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Apr 26, 2009

Cilantro-Chickpea Fritters (Kottimeera Vadalu) (Not Deep-Fried)

Cilantro Fritters | Kottimeera Vadalu
Delicious Cilantro Fritters nested in aromatic Cilantro leaves

These are some yummy fritters I tried recently on one evening. They are instant (no grinding as I used canned chickpeas) and are ready in minutes. And the good thing is they aren’t deep-fried. Inspired by them, her and her I made these using the appam pan and it was a success. It took very little oil and turned out perfectly yummy. 

An Update: I used canned chickpeas for my recipe. If you wish to use dry chickpeas (garbanzo beans) soak them overnight before grinding. No need to boil or cook them! 

  • A bunch of Cilantro Leaves (Kottimeera)
  • 1 can of Chickpeas, drained and washed
  • 3 or 4 green Chilies
  • Some Oil
  • Salt
Note: Chickpeas can be replaced with chana dal (Bengal Gram, Pachi Senaga pappu) soaked for at least 6 hours.

  1. Grind cilantro + chickpeas + green chilies together into a thick paste adding very little water. Don’t worry if it gets too watery. Add little rice flour to the batter to make it thick. Adjust salt.
  2. Heat the appam pan and pour 1 tsp of oil in each groove. When the oil is hot, carefully drop spoonful of the batter (or just shape batches of batter into small patties and drop by hand) in each groove. Keep the flame on medium-low.
  3. After some time, when they turn golden brown on one side, carefully flip them to fry on the other side. Use a skewer (I used bamboo skewer) or a fork to flip the fritters.
  4. When both sides turn golden brown, transfer them to a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
  5. Enjoy these delicious, crunchy fritters with ketchup or any other desired chutney.

Cilantro Fritters | Kottimeera Vadalu


Lakshmi said... [Reply]

Vada's made healthy!!! they look soo good Uma. I have to try appam pan now..have been reading a lot about it

Unknown said... [Reply]

wow.. NIce & healthy Vada Uma.. looks perfect...

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Healthy vadais looks yummy!

Saritha said... [Reply]

Looks great and tasty uma:)

Subhie Arun said... [Reply]

looks grt n tasty uma....

Usha said... [Reply]

These vadais look fantastic and go into my must try recipe folder :-)

Shama Nagarajan said... [Reply]

looks yummy....nice one

Nandinis food said... [Reply]

Healthy green fritters! Nice presentation Uma!

Chitra said... [Reply]

healthy , yummy!!

Ramya Vijaykumar said... [Reply]

Healthy Vada, the color looks great should make a wonderful snack...

Finla said... [Reply]

I love the pictures, looks so beautiful and delicious.

Vishali said... [Reply]

Love the cilantro fritters Uma. Hope u had a nice weekend!

lubnakarim06 said... [Reply]

Oh wow health bhi...taste bhi....

Vrinda said... [Reply]

Sounds good and easy..Would be great as a tea time snack..

A_and_N said... [Reply]

the minute i saw not deep fried and fritters, i hit the bookmark button! lovely recipe Uma! they reminded me of falafel for a second :)

Gita Jaishankar said... [Reply]

Nice color, they look so yummy :)

Pooja said... [Reply]

Healthy and yummy vadas Uma..Nice presentation..

Sujatha said... [Reply]

Not deep frying sounds good! Love cilantro with anything.. bookmarking!

Purva Desai said... [Reply]

These are healthy and delicious fritters.....nice click

Mahimaa's kitchen said... [Reply]

wow.. yummy snack. looks very good. don't u have to boil the chickpea?

Pooja said... [Reply]

Healthy and looks delicious Uma :) Perfect snack!

Priyameena said... [Reply]

Making the fritters in a appam pan is a cool idea..Looks yummy!!nice click!!

Unknown said... [Reply]

wow uma perfect for the event,that to not deep fried great job yum yum

FH said... [Reply]

Looks beautiful sitting on the leaves! :)

Lavanya said... [Reply]

gorgeous vada uma..looks so nice..want to have it right away..iam drooling all over it..:)

Cham said... [Reply]

U made a beautiful nest with those vadas , yummy Uma.

Pavithra Elangovan said... [Reply]

Fantastic...No other words.Keep it up

Ashwini said... [Reply]

Healthy vadas.. Healthy and delicious..

Priya Sriram said... [Reply]

Thats a cute presentation Uma... And the vadas look sooo yummy! No deep-frying? Still better then!! :D

Vani said... [Reply]

Looks great in the cilantro bed, Uma! Pan fried fritters- can't gt better

Uma said... [Reply]

@Mahimaa, I used canned chickpeas so no need to boil or soak them again. If dry chickpeas are used they should be soaked overnight before grinding, but no need to boil them. I added the update in my post. :)

Archy said... [Reply]

wow, this is so simple an nice fat free snap Uma!! Great entry !!

Cilantro said... [Reply]

Thank you Uma for the wonderful entry. I love the first pic. Looks delicious. I will update when I post the roundup.

Indhu said... [Reply]

these are sooo awesome :)
healthy and delicious!

Unknown said... [Reply]

Looks like falafel with cilantro! And lovely green pictures . They look like eggs in a birds nest!

Sanghi said... [Reply]

Yummy colours and perfect uma..! Do check my blog for FIL season 2 details..!

Pavithra Kodical said... [Reply]

Healthy way to eat vada.I bet the vada might have tasted great with all those ingredients.

Savi-Ruchi said... [Reply]

I have heard a lot about the usage of appam pan for making vadas. seems like it is time to try soon.
coming to the vada, they look soo healthy..
good job Uma

Vibaas said... [Reply]

Nice evening snack. looks yummy.

chef and her kitchen said... [Reply]

yummy vadas uma...plz send me a batch..

Le @HC said... [Reply]

Nice entry for JFI, Uma. Looks so crunchy

KonkaniBlogger said... [Reply]

Wow, coriander and chana, cant go wrong with tht, and you even made them non-deep fry..Great recipe Uma!

Indrani said... [Reply]

Healthy vada...wow...cilantro & chana can't go wrong with that..lovely recipe, Uma

Ammu said... [Reply]

Healthy snack. Sounds simple with less ingredients. sure to try.

notyet100 said... [Reply]

looks so yummy nd healthy...

Anonymous said... [Reply]

These look really yummy Uma!

Deepa Hari said... [Reply]

Sounds simple and delicious Uma....Love the idea using aapam pan...Good one.

Chutneytales said... [Reply]

yummy and healthy fritters..will try for sure!

Malar Gandhi said... [Reply]

Kottimeera vada sounds so unique and nice to me. Must have been aromatic feast, right. I could settle this with nice hot filter coffee!:)

Deepthi Shankar said... [Reply]

that looks absolutely gorgeous with all the cilantro leaves

Laavanya said... [Reply]

I'm always looking for new things to make on this pan - that looks great - lovely idea.

AnuSriram said... [Reply]

Yummy vadas! Makes me remember falafels... Delicious!

Unknown said... [Reply]


Very innovative idea, only two days before i deep fried channa dal vada. Wished had checked your blog before.

Medhaa said... [Reply]

this is so innovative, love the pictures.

Vibaas said... [Reply]

uma, on your qn about mango thokku - it's supposed be taken with rice, but i usually finish it as it is :)

shaikh said... [Reply]

absulately yummy recipe and great idea. good. keep it up.

Red Chillies said... [Reply]

Love the twist with chickpeas Uma. Very nutritious as well.

Unknown said... [Reply]

Uma tried out with Channa dal and turned out great, have posted in my blog giving your link also.

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