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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pudachi Wadi / Cilantro Rolls For April ICC

Srivalli chose Maharashtrian Pudachi Wadi or cilantro rolls inspired from this recipe, for this month's Indian Cooking Challenge. A spicy filling of cilantro - coconut mixture encased in a chickpea & wheat flour dough is deep fried. This is a perfect tea time snack, especially for spicy food lovers. I guess I was generous with the usage of spices and chili powder in this recipe and these wadis turned out to be a treat for our spice / heat loving palates. I did not even need green or tamarind chutney to savor them.
I am not at all happy at the way these images have turned out. I was super exhausted on that particular day and had very little time to capture these delicious wadis. And also it was a cloudy day. All factors combined lead to this poor representation of this fabulous wadis. :(

Ingredients for about 10 - 12 vadis:
Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients. The process is not as complicated as it seems.

For outer covering:
3/4 cup chickpea flour / besan
3/4 cup wheat flour / atta
3 Tbsp hot oil

1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste

For the stuffing:
2 cups cilantro / coriander leaves
1/4 cup grated dry coconut / copra 

1 Tbsp poppy seeds / khus khus
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp oil
1 tsp ginger - green chilli paste (I ground 1 big Serrano pepper and one inch piece of ginger adding a few Tbsp of water in my blender.)
3 cloves garlic chopped fine (I did not use it.)
1/2 tsp chilli powder

Salt to taste
1 Tbsp lime / lemon juice

1/2 tsp sugar

For the paste:
2 tsp oil
1 tsp kala masala / garam masala
2 tsp thick tamarind pulp

For deep frying:


1. Wash the cilantro leaves. Spread on a dry towel for a few minutes. I put the leaves between two layers of a thick towel so that the water was absorbed by the time I finished other prep work.
If you still feel the leaves are wet then just pat them gently with the towel. Finely mince the cilantro and keep aside.
Adding dry leaves is crucial since you want to avoid the final stuffing mixture turning soggy because of the watery cilantro.
2. Lightly toast the sesame seeds, poppy seeds and the coconut. Let cool and powder them.
3. Mix all the ingredients mentioned under "for the outer covering" and form a firm dough adding water as needed.
4. In a small cup, combine the ingredients mentioned under "for the paste".

5. Now comes the stuffing preparation. Heat a Tbsp of oil in a kadai and add the onions. Saute them until translucent. Add the ginger - chili paste, garlic if using, roasted & ground powders (from step 2), salt, sugar, lime juice, chilli powder and mix well. Fry for a couple of minutes. Then add the cilantro leaves, mix well and cook for a minute or so and turn off the stove.

* Pinch a small ball of dough and roll it thinly into a circle using some flour for dusting. How big the rolled circle should be depends upon one's preference. It can be anywhere between 3 to 6 inches of diameter. Leaving the edges, smear the center of the rolled dough with the paste. And then spread a few spoons of stuffing mixture.

* Cover from both sides as shown in the pictures. And then fold one end and seal it. (The recipe says to use water to seal but I did not.) Repeat with the other end.

* Repeat these steps until you use up all the covering dough and the stuffed mixture.
Actually I made these in different shapes - triangles like samosas and even half moon shaped like these kajjikayalu.
* Heat a few cups of oil in a deep pan or a kadai. When the oil is hot enough to deep fry, slowly drop the stuffed rolls and fry flipping them until wadis turn golden brown on both sides.

People who are participating in the ICC has been exempted from posting for blogging marathon "with the theme" today and so this is going to be my 7th day (or the final) post in the first group of this blogging marathon #5. From tomorrow, the second group's marathon starts and check out my sweet dishes during the run. J

I have enjoyed working with this first group in BM#5 though there had been some blogger mishaps and we have lost some posts in the process. Check what the other marathoners are cooking on this final day.
Curry in a hurry under 30 min: Cool Lassi(e), Harini, Kalyani, Priya Mahadevan along with me
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Priya Suresh, Veena 
Seven Days of Indian Sweets: Shylaja, Srivalli  
Seven Days of Regional Specials: Priya Yallapantula  
Under 15 mins Quick Breakfast: Aarthi, Vaishali



harini-jaya said...

We also liked these Wadis. I also learnt that such snacks need to be made when we are relatively free from other distractions. I nearly burnt some of mine :)

Latha said...

Nice one...looks good.

Srivalli said...

Suma, those wadis are a treat!..I agree with harini..and decided never to procrastinate the attempt!..:)

vaishali sabnani said...

sure some recipes require lot of patience....but these look quite good ....now i have seen some of these i feel like trying my hand ..more so to EAT:))

Suma Gandlur said...

Valli, thanks.
I did not prepare them at the last moment. They were done well in advance but I had just chosen a wrong day to prepare those.

SouthIndianHome said...

Looks delicious

South Indian Home

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Very nicely done Suma. Looks so inviting :)

Aarthi said...

this looks so good

Prathibha said...

Those wadis look delicious,just perfect...the photos r nice dear,not 2 worry abt it..:)
hey I mentioned abt that guess in my DBD post,did u chk d post?

Mélange said...

Suma,vadis look exceptionally wonderful ! I loved the way your pictures and presentation have come !!

Hari Chandana said...

Wadi looks simply awesome and tempting.. love the presentation too !!
Indian Cuisine

Divya.M said...

wonderful Wadis... well explained....looks crispy too..

Vardhini said...

Those look so yummy.

Do visit me as time permits.


Priya said...

Looks super crispy,we loved these wadis very much...

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Nice and wonderful cilantro rolls !!

Mom Chef said...

lovely post Suma :)