This was supposed to be my first Indian Cooking Challenge-Khandvi recipe for January 2011. Recipe courtsey Lata Raja of Flavours and Tastes. Just waited for the formalities to come through!:-)
This was a favourite, after a shopping expedition at General Bazaar, Secunderabad. One of those area's dominated by the business communities usually from Rajasthan and Gujarat. A small spice shop, but by no means 'weak', presided over by bejewelled, disdainful looking matron, giving orders: a snapshot of such establishments across the country. This shop carries, regular spices, exotic-spices, nuts, all kinds of toffees/candies, weighed and packaged in the store's polythene bag, and among other things, fresh packs of Dhokla and Khandvi.
This recipe works as a wonderful, cold appetizer. It cooks a batter of spiced chickpea flour into a smooth, thick, paste. Immediately spreads it onto a smooth surface, into a thin layer. Lets it cool, cuts the thin layer into strips, and rolls them up into 'cigars'. Then the Indian technique of releasing a bouquet of spices gives the finishing touch: tempering with mustard, cummin, sesame seeds, green and dried red chillies, curry leaves, and a garnish of fresh coriander and scraped/ grated coconut.
1 cup water
2 teaspoons ginger - green chilli paste
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
3 tablespoons cooking oil
For tempering and garnishing:
2 teaspoons cooking oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons grated coconut
2 tablespoons chopped fresh corriander leaves
Grease the bottom of a large cookie sheet or a flat surface, lined with aluminium foil.
Seive the chickpea flour
Make into a thin, smooth, lump-free batter mixing all the ingredients.
Heat this batter in a pan and stir continuosly,
Stir vigorously as the batter thickens.
the batter should be semi-solid batter
Spread it immediately onto the greased surface in an even thin layer.
The batter should remain warm or else will coagulate as it cools and will not spread.
Let it cool,
Score the layer with a sharp knife into strips about 1 1/2 inches wide
Roll them up into 'cigars' onto a separate serving platter
Heat oil to a smoking point,
Temper with mustard, cummin and sesame seeds and chillies,
Pour over the rolled chickpea cigars
Serve with a garnish of coconut.