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Methi Na Gota

At this time of winter, it is pleasure to have hot Methi gota with a fried chili and cup of tea. It is very popular snack from Gujarat. You will find these methi pakoda in every shop which sells snacks aka ‘Farsan’ in Gujarat. Apart from winter, it tastes best in monsoon. When it’s raining, you will see a big crowd at stalls.

For those who doesn’t know, methi is fenugreek leaves and gota means pakoda or fritters. So methi na gota = fenugreek leaves pakoda = fenugreek leaves fritters.

Today I am sharing with you these delicious Methi na Gota. So from now you can make them at home and they taste exactly same as store bought. These mouthwatering methi gota are light and fluffy and spongy from inside and crunchy from outside.

Methi Na Gota

There are so many people who make this at home. And usually their procedure is mix all dry ingredient and then add water to make batter. By doing it this way, they won’t be as fluffy as store bought, they become little dense.

So I found this different way of making batter which gives you very light and fluffy gota. My procedure is totally opposite than usual household procedure. I mix wet first then add flour to it to make batter.

It is very important to add hing (asafetida) and carom seeds (Ajwain) to this methi na gota recipe. Because gota made from besan (chickpea flour) which is heavy. So please do not skip these two ingredients for easy digestion.

Adapted from – Gujarati Cooking Show on TV

Step by step recipe for Gujarati methi na gota:

1) Take water and 1 tablespoon of oil in a bowl. Mix it well.
Methi Na Gota - Gujarati methi pakora Recipe

2) Then add baking soda, salt, sugar, asafetida, crushed peppercorns & coriander seeds, carom seeds and green chilies. Mix it very well.
Methi Na Gota - Gujarati methi pakora Recipe

3) Then add washed, chopped fenugreek leaves.
Methi Na Gota - Gujarati methi pakora Recipe

4) Mix it properly.
Methi Na Gota - Gujarati methi pakora Recipe

5) Now add chickpea flour (besan).
Methi Na Gota - Gujarati methi pakora Recipe

6) Mix it and make sure there are no lumps. I have used wire whisk to beat it and made lump free batter. It should be thick.
Methi Na Gota - Gujarati methi pakora Recipe

7) Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat for deep frying.Once oil is hot enoughDrop small balls in the oil using your hand or with help of two spoons. Make sure that you drop medium sized batter in hot oil, because while it is frying then will puff up and get bigger in size.
Methi Na Gota - Gujarati methi pakora Recipe

8) Do not touch them for at least 40 seconds after dropping batter otherwise they will break. After some time move them around and fry till they become golden brown. Remove them on paper towel line dish.
Methi Na Gota - Gujarati methi pakora Recipe

I served methi na gota with some fried chilies and cup of tea for dear husband and a cup of coffee for me. It was our breakfast on Sunday in this cold weather.
Methi Na Gota

Here is Methi na Gota recipe:

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Methi Gota Recipe – Methi Pakoda
 
