Methi Muthiya /Fenugreek leaves fritter, Recipe

Methi Muthiya can be had as a snack or added to Undiyu or any subzi as fenugreek imparts fragrance to the dish. It can also be served as an appetizer at get togethers.

Ingredients :

  • 1 bunch methi/Fenugreek leaves chopped.
  • A small bunch coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsps dhaniya/coriander powder
  • 1 tsp jeera/cumin powder
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • A pinch of haldi/turmeric
  • Sugar and salt as per taste
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1tbsp of sesame seeds/til
  • A pinch of ajwain
  • A small bowl of besan/Chickpea flour
  • Wheat flour as required to bind a dough as for chapati.

Method :
Add all the above together and knead a dough as for chapati. Make oblong balls. Heat oil and deep fry till crisp.

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Eggplant Pakora Recipe

The fritters or Pakora made of this variety of Eggplant called Matti Gool in Karnataka is simply delicious. I had posted a coconut based dish of the same Eggplant a few days ago. This particular variety of Eggplant is grown in the village called Matti near Udipi in South Karnataka. It is seasonal, hence it is much sought after for the couple of months that it is available.

Ingredients :

  • One large Eggplant
  • 1 heaped cup Besan/ Chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup Rice flour
  • 1tsp chilly powder
  • 1/4 tsp Ajwain / Carom seeds
  • 1/4 tsp hing/asafoetida
  • Salt
  • Oil to fry the Pakora

Method :

Wash and pat dry the Eggplant. Slice it neither too thick nor thin