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Khandvi (Spicy Gram Flour Rollups)

 Published 2009-Jul-01   Updated 2018-Jan-29

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Surali Vadi, Suralichi Wadi, Spicy Gram Flour Rollups)

I had a major part of my schooling (almost 7 years) in Baroda in Gujarat. Those days were the best days of my life. Reminiscing those memories gives an extreme feel good factor. Gujarat is a culture rich state and the people of Gujarat are very warm, affectionate and extremely dignified. I just love the way how women are treated with great respect and dignity in every corner of the state. It is perhaps one of the fewest places in the country where women can walk safe even at 11 in the night.

Guajarati cuisine is an add on reason to fall in love with the place. Their dhokla, kaman, kachoris, mohandal, khakhra, thepla… (The list is endless) is just out of the world. Though Guajarati food is available now in almost every city in restaurants, the authentic taste can never be matched. One of my favorite item from the Guajarati cuisine is Khandvi, also known as Patuli or Dahivadi. In Maharashtra, this dish is also known as Suralichi vadi or patuli. It is commonly eaten as an appetizer or snack.

Preparation of this dish is easy in terms that only two ingredients namely gram flour and sour butter milk is required to make Khandvi. The method of preparation is not easy and requires some practice and patience. Since I love this dish quite a lot, I have tried many a times to get the perfect texture and visual appeal. This time it was a bang on perfect and hence I decided to share it with all of you. Khandvi also scores high in its nutritive value as it has the best combination of carbohydrates and protein. It is gluten free and is also high in its protein content. The steaming process also preserves the nutrient content and also consumes less amount of oil. The tempering of mustard seed and other spices added on top of the khandvi, apart from adding flavor and taste, also extracts the nutritional and medicinal benefits of the spices used. In all aspects Khandvi has all qualities of being one of the best appetizers in the Indian cuisine.

Recipe For Khandvi

Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Cooking Time : 30 minutes
Serves : 6


  • Gram Flour (Besan) - 1 cup
  • Yogurt - 1 cup
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Asafoetida - pinch
  • Ginger paste - 1/4 tsp
  • Green chili paste - 1/4 tsp (optional) 

For Tempering & Garnishing

  • Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Sesame Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Dry Red Chili - 1
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
  • Salt - to taste
  • Grated Coconut - 1 tbsp (for garnish)
  • Cilantro - for garnishing (finely chopped)


  1. Mix together the gram flour, ginger paste, green chili paste, turmeric powder, asafoetida and required salt.
  2. Add the yogurt and water gradually while stirring continuously to make a smooth paste.
  3. Transfer this to a pan and cook the mixture on medium low flame for about 10 minutes stirring continuously. (Note: There will be lot of splattering during the cooking process.)
  4. After the besan mixture is completely cooked and it becomes like a smooth paste, switch off the flame.
  5. Using a spatula take some of the mixture and spread it onto a smooth surface immediately. (It can be the back of a stainless steel plate, baking tray, cookie sheet or just an aluminium foil.) You need to be quick and spread while it is still hot.
  6. Let it cool for about 5 minutes.
  7. In the meantime heat a pan and make a seasoning of mustard seeds,sesame seeds, curry leaves and dry red chilly.
  8. Sprinkle half of the seasoning over the mixture.
  9. Cut into thin strips using a knife or a pizza cutter and roll up each strip into firm roll as shown in the picture.
  10. Arrange the rolls in a serving dish, garnish with the remaining seasoning, finely chopped cilantro and grated coconut. Enjoy!!


  • To check if the batter is properly cooked, spread a small amount of batter on a plate and leave for a minute to cool down. If it can be peeled out easily the batter is properly cooked.
  • If sour butter milk is not available, add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice to the normal butter milk and sour butter milk is ready for use.


  • An alternative method to spreading on a flat surface will be to press the cooked batter in a sev mould to make it like noodles and then add the tempering and garnishing. This also tastes heavenly.
  • Also, instead of cooking on stove top, you can also cook the mixture in the microwave for 5 minutes stirring after every minute.

Serving Khandvi

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Comments (22)

Person   ()
can these be frozen please, cant wait to make them
Person   ()
A very tasty Dish, have eaten in shops outside, but I am soon going to try this recipe at home:)
Thanks for the share
Person   ()
Try it out. Its quite simple to make.
Person   ()
Can we replace yogurt with something??
Person   ()
Unfortunately no.
Person   ()
A vegan friend sent me this snack made with only water. I was also surprised but in taste it was great. You may try it.
Person   ()
Is it. Need to try.
Person   ()
Thank you Dahlia for the step by step recipe! Growing up, we always helped in spreading the batter but never paid attention to the cooking part. Thanks to you, I’ll try it now. And thanks for your kind words about Gujaratis too 😊
Person   ()
You are welcome.. I am a South Indian but love all Gujarathi snacks.
Person   ()
Yes, a vegan friend of mine makes it with only water. For sourness she adds lime juice. I have tasted it and it is a bit different in taste but just as good.
Person   ()
Ok. Thanks for sharing. Will be helpful for vegans.
Person   ()
Amazing.. I used to love eating this as a kid,but it never occurred to me that I could prepare it at home..anyway, I did and I used the exact same proportion of the suggested ingredients and it turned out perfect in the first attempt!
This will be a staple at home now :)
I am a new fan! Can't wait to try out the other recipes
Person   ()
Wow. Pratima. Glad to have you. Do check out and try out the other recipes too.
Person   ()
This site is best for simple indian recipes.i like this site so much .
Can i get recipes to my e-mail.
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This site is best for simple indian recipes.i like this site so much .
Can i get recipes to my e-mail.
Person   ()
What will be d portion size or serving if we use d exact amounts as given here?
Person   ()
u will have enough for a family of 4..
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I willl try it soon thanks
Person   ()
Try it and give ur comments.
Person   ()
this is a lovely stuff my family likes it very much. i purchase it from tip top store. we get a very nice stuff from this shop.
Person   ()
It is a tasty dish.

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Old Comments

Comment by ruchi agrawal
        nice explanation of this recipe, one suggestion for you try to put some more photos of the making process it will help in more easy explanation of your recipes....:)
Reply :-
       Thanks Ruchi. I've included a powerpoint with all the steps for many recipes. Will try to include for the rest of the recipes too. 

Comment by Tamil Selvi
        I want to know that khandvi receipies i.e mixture are boiled in water or how it is cook
Reply :-
           I dint get your question Tamil.

Comment by Renu Poojary
        My folks lovd it... 
Reply :-
           Wow ! Thats so nice to hear.

Comment by Nanditha G on 08 December 2009 01:38AM
        Hi Dahlia,
Firstly, you have such an amazingly organized website! Kudos to you!
I tried the khandvi recipe today and I must say that the taste was perfect! I made a small error, i.e., I did not spread it thin enough, but I have learned :). Thanks for your painstaking efforts to give us your recipes.
Reply :-
           Thanks for all those encouraging words nandhita!!! Keep trying all the recipes.

Comment by NEETI GAKHAR on 27 August 2009 06:58AM

Reply :-
          Hi Neeti, You can browse around and you'll find lots of recipes suitable for both your son and your hubby,

Comment by Niveditha Ramalingam on 02 July 2009 04:19AM

          I have this recipe stored in my bookmark for a loooooong time....but never tried out of fear of the meticulousness involved...looks drool worthy:))
Reply :-
          Do try it Nivi. Its not that difficult.

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