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Kurdai chi bhaji (कुरडईची भाजी) is a very popular Maharashtrian recipe, mainly because it’s so delicious. Besides, kurdai chi bhaji is quick and easy to make. I make kurdai chi bhaji when I run out of vegetables and meat and my fridge is totally empty. It’s healthy, filling, and kids friendly too.

what is kurdai?

what is kurdai

If you are not familiar with kurdai, here is what it is. Kurdai is very popular among the Maharashtrians. Kurdai is a sun-dried string hopper. It is made with fermented wheat extract. It is a very lengthy and tedious process to make kurdai from scratch, which is why I always get them made to order in bulk. Since they are sun-dried, kurdai stays good for two years when stored properly. Kurdai is considered as a kind of papad or you can say it comes under the category of papads.

Kurdai is fried and had as an accompaniment with meals. It puffs up a lot upon frying. It has a very light texture and a nice subtle flavor and taste. Kurdai is rich source of protein, especially gluten. Making kurdai chi bhaji is a another good use of kurdai.

how to prepare kurdai bhaji

kurdai chi bhaji marathi zatpat bhaji recipe

Since kurdai is sun-dried, it’s hard. So kurdai needs to be soaked in hot water for 5 minutes. The strings of kurdai detach from one another. You then strain the kurdai and use it to make sabzi.

For the tempering, I have used sme cumin and plenty or garlic and onions. The garlic lends the kurdai chi bhaji a delectable flavour and the onions bring in the gentle sweetness. For ground spices, I have used only turmeric and byadgi red chili. Byadgi red chili has a vibrant red color and it also has a much better flavour than kashmiri chili or the regular hot chili. So try to get byadgi mirchi for this recipe. You can use it in everyday cooking and it ill make your food taste better than usual.

Some people like to add garam masala, kala, masala, or goda masala. they also add tomatoes, green chilies, and ginger, but I personally feels that so many ingredients overpower the light flavours of the kurdai. So I have kept this kurdai chi bhaji recipe very simple.

So if you are looking for a marathi style zatpat bhaji recipe for lunch, kurdai is a way to go.

If you are looking for more Maharashtrian recipes, do check these out – kadhi recipe, masala khichdi, khandeshi shev bhaji, masala urad dal, bharli vangi, and bharli karli.

Now let’s take a look at the kurdai chi bhaji ingredients and preparation.

how to make kurdai chi bhaji

kurdai chi bhaji | kurdai bhaji recipe
 
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kurdai chi bhaji is a zatpat marathi style bhaji recipe made from sun-dried string hoppers made from fermented wheat extract. It is a very easy and quick side dish for chapathi that you can make when you want a quick fix lunch.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Kurdai - 7-8, medium size
  • Hot water - to soak the kurdai
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Garlic - 2 tbsp, roughly chopped
  • Onions - 1 & ½ cups, finely chopped
  • Salt - to taste
  • Turmeric - ¼ tsp
  • Byadgi red chili - 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. To make kurdai chi bhaji, take enough hot water in a pot. The water should be boiling hot but the flame of the stove should be off. Drop in the kurdai and cover the pot.
  2. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
  3. You will see the kurdai strands have separated and softened. It should not be completely mushy. It should have a bite.
  4. Strain the kurdai. Set it aside.
  5. Now, heat oil in a kadhai or a pan. Once hot, add in the cumin seeds. Let them sizzle for few seconds.
  6. Tip in the garlic and saute it on low flame until it turns golden brown.
  7. Add in the onions. Saute until they turn golden.
  8. Add in the turmeric and byadgi red chili. Add very little salt, just enough to season the onions. The kurdai already has salt in it.
  9. Give it a stir.
  10. Add in the strained kurdai and mix gently.
  11. Cover the kadhai/pan and cook the kurdai on low flame for 2-3 minutes so that it absorbs the flavours of the spices.
  12. The kurdai won't look white anymore once it has been cooked properly with the spices. Garnish the kurdai chi bhaji with coriander leaves.
  13. Kurdai chi bhaji recipe is ready. Serve hot with phulka or chapathi with some chili pickle and khuransni chi chutney (niger seeds chutney). Enjoy!

 

kurdai chi bhaji recipe with step by step pictures below


Step 1

To make kurdai chi bhaji, take enough hot water in a pot. The water should be boiling hot but the flame of the stove should be off. Drop in 7-8 medium sized kurdai.

making kurdai chi zatpat bhaji


Step 2

Cover the pot. Let it stand for 5 minutes.

making kurdai chi zatpat bhaji


Step 3

You will see the kurdai strands have separated and softened. It should not be completely mushy. It should still have a bite.

making kurdai chi bhaji


Step 4

Strain the kurdai. Set it aside.

making kurdai chi bhaji


Step 5

Now, heat 2 tbsp peanut oil in a kadhai or a pan. Once hot, add in 1 tsp cumin seeds. Let them sizzle for few seconds.

making kurdai bhaji recipe


Step 6

Tip in 2 tbsp roughly chopped garlic and saute it on low flame until it turns golden brown.

making kurdai bhaji recipe


Step 7

Add in 1 & 1/2 cups finely chopped onions. Saute until they turn golden.

making kurdai bhaji


Step 8

Add in 1/4 tsp turmeric and 1 tsp byadgi red chili. Add very little salt, just enough to season the onions. The kurdai already has salt in it.

making kurdai bhaji recipe


Step 9

Give it a stir.

making kurdai chi bhaji recipe


Step 10

Add in the strained kurdai.

making kurdai chi bhaji recipe


Step 11

Mix gently.

making kurdai chi bhaji recipe


Step 12

Cover the kadhai/pan and cook the kurdai on low flame for 2-3 minutes so that it absorbs the flavours of the spices.

kurdai chi bhaji marathi zatpat bhaji recipe


Step 13

The kurdai won’t look white anymore once it has been cooked properly with the spices. Garnish the kurdai chi bhaji with 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves.

kurdai chi bhaji marathi zatpat bhaji recipe


Step 14

Kurdai chi bhaji recipe is ready. Serve hot with phulka or chapathi with some chili pickle and khuransni chi chutney (niger seeds chutney). Enjoy!

marathi zatpat bhaji kurdai chi bhaji recipe

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