Kothimbir Vadi in Microwave oven/ Quick coriander vadi recipe/ Kothambari soppu vade

Kothimbir vadi/ Coriander vadi is one of the authentic savoury snacks originated from Maharastra. Vadi of Maharashtra is similar to Pathrode of our part of Karnataka/ Coastal Karnataka. Gram flour & choice of greens are combined together in batter which is steam cooked and later deep fried into crunchy snack. Kothimbir vadi, a teatime snack is not only crispy & tasty but also very flavourful and healthy as it is loaded with fresh green coriander leaves. Coriander leaves are rich sources of elemental iron & dietary fibre which is beneficial in treating anaemia and good in cases of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes… When I state it is healthy, couple of variations needed to the original recipe as it requires deep frying of them after steam cooking. Here is a better option of shallow frying these vadis after they are cooked. Idea way to cook them is in steamer or pressure cooker like how dokla is made. In this post I focus on cooking coriander vadi in microwave oven which speeds up the process of cooking. Believe me, it takes just 7-8 minutes to cook the coriander vadi in microwave oven. Now let us go to the recipe!

Kothimbir Vadi in Microwave oven

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes (includes frying time)

Serves: 2-3


Coriander leaves – 2 cups (finely chopped)

Gram flour – 1 cup

Rice flour/ Corn flour – 2 tbsp

Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

Roasted peanuts powder – 2 tbsp (coarse powder)

Cumin powder – ½ tsp

Coriander powder – ½ tsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp, adjust as per your liking

Sesame seeds – 1 tsp

Asafoetida – ¼ tsp

Sugar – 1 tsp

Baking soda – ¼ tsp

Water – ¾ cup or little more

Oil to fry – 4 tbsp (shallow frying)



  • Wash well, and chop coriander leaves finely. Take them in a wide mixing bowl.
  • Now, except oil and water add all the ingredients to the bowl. The ingredients are gram & rice/corn flour, salt, sugar, jeera powder, coriander powder, hing/ asafoetida sesame seeds, baking soda, chilli powder, turmeric powder, roasted peanut powder*. Oil should not go into this batter. That should be reserved for frying later.
  • Mix everything well with a spatula. Slowly add little water at a time and combine to form an evenly made batter. That is no lumps of dry flour should be found.
  • The batter should not be runny. Consistency should be that of idli batter (neither runny, nor too thick).
  • Now, grease a square or rectangular cake pan (microwave compatible) with little oil. Take smallest size tin for this measurement!
  • Pour the above prepared mix into the pan and spread evenly.
  • Cook in microwave oven for approximately 6 – 7 minutes. Or until inserted fork comes out clean. Time depends on the thickness of batter & oven.
  • Allow cooling. Later, invert the vadi on a plate and cut into desired shape and size pieces.
  • Frying part:
  • Heat a pan. Sprinkle little oil, spread the cut pieces of kothimbir vadi.
  • Sprinkle little oil on top of each piece. Invert on the pan after cooking one side and fry other side too. Both sides should turn to golden brown.
  • Serve hot kothimbir vadi with green chutney or with choice of sauce. You can serve it with lunch as well.
Quick coriander vadi recipe

                                                    After cooking in Microwave oven!

Kothimbir vadi


  • You can deep fry these vadis after cooking for extra crunch and taste. I have avoided deep frying and did shallow frying
  • Adding moringa leaves with coriander leaves works out well too.
  • You can use 1 cup chopped coriander leaves and about ¼ - ½ cup coriander leaves paste too.
  • One can steam cook the batter if no access to microwave oven. This will take 20-30 minutes to cook.
  • You can be creative while choosing ingredients, number of variations possible here.
  • Peanut powder: Roast peanuts, remove major skin and make coarse powder using a mixer. You can make use of peanuts chutney powder too here.

Kothambari soppu vade