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Gujarati methi na gota or methi pakora - a tea-time snack during winter or monsoon season, made from besan and fenugreek leaves
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Recipe Category: snacks
Cuisine: Gujarati
Yield: 18-20 small Gota (2 servings)
Ingredients
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon + more for deep frying
  • Water – 5 tablespoons
  • Baking soda –a pinch
  • Salt – to taste
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Asafetida (Hing) – ¼ teaspoon
  • Black pepper corns – 8-10 (lightly crushed in mortar and pestle)
  • Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon (lightly crushed in mortar and pestle)
  • Carom seeds (Ajwain) – ½ teaspoon
  • Green chilies – 4, chopped finely **Notes
  • Fenugreek leaves (Methi leaves) - ½ cup **Notes
  • Besan (Chickpea Flour) – 1 cup
**Notes –
  • Green chilies – In this recipe, green chilies are only spice that we are using. So I have used 4 medium sized chilies. If you don’t like spicy you can reduce the amount. Use it as per your liking spiciness.
  • Fenugreek leaves I have used fresh methi leaves. First remove stems and keep only leaves. Measure the leaves to ½ cup then wash it very well, squeeze all the water and then chop them.
Instructions
  1. Take water and 1 tablespoon of oil in a bowl. Mix it well.
  2. Then add baking soda, salt, sugar, asafetida, crushed peppercorns & coriander seeds, carom seeds and green chilies. Mix it very well.
  3. Then add fenugreek leaves. Mix it properly.
  4. Now add chickpea flour (besan).
  5. Mix it and make sure there are no lumps. I have used wire whisk to beat it and made lump free batter. It should be thick.
  6. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat for deep frying. Once oil is hot enough Drop small balls in it using your hand or with help of two spoons. Make sure that you drop medium sized batter in hot oil, because while it is frying then will puff up and get bigger in size.
  7. Do not touch them for at least 40 seconds after dropping batter otherwise they will break. After some time move them around and fry till they become golden brown. Remove them on paper towel line dish.
  8. Serve them hot with cup of tea or coffee.
Additional Info
Taste – Spongy and soft from inside and crunchy outside with little spicy taste

Shelf life – Best served hot. It should go directly into the serving plate from kadai to feel its taste. But if want you can keep them for 1 day. I found a problem that the outer crust will become soft as it cools. I do not prefer to keep it more than half hour.

Serving suggestions – My family likes to eat them with a cup of tea or coffee and some fried chilies on side. But you can have them with coriander chutney or tamarind-date chutney or any other chutney of your choice.

Cooking Tips –
- Always fry gota on medium heat, and keep moving them to get it golden brown from all sides. If you fry them on higher heat then they stays raw from inside. It is very awful to eat raw besan.
- Gota will expand or puff up in size as they fry, so make sure to add small-medium sized batter in hot oil.
- To make fried chili, wash and dry chilies, give a slit and deep fry in oil. It takes few seconds[/i].

 



 

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  • snehal April 7, 2014, 3:28 am

    These were AMAZING.

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  • Chandni lakhwani March 17, 2014, 9:19 am

    Awesome recipe
    all at home loved it
    thank u so so much

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    • Kanan March 17, 2014, 2:26 pm

      Thank you Chandni. Happy to know that you and your family liked it.

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  • Jayshree December 1, 2013, 3:50 pm

    This recipe is awesome, my entire family loved it. Thanks for posting this recipe. keep it up.

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    • Kanan December 1, 2013, 4:43 pm

      happy to know that your family liked it.

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  • steffi June 28, 2013, 11:09 pm

    It came out very well.It was crispy and full of taste.Thanks you made my rainy evening wonderful. As I live in toronto…now i dont miss meethi na gota anymore.I can have a feel of gujarati meethi na gota in toronto

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    • Kanan June 29, 2013, 11:19 am

      Thanks for the feedback Steffi. Happy to hear that gota came out good. Actually it is raining right now here in NJ and I am also craving for gota, but I think I will wait for dear hubby to come home. :)

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  • gayathri s April 16, 2013, 5:45 pm

    Very good presentation

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  • Mahi February 7, 2013, 11:50 pm

    Looks perfect…want to enjoy them with a cup of tea!

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  • Anamika |madcookingfusions January 30, 2013, 4:22 am

    Wow loved it, perfect, we use to have these while in Gujarat ! Loved the steam coming from the cup….

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    • Kanan February 4, 2013, 4:13 am

      Thanks Anamika, :)

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  • dassana January 29, 2013, 5:02 pm

    i used to buy these often when i would frequent the gujarati snack & sweets shop in mumbai. they look fluffy and soft and must be tasting good too.

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    • Kanan February 4, 2013, 4:13 am

      Yes Dassana. they taste great.

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  • meena January 29, 2013, 12:14 pm

    wow u added masalas to water then the besan u added
    its diff way but they r so yummy

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