Friday, February 18, 2011

Methi na Gota / Fenugreek Pakoras

One of the more typical Gujarati pakodas, methi na gota are small spicy nuggets of bitter, spicy and a hint of sweet. Fresh methi leaves (fenugreek) are mixed with gram flour (besan) and spices to make a dough which is then deep fried. These also go into Undhiyu, the famous Gujarati mixed vegetable dish. Peanut oil is the best frying oil but any other oil you have in the house is fine too.

Ingredients:

1 bunch fresh methi about 1 cup after plucking leaves
3/4 cup besan (gramflour)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin - coriander powder (dhania-jeera)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Oil to fry
Water to bind
Salt

Wash the methi leaves well to remove all dirt and debris. Add besan, salt, sugar and spices along with water to make a batter. The consistency of this batter is not as tight as kanda bhaji but not as loose as childa. Heat oil in a wok and add some of this hot oil to the batter. This makes the gotas light and spongy without the need for baking soda. To check if the oil is the right temperature to cook, add a small amount of batter in oil. If it bubbles up and rises to surface in the oil, the oil is ready to cook. This also helps check the seasoning in the gota, taste the cooked gota and adjust spice and salt as needed. 

Put few small spoonfuls of batter in the oil at a time. Do not crowd the wok. Too many gotas at a time will bring down the temperature of oil and gotas will absorb oil. Cook the gotas on medium heat so they cook thoroughly from the inside. Increase heat if the oil starts to cool. Cook till the gotas are golden brown on the outside.

Serve the hot gota's with coriander chutney, tamarind chutney or enjoy them just as they are!   

17 comments:

Laavanya said...

Those methi pakoras look terrific. Love the yummy recipes you have on your blog.. hope to be back often.

Madhavi said...

Oh I love this gota..mast mast :))

Priya said...

So crispy and healthy pakoras, feel like munching some..

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Haelthy Pakoda,luks very nice....

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious to snack

Simply Life said...

wow, looks great!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Methi na gota looks to be too crispy and delicious.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Prathibha said...

Love them...looks very crispy n yummy..

Kalpana Sareesh said...

crispy ones ..good dish

Whataflix said...

yummmy.... i am loving it!!! it is best street food from india.

Archana said...

Lovely. Long time since I have had Undhiyu!

aipi said...

Delicious..fried food is always so comforting :)

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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, they look superb !!!

divya said...

looks fantastic. Superb!!! :)

Kannan said...

Very nice post.

Vandana Rajesh said...

Pakoras looks so tasty..just right for the cold weather.

Rajani@eatwritethink said...

hi my first time here... nice space you have here, and I am drooling over the pakodas!

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