For Indian Cooking Challenge this month we are going to travel to Gujarat to taste another specialty dish from its fold, the Khandvi!. I remember being enchanted with Khandvi! It has been since the days of those initial days of hosting Microwave Easy Cooking Event when I got this entry. I was mesmerized by the look and how appealing it was all to see. Then came the Dhoklas which again tempts one as nothing else does.
I was very keen on attempting at Khandvi for a long time. But every month somehow it gets missed. This time I again asked Lataji to get me a dish and she promptly presented me with two recipes for Khandvi, one that her friend shared with her and another one from Anupama Krishnamurthy of Mitho Limdo.
As always I am giving both the recipes, though I referred Lataji's .
Source: Lataji's Khandvi
Yields - 18 pieces
Gram flour / Besan - 1/3 cup (heaped)
Curds / Yogurt - 1/3 cup slightly sour, beaten
Water - 1 cup
Salt as per taste
Sugar - 1 tsp (opt)
Ginger Green Chilli paste - 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Asafetida / Hing - 1/4 tsp
Cooking Oil - 3 tbsp
Cooking Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Sesame seeds 2 tsp
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsps
Fresh Coriander Leaves, chopped - 2 tbsps
Method to prepare:
Keep a thali or a flat plate well-greased ready before proceeding to cook.
In a bowl, take the gram flour, salt, ginger-chili paste, beaten curds, and water and mix well.
The batter should be of a smooth thin batter, free of lumps.
Add the sugar, asafoetida, and turmeric powders also at this stage.
Heat oil in a thick bottom pan and add the prepared batter.
Cook the batter, stirring continuously until well cooked.
You can know it is cooked when the batter turns a light brown tinge, glaze from the oil, and will not stick to the walls of the pan.
The batter should still be in a semi liquid state, tipping more towards solid state.
Overcooking will result in a mass that will not spread evenly.
Transfer the cooked batter quickly onto the flat greased plate and with the ladle spread the batter to a thin sheet over the surface.
This has to be done very fast as the batter will thicken as it cools and become difficult to spread.
Using a knife make strips of this sheet. Roll each strip into spirals.
Place them in a separate dish.
If the batter has been cooked evenly and correctly, the strips will easily roll and not crack in the middle.
Heat another pan with oil, Splutter mustard, and sesame seeds. When they crackle pour them over the rolled khandvis.
Garnish with a generous sprinkling of fresh, grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves.
Some recipes suggest more curds but Lataji's friend used only equal quantity to the gram flour
When the batter is almost ready to be spread, it might coagulate in tiny masses.
Allow this to cool just about manageably warm. Too much cooling will thicken the mass and render it become unable to roll.
Anupama explains that making Khandvi involves 5 steps - Mixing, cooking, spreading, rolling, and Tempering (vaghar).
She advises having a clean and dry surface to spread the batter ready before we even attempt at making. Kitchen counter with granite will work perfectly, or else you can use a greased thali plate.
Makes - 30 rolls in 35 mins
Method to prepare:
For the batter:
Besan / Gram flour - 1 cup
Salt as per taste
Turmeric ¼ tsp
1 cup water + 2 cups sour buttermilk OR 1.5 cups sour yogurt/Dahi +
Water - 1.5 cups
Oil - 1 tbsp
Red chili powder - 1/4 tsp
1 green chili + ½ inch of grated ginger; both made into a very fine paste
Oil - 3 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 2 tsp
Asafetida / Hing - 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder - ½ tsp
Sesame seeds - 1 tsp
Coconut, grated or dry coconut powder - 1.5 tablespoon
Finely chopped Coriander - 2 tablespoons
Please refer to Anumpa's notes for the method.
Step By Step to Make Khandvi
Take 1/3 cup of the besan
Add ginger and green chili paste
Add turmeric powder and curds
Add abt 3/4 cup of water and mix well.
Beat till you get a liquid like this.
Heat a non stick pan with oil
On a medium flame, pour the batter to the pan.
Constantly keep stirring.
Till you get this glaze look on the top
Keep a big plate greased with oil ready, pour the batter over it.
Using a greased ladle immediately spread it evenly.
Allow it to cool for 5 minutes, before making marks with the knife vertically like above.
From one side, roll forward.
Continue rolling till you get to roll like this.
In another pan heat oil, splutter mustard, sesame seeds, pour over the rolls. Finally add the grated coconut, coriander leaves.
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