appealing to a crowd. However, we didn’t miss the deep fry a bit, in fact if I may say so, it tasted better than the deep fried versions. So, do try this if you like this snack or have heard about it, and I assure you wont be disappointed.

Thali for Ganpati Festival featuring amongst other things, Kothmir Vadi too 🙂 

Kothmabir Vadi – GF, Vegan Snack

Cuisine : Maharashtrian (Indian), Course: Snack / Appetiser

Spice level : Medium

Prep time – 15 mins, Steam + shallow fry time – 25 mins ;  

Makes – 20 medium sized Vadis


  • Besan / Gramflour  – 1 cup (250 ml)
  • Rice flour – 1/2 cup or 3 heaped Tablespoons
  • Washed, cleaned and finely minced Coriander – 1 cup (can increase or decrease a bit depending on how much you like it)
  • Oil – 3 T + 1 tsp (to grease)
  • Turmeric-  1/3 tsp
  • Roasted sesame seeds – 1/2 T + 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 T (I used fresh ginger and garlic minced together)
  • Hing / aSafoetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Roasted Crushed Peanuts – 1/4 cup (skip for nut allergy)
  • Hot mix / Ghati Masala (can use Ghoda Masala with varying results) – 1/2 T
  • Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Finely Chopped / Minced green chillies – 1/2 tsp
  • Water – as needed ( I needed about 2/3 cup)
  • Lemon juice  – 1/2 tsp OR Cooking soda – 1/4 tsp

How to make:

  1. Keep a steamer ready with water coming to rolling boil. Meanwhile, start the following step.
  2. In a bowl, add all the ingredients except water, Lemon juice or soda and mix well, using fingers rub the coriander into the flour. slowly add the water 1/4 cup at a time to make a thickish, but flowing batter (almost like a cake batter).
  3. Grease a 8 inch cake pan or a Dhokla pan. Add soda OR lemon juice (and adjust consistency) and beat well. Pour immediately into greased pan and steam batter after topping with 1/4 tsp sesame seeds. Steam for 18-20 mins or till a skewer comes clean.
  4. Cool for 10 mins. Cut into squares / bite Sized pieces. Shallow fry on low flame with 2 tsp oil till its crispy on both sides (takes about 8-10 mins)
  5. Serve warm / hot with Green Chutney or Ketchup



  1. Wow, the kothimbir vadi looks so inviting! I want to grab a piece off that plate right away! 🙂

  2. I am seeing and hearing this dish for the first time, but so glad to be introduced to it! Totally love how it looks, and sure it is mighty flavorful… so glad to be associated with you for this challenge… 🙂

  3. Mayuri Patel

    I love kothmir vadi, its so tasty and a great snack for the family. I've also made them using palak, methi. I didn't know one could deep fry them, I usually just stir fry in a bit of oil in a wide pan. Lovely share for the theme.

  4. cookwithrenu

    I love kothimbir vadi, the last time I made it forgot to click :-(. Your vadi's looks super tempting and crunchy on the outside. Loved it

  5. Prathima Shivraj

    Very healthy n flavour full a must dish in Maharashtra cuisine. Never tasted but now I have delicious healthy recipe from you.. Looks too tempting

  6. Priya Suresh

    Kothmir vadi is my all time favourite and how crispy those cubes looks, such a flavourful vadi, just love it.

  7. I have never tasted this but whenever I see this in fb, I just drool over…will be trying for sure

  8. I wanted to make this too .. but my ingredients were different.. I will make it sometime soon .

  9. Vidya Narayan

    Kal, all the iconic places you have mentioned in the post for Maharashtrian snacks are my fav too and being a Mumbaikar, I have been fond of these wadis as much as any South Indian snacks too. I like to have these as non fried too. I love the pan fried version too.

  10. Looks delicious and a perfect snack for taking on travel too! It is like a complete meal in itself. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I yearn for those days when I just "dropped in" at Prakash; all the metro construction on that road has made it quite a trek to get to Prakash. But I am undeterred and still make the trip. 😀

    I love Kothimbir Vadi as much as the next Marathi Manoos and you have done justice to it.

  12. Yum, yum yum. I love kothibir vadis. Guess I will want to visit prakash in Mumbai when I go. Looks great.

  13. Oh wow kothibir Vadi looks lipsmackingly delicious. Heard about it but never tasted. Now I have a full proof recipe to try. Thank you ????

  14. This kothambir vadi looks so flavourful. This version of no deep fry is a must try one.

  15. Sharanya palanisshami

    Kothambir vadi was so tempting , a must try healthy snack……

  16. This is delicious and you are tempting me now. Can have it anytime..! Lovely share.

  17. Poornimacookbook

    Looks delicious; a perfect tea time snack. Will try it for sure.

  18. Kal I have made this before. But this method looks very good. Pictures are amazing

  19. Poonam Bachhav

    Kothambir wadi is so flavorful ! Perfect tea time accompaniment..loved your pictures .

  20. I think all my trips to Mumbai and Pune have been wasted, when I have not tried out these delicious snacks. The Kothambir vadi does sound the perfect tea time snack, or actually, anytime snack. I need to check what Ghati masala is – I know Goda masala, but ghati is something I have to learn about if I want to make an authentic kothmir vadi. Sujata Shukla from PepperOnPizza.

  21. mildly indian

    I am going to Pune soon and it is exciting to look forward to try this recipe and then make it using your recipe.

  22. Priya (

    This on a rainy day with chai and life is set

  23. Kothmir Vadi looks super tempting here 🙂 Love that these pan fried instead of deep frying 🙂 Nice post !

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