Friday, February 5, 2010

Authentic Methi Gota / Pakoda (Gram Flour - Fenugreek/Spinach/Cilantro Fritters)

Methi Na Gota: These are one of the most authentic (Indian) Gujarati snacks or "farsan" (Snacks as we call "Farsan" in Gujarati). You will find this on the menu of any farsan-selling store in Gujarat, Mumbai too and now at home during winters and monsoons with a nice cup of Hot Ginger Tea. These gotas are made only from fresh fenugreek leaves for that authentic taste, I prefer that as well. The most famous gotas are from Dakor (Dakor is - hence are called Dakor na gota. Very Easy to make these little tasty fritters. This special "Methi Na Gota" goes directly to Yasmeen for hosting Health Nut Challenge- 4 Bitter Better Health.

Know what you eat: 
Channa Dal(Bengal gram) is very high in protein and very low in glycemic index. Fenugreek leaves "FL" and seeds are nature’s gift to mankind. This wonder herb is rich in minerals like Potassium, Calcium, and Iron also have good dietary fiber and are abundant in Vitamin C and Vitamin K.

  • Fenugreek leaves add flavor and zest to your cooking and you can add fenugreek leaves to any kind of cooking that involves legumes, vegetable, rice, or whole_wheat flour . Ensure that the leaves are washed well before cooking.

  • These leaves also have exceptional medicinal uses and can be used as a beauty aid as well. "FL" paste applied on palms and soles alleviates burning sensation.

  • A cup of fenugreek leaves decoction added to honey and a teaspoon of ginger powder clears the phlegm and cures cough.

  • "FL" consumed regularly tones your respiratory system, nervous system, reproductive system and neuromuscular system.

  • Fenugreek leaf powder significantly increases the antioxidant system in diabetics.

  • Fresh "FL" paste and coconut milk applied over the scalp is believed to prevent hair-loss, promote hair growth, preserve its natural color, delay graying of hair and make it silky soft.

Now lets talk about the recipe: Hummm ... have all the three greens in this recipe.

 1-1/2 C besan
1/4 C wheat flour
2 Tbsp rava (semolina)
2 C freshly chopped fenugreek
1/2 C freshly chopped coriander
1/2 C freshly chopped spinach
1 tsp ginger - green chilies paste or semi crushed
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/3 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1 tsp garam masala
2 tsp sesame seeds
5-7 whole peppers- semi crushed ( for this dish you need semi-crushed)
10-15 Whole Coriander Seeds - semi crushed (For this dish you need semi - crushed)
1/4 th tsp soda bi carb (baking soda) OR Eno - fruit Salt
salt & sugar to taste (Mine are on the sweeter side)
oil for frying ( Not a big oil fan, but for some Authentic Gujarati dishes, I try & avoid alterations)

1. Mix the besan (gram flour) wheat flour & rava, Add all the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT SODA / ENO and mix well.
2. Now add washed & chopped fenugreek & coriander, little water to make a thick batter make sure there are no lumps (the consistency should be slightly thick than that of dosa batter)
3. Let this mixture sit for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, Heat the oil on high, in a wok or fryer.
4. Add soda bi carb / Eno just before frying and mix well.
5. As the oil is heated take some 3- 4 tsp of hot oil and add this to the batter (this makes the gotas crunchier and fluffier)
6. Slowly, add a tablespoon of the mix to the heated oil and fry it till it turns golden brown allover. Simultaneously fry 4-5 gotas at a time.
7. Remove and drain on a napkin/tissue paper so that excess oil is been soaked if any...
8. Now serve with Sweet Tamarind & Date Chutney ....Originally its served with yogurt chutney but it goes very well with coriander chutney / ketchup too.

This dish is our contribution to SWC- Cooking with greens event.
This dish goes to
Sunday Snacks - Chaats/Indian Street Food, hosted by Pallavi WYF Fried Snack Event


Vaishali said...

Fenugreek, spinach and cilantro-- you have all my favorite flavors in there. Those pakodas are exactly what I need right now-- thanks for the recipe!

Cham said...

They are delicous looking, we call them medu pakoda!

Kalyani said...

pakoda looks delicious ... picture looks great

Unknown said...

this is such an interesting recipe with the 3 greens,,,looks yumm..thanks for sending it for the event.

Dhanya Ganesh said...

First time here. You have a lovely blog.Pakoda looks yummy and crunchy:).

Parita said...

I love methi na gotas..was searching for this recipe..thanks for sharing..they look just perfect!!!

lubnakarim06 said...

Wow so many flavours......Pakoda look yum...Lovely header dear...

Unknown said...

Thanks You Vaishali, Cham, Kalyani,Sowmya,Dhanya,Parita,KitchenFlavours, all for your comments..Do keep visiting for more tasty & healthy recipes

Cilantro said...

Great tea time snack with Fenugreek, spinach and cilantro-all my fav greens.

Uma said...

looks so yummy! Those are healthy with methi in them :)

Mangala Bhat said...

Hey Thanks soo much for stopping by ..lovely space u have wonderful recipes ..hey Keep visitng .happy cooking

Lisa Turner said...

I could not resist these little delights. Fenugreek is one of my favorites for sure.

Priya Suresh said...

Delicious the addition of methi leaves, my favourite greens..

Renus Kitchen said...

Lovely recipe.....the weather is just perfect here in CA for these pakodas.....

regarding Moong Vadis...yes, it sold under the same name. I currently have "Sona" brand. Have added more info on vadis to my blog....

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Nice way to incorporate and get everyone to eat some greens. :)
With the monsoons around the corner (I hope) this shall be made soon for tea one evening.

EC said...

Healthy snack..thanks for the entry

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