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In a large microwave-safe bowl mix together the besan flour, the asafoetida, and the turmeric.
Add in salt to taste I usually add in about 1 tsp. When the batter is mixed check it and see if you need more.
Stir in 1 cup of yogurt.
Mix everything together well. The one thing you want to avoid in making this batter is lumps. Try to get it as smooth as possible.
When the yogurt is thoroughly incorporated, add in 1 cup of water.
Blend everything together well.
When the batter is nice and smooth, pop it into your microwave for 1 and 1/2 minutes.
When it's done, take it out and mix it together well, smoothing out any lumpy parts. Make sure you scrape the sides of the bowl. You want it to be smooth so that it cooks through
While the batter is cooking in the microwave, spread a couple of long pieces of tin foil out on a counter or work surface. Set them aside.
After you've smoothed the batter again, put it back into the microwave for another 1 and 1/2 minutes. Take it out again and give it another smoothing beating. You can use a mixer if you need to.
Pop it back in the microwave for another 1 and 1/2 minutes. When you take it out for the final time, whip it again. It'll be thick but try to get it as smooth as you can.
Now, this is the only tricky part where it's important to work fast, as the batter will start to firm up and set. With a spoon, drop a strip of batter along the edge of one of the sheets of tin foil.
Take a flat edged spatula and spread the strip of batter down the foil, almost as though you were plastering a wall.
Drop another strip next to the one you just spread, and then spread that one too. Keep doing this until the foil is covered with a thin smear of the batter. Let the batter set for 5 minutes.
The traditional way of doing this is to grease the back of a thali (large steel serving plate) and spread the batter on it. I used foil which makes it easier to clean up afterwards, and is easy to get
Once your batter has dried, take a knife and trim off the ragged tops and sides. This will make them even and easier to cut and roll.
Cut long strips down the length of the batter on the foil.
With the tip of your knife lift up the top edge of the strip and start rolling, gently.
...until you have a nice khandvi.
When you feel it's the right bite size, cut it and place it on a serving plate. Keep doing this until all the batter has been cut and rolled.
When all the khandvi have been rolled, arrange them nicely on a serving plate. Sprinkle them with the grated coconut.
And then add on the chopped fresh cilantro.
Now for the chaunk, or tempering. In a small skillet heat 1 Tbs of vegetable or coconut oil.
When the oil is hot, toss in 1 tsp of brown mustard seeds.
Add in the serrano chili split down the middle.
When the mustard seeds start to pop, pour everything over the khandvi on the platter.
And serve it up.
There they are, a delicious finger food. A little bit of practice and you'll be rolling these little buggers easily and in no time. You'll love them and your gluten free friends will love you for it.