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Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Appetizers"- Bakarwadi...Chitale Bandhu isstyle!

Nothing says more 'Puneri' (localite from Pune,Maharashtra,India) than a fan of 'Chitale Bandhu Bakarwadi'!
Chitale is this famous sweet mart in Pune.They have amazing desserts and maharashtrian snacks is countless varieties. When you visit their shop, you almost should spare a good 1/2 hour, because you might find a big queue ahead of you! They are particularly famous for 'Bakarwadi', which are kind of spicy,tangy, crispy rolls.
Since these days all my cravings go straight back to home...I was craving these wadis like crazy, the other day.But here in Ithaca, there isn't a way to get the wadis till you travel 3-4 hrs  to Subzi Mandi in New Jersey. As it is rightly said, "Necessity is the mother of Invention".....I set out to ...well not to invent ....but give it a try myself and make the Bakarwadis at home!! They were 'semi- succesfull', but they surely did satisfy my craving for few days as I was munching on these crispy wadis!!

For the Filling:

1/2 cup dry roasted grated coconut
1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
1/4cup Thin sev
1tsp Goda masala (maharashtrian curry powder)
1/2tsp garam masala
1/2tsp tamarind extract ( or use tamarind-jaggery chutney)
1tsp sugar (you can add more)
1/2tsp chili powder (depends on how spicy you want)

For the outer roll:
1cup All purpose flour
1tbsp gram flour
1/2tsp ajwain/owa seeds
1-2tsp oil
Oil for frying

1) Mix together all the ingredients of the filling and keep separately. It looks kind of coarse and dry.
2) Make a 'hard' dough with all purpose flour,gram flour, salt, oil and water.
3) Roll the dough into a 'chapati'.
4) Spread the coconut filling in thin layer over the chapati

5) Roll the chapati tightly into a roll and seal the edges with little water.

6) Cut the roll horizontally

7) Deep fry the rolls gently, without much 'agitation', on low to medium heat,till golden brown.
8) Drain welland store in airtight container.
Bite into these spicy, tangy, crispy rolls along with your cup of hot tea!

Problems I faced when making Bakarwadis: The semi succesfull attempt
1) Loose rolls
Solution: Roll the chapati as tightly as possible to get perfect wadis
2) Filling came out in oil
Solution: My mom suggested using some thick sugar syrup in the filling to help make it stick in the chapati.
another option isto make thick tamarind jaggery chutney and spread it on the chapati, before spreading the filling.
3) Rolls opening up when frying
Solution: Don't cut the rolls all the way through.Fry 5-6 wadis stuck together in oil and then separate them once out of the oil.

The next time I try these....they should surely be a winner!


  1. Pinu, please can u try making different recipes eggless cakes?
    TC sweetheart

  2. You are back with a bang! Awesome ga....bakarwadi...I would not even have imagined to make this! Rochester madhe milat asel na?

  3. @ Anusha...cakes hmmm...right now they are not in my 'fav' list.Haven't eaten one since 6 months now! But will try some recipes once I feel better!

  4. @Anjali, Aga I wouldn't have imagined making it at home myself.But when these 'Cravings' strike..you got to have it...by hook or by crook:)

  5. Hi Deepti,
    I use to love Bakarwadi. I always use to think it might be very difficult to prepare but its so easy and simple. I fried whole wadi first (to avoid filling coming out from it). But I fill tht frying cuts of rolls is better as oil can enter inside and wadi will be nicely fried.
    Your other option of applying sugar syrup or tamarind chutney works. Also I think adding more tamarind and sugar adds that Chitale style of goad, ambhat ani tikhat...

  6. Thats great Suvarna...I will try that myself too:)

  7. I just love this and have a craving for it...
    I never knew how its made until I came across this site..thank you soooo much and I will surely try it once..take care of all ur suggestions.

  8. I searched on net chitale bandhu bakarvadi so I got some of video.in that they use green chilli and coriander also.so if u add that also in saran u ll get closer taste of chitale band hu bhakavadi