It's been about a week since I've had the use of my stove, and with all that's been going on around here, I've been in desperate need of some kitchen therapy. When I was just about to have a total melt down the thought struck me, what about the microwave? That in itself is probably a measure of desperation since I mainly use my microwave to melt things, heat things quickly and warm buckwheat pillows. When I start turning to it for any sort of "serious" cooking I am indeed in trouble. However, there are some dishes that are just made for the microwave and Khandvi the popular Indian street food is one of them.
When we were in Artesia last month we ate (among a whole bunch of places) at the Surati Farsan Mart and amazing place that specialized in all sorts of tasty savories and sweets, among them khandvi. If you've never had them, Khandvi is a noodle made of besan (chickpea, aka garbanzo bean flour) curds or buttermilk and spices. Quickly cooked and set, the batter is cut into strips, rolled up and sprinkled with fresh coconut, cilantro, mustard seeds and chilies. It's the perfect finger food, and did I mention it's gluten free? Once we got back from LA I couldn't wait to give homemade khandvi a try. The day my stove broke seemed to present the perfect opportunity.
This popular Gujarati street food is very very easy to prepare and about the only tricky part is shaping the khandvi. It may take a couple of practice batches but once you get the feel for it, it's a snap. Trust me. It took me two tries to get the khandvi-making knack, but the third time was the charm and now I'm a khandvi rolling machine. All you need is a bag of garbanzo flour, and a tub of yogurt. And some mustard seeds. And some cilantro.
And some practice.