Monday, 9 June 2014

Paatvadya : Microwave recipe

Besan squares : Paatvadya are basically small vadis ( squares like a patty ) which make a great tea-time snack. I remember my mother giving me these vadis in tiffin for breakfast as kids. They are a much healthy option than to snack in chips or any fried items and well, they taste delicious. The traditional way of cooking paatvadi is on stovetop, but recently i saw a post from my friend Prabha Iyer on her blog ( ) of making khandvi in microwave. I have made paatvadis the traditional way earlier (i shall upload that recipe too sometime soon when i make them after these finish ), but decided to try the same recipe of khandvi for paatvadis. And believe me, as experimental as it may sound, they have turned out super flavourful with a hint of tanginess ( due to the curd added ).

These vadis can be eaten along with any spicy chutney  or some even make a daal out of it ( Paatvadi-amti as we say in Marathi ). Well, for this time,  as pleasant as they are looking, i would want to eat them as it is. You can add red chilli powder to the paste while putting the mixture in microwave. I was not sure of the spiciness of the chilli paste, hence i didn't add it to the mixture but sprinkled red chilli powder on top. Another important ingredient of Paatvadi is grated dried or fresh coconut. I didn't have it handy, but you can sprinkle it on top if you have it fresh or dry roast it and add to the mixture before putting it in microwave.

Ingredients :

Besan( Gram flour ) - 1 n half cup
Curd - 1 n half cup
Corriander leaves - to sprinkle
Oil - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tbsp
red chilli powder - to sprinkle ( if adding to the mixture, add about 1 tsp )
Garlic-green chilli paste- I used about 2 tsp of thecha( ) that i had.
Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt - to taste
Oil - to grease a plate

Recipe :

Sift Besan and remove all lumps.
Beat the curd, so that no lumps remain. Add about 1 cup of water to it and mix well.

In a microwave safe bowl, add this curd mixture, besan , asafoetida, turmeric powder and salt. Mix it all well.

Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Stir the mixture well twice after every 1 n half minute.

After 5 minutes, remove from microwave, and add about 1/2-1 cup of water and mix it well and make a smooth paste.

Microwave again on high for 5 minutes.

Grease a plate with oil. You can sprinkle some corriander leaves and grated/shredded coconut if you have. Now put the mixture in the plate and with a spatula or a flat spoon, spread it evenly.

Let it cool and cut them in squares.

Heat about 2 tbsp oil and add 1 tbsp mustard seeds. When they splutter, add this tempering on top of the cut-squares. Sprinkle some corriander leaves on top. Since i didn't add chilli powder to the mixture, i sprinkled some on top.

Yummy easy snack is ready :)

Happy Cooking :)

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