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Chickpea Ideas ("khandvi")

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I love chickpeas in any form whether as dahl or as besan flour for various dishes.Chickpea Flour Rolls ("khandvi")Chickpea Flour RollsChickpea Flour Rollsby Anupama
from India Recipe Story

A very very traditional dish from Western India. Looks difficult to make but easy enough with the help of a pressure cooker. I completely dedicate this to my Aai(mom) who had absolute faith in my abilities to make it.

Servings: 6 to 7 rolls
Level of difficulty: Intermediate

For the outer roll:

1 cup chick pea flour (besan),

1.5 tspn plain flour,

1 cup buttermilk,

1 cup water,

6 to 7 cloves garlic,

3 green chillies, I use more-shantihhh says)

1 tspn salt,

1/4 tspn turmeric powder

For the filling:

3/4 cup grated fresh coconut,

3/4 cup fresh coriander finely chopped,

1 tspn powdered sugar,

salt to taste

For the tempering:

3 tblspns oil,

1 tspn mustard seeds,

1/2 tspn asafoetida,

7 to 8 curry leaves (shantihhh says should be fresh)

Procedure :

1. In a grinder crush the garlic ,chillies and salt together.

2. In a mixing bowl mix the besan,plain flour, water ,buttermilk, and the crushed garlic-chilli paste very well. Give it a taste to check if you need more salt or chilly.

3. Strain this mixture as we need a smooth batter .

4. Cook the batter in a pressure cooker for upto 3 whistles or for as long as it takes you to cook rice and dal in your pressure cooker.(Every pressure cooker differs a bit here and there)

5. In the meanwhile prepare the filling by mixing the grated coconut and coriander, sugar and salt and keep ready. Also keep 5 steel or melamine plates at hand to spread the batter.

6. To the cooked batter add about 3 tblspns of hot water to loosen it up a bit and give it a brisk stir.

7 Immediately while the batter it still hot start spreading it evenly onto the plates like shown in the pic below. Keep your strokes in one direction only to get it evenly done. This needs to be done very fast.

8.After finishing all the batter mark out rows with a knife or a pizza cutter,

9.Now spread the coconut filling on the batter on the marked rows .

10.And now comes the best part. Start rolling the wadis like shown in the pic below. They roll beautifully. Please do not oil the plates initially. Place all the wadis vertically close to each other in a container.

11.For the tempering heat the oil in a small wok or kadhai.

12.Add the mustard ,asafoetida and curry leaves.

13.Spoon the tempering into each of the vertically placed wadis.

To serve garnish them with some of the coconut and coriander mixture and spoon any left tempering all over.

So what do you think? Are you game? What are your favourite chickpea recipes? Please share them as they are so healthy, fiber and low calorie.

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CookingMyWay's picture
That sounds pretty good! I also like chickpeas just raw in salads - I don't see many people using them like that much anymore though...
showmethecurry's picture
This dish is known as "khandvi" in India. It is very delicious as an appetizer. Stuffing the rolls with the coconut mixture is a great idea. We usually have seen the coconut and cilantro leaves just sprinkled on top. Co-Hosts: Hetal and Anuja
shantihhh's picture
Hetal and Anuja Thank you for the proper name which I added! I love Indian cuisine and have been cooking it since I was a student and learned some recipes in London. I have been fortunate to travel much of India and have learned more recipes. I must admit I have not been to Eastern India Coast, but am keen to go to Pondicherry area.
Anagha's picture
This dish is called Khandavi in Gujarat and is made without stuffing the scraped/ grated freash coconut mix. In Maharashtra it is called SURALI CHYA WADYA and is always stuffed with fresh grated cocnut. I know how to make it in a kadai which is a tedious process. I am going to try your cooker method. thanks.
Chickpea Ideas ("khandvi")