Instant Microwave Khandvi (Suralichi Wadi)

What is known as Khandvi in Gujarat, and Suralichi Wadi in Maharashtra, is an extremely popular Indian snack. Its like a savoury swiss-roll, made from chickpea flour,spices and sour buttermilk, then topped with a splash of coriander, coconut and sesame seeds. For most people who have only relished it in Snack shops, Khandvi seems to be a very tough recipe; actually, the traditional cook-top method did require monitoring and technique. But with this microwave-recipe, it is easy to make Khandvi whenever you want, and in practically half the original time. The key to making good Khandvi is the exact proportion of ingredients, and the final test which determines if the mixture is cooked or not! So all those of you who have been intimidated by this recipe before, read on and discover the easiest recipe for the best Khandvi, aka Suralichi Wadi ever!

I'm sending this platter of Khandvi to Ruth, who's hosting MM-Sensational Sides event this month.

1 cup besan (chickpea flour)
2.5 cup sour buttermilk
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

For Tempering
1/4 cup grated coconut
1/4 cup fresh cilantro - chopped
2 small green chillies - chopped finely
2 tbsp oil
2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp sesame seeds

Prepare 4 medium-sized flat steel dinner plates (upside-down), or use a large pizza plate covered with aluminium foil. You can even use a large cutting board, wrapped with aluminium foil.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the besan, buttermilk, turmeric, asafoetida and salt making sure there are no lumps. Cook the mixture by microwaving for 30-45 second spurts and stirring after each interval.

repeat this procedure for about 4-5 times. After the 4th time, check to see if the mixture appears to be thick enough. Then perform the Test to see if it's done.

Smear a small amount (teaspoonful) of the mixture on a steel plate and let it cool for a few seconds. Try rolling it off the surface. If it comes off easily and can be rolled, it is ready. If it sticks to the plate even after cooling, or breaks when you try to roll it, cook it for some more time.

Once done, evenly spread the mixture onto the upturned plates and spread it thinly, using a spatula. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes or so.

Use a blunt knife to gently cut the sheet into 1 inch wide strips. Then gently roll each strip into a tight roll. Finish with all the rolls and arrange them in a serving bowl. Set in the refrigerator till its time to serve.

Meanwhile, take oil for tempering, add the mustard seeds to it and allow to splutter. Add the sesame seeds, cilantro and shredded coconut. Remove from heat and mix everything together.

Sprinkle this onto the Khandvi rolls and serve!

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Anonymous said...

Hi Mansi

I came across your blog a couple of weeks back. And I stepped into this Food World last month.

You have build such a great place here. I wonder where you get all the time and perseverance.Wonderful recipes and your desserts make me salivate even if I am not too much of a dessert person. You have one of the few best blogs I have come across. Will add you to my links, and I will keep visiting here:-)


Sangeeth said...

oh mansi u r great..u r keeping us busy even when u r not here. cool girl! hope u r having fun with ur vacation :)

Mahek said...

Thanks Mansi
as you said i never made it on the stove top with the fear that it might not turn out well
but i have got to try this recipe
its my sons favorite dish
Thanks again

mitr_bayarea said...


You do introduce lots of dishes to your readers...never heard of khandvi being from Chennai, but, this looks so yummy.

anudivya said...

That was so simple! Looks so cute though...

Vanamala Hebbar said...

mansi this looks wonderful khandvi ..iam sure must be v tasty

Geeta Kakade said...

Love eat of course...haven't thought of making it myself. Didn't know it could be this simple. This recipe goes on my RTT list...Recipes To Try.

Bhawana said...

I have never tried this so far. added to my favourites. will try this soon.

spadamchrist said...

Steaming in cooker is quite easy ..Put some water in the cooker and put some stainless steel like base. If you don't have that even, you can put 4 empty spoons that can act as a base. Put the container with the prepared mixture above those spoons/base. put the lid with whistle and sim the gas. Withing half an hour the dish will be ready.

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Jayashree said...

I was under the impression that khandvi was quite difficult to make. You make it seem so simple to do it in the mw.

Vani said...

What a lovely recipe, Mansi! Did not realize khandvi could be this simple :)

SMN said...

Manasi kandvi is my personal fav ..looks very yu.

Mansi said...

hey guys! I'm glad there are so many khandvi-lovers around! hope this simpler version helps you indulge more often:)

Rads said...

Hi Mansi,

Thanks for this wonderful recipe. I tried it yesterday and it turned out very well. When I told my mom she couldn't believe that it was so simple to make. Thanks to you and this great recipe. I absolutely adore your blog. Hope you are having a good time vacationing!

Mansi said...

Rads - so glad you folks liked it! I'm back from my vacation - it was very relaxing and enjoyable! now I'm back on track with work:)

Meeta K. Wolff said...

Lovely entry Mansi! I've never actually made this but you do make it sound easy!

Ruth Strong said...

This looks delicious!!!! A great entry to the mingle, thank you!

Reem Khan said...

Hi, tried this out for my Coffee Morning. Turned out wonderful. Thanx.

What I love most about Khandvi is the surprise on people's faces, 'how did u roll this slinky stuff?'
Am waiting for that look tom. morning.

And 1 suggestion, if you don't want to get into washing plates (also its not easy to have so many ready and the edges in a round spread go waste), use Al. foil instead.

Have a large one ready on the kitchen counter and spread the mixture with a flat spatula in a big rectangle. Then its much easier to cut the strips and there is no wastage, no washing up too. Just tried it and was so thrilled as there was not much clearing up also.

Thanx once again!