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Crispy, Spicy, and Delicious Methi Fritters
These methi pakoras or gota, or fritters made with fenugreek leaves and chickpea flour, are a popular snack from the Gujarat region of India.
Fenugreek leaf, or methi, is a known source of dietary fiber, iron, protein, phosphorous, vitamins, and calcium. It has a unique aroma, and dishes that feature it are healthy, slightly bitter, and tasty.
Chickpea flour (gram flour) contains protein, carbohydrate, and dietary fiber. It has little fat content. Snacks made with chickpea flour are delicious.
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- 2 teaspoons medium-grain semolina
- 8 teaspoons (heaped) gram flour (chickpea flour/besan)
- 1/2 cup packed fenugreek (methi leaves), washed, pat-dried, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup yogurt or thick curd, medium sour
- 1/6 teaspoon baking soda or fruit salt
- 3 small green chilies, finely chopped
- Small piece ginger, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon carom seeds
- 1/6 teaspoon asafoetida (hing powder)
- 1/4 cup or less water, or as needed
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, powder or crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- salt to taste
- oil for deep-frying
- Dry-roast semolina/rava in a pan for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
- Wash fenugreek leaves. Pat dry them and roughly chop them. Put them in a mixing bowl.
- Add chickpea flour, roasted semolina, yogurt, chopped green chilies, chopped ginger, carom seeds, coriander seeds, crushed black pepper, hing powder, baking soda, water, sugar, and salt to the same bowl.
- Gently mix them. The batter should be semi-solid. Set aside for 15 minutes.
- After that, mix it once again. Don't make the batter too loose.
- Drop 1 teaspoon full of the batter into the hot oil. Make 6-8 such fritters in a batch.
- Fry them in medium hot oil until they become golden brown. Remove the pakoras on an absorbent paper towel.
- Repeat the same for making all the fritters.
- Serve methi pakora (gota) hot with chutney. You can also eat them with a cup of hot coffee or tea. Enjoy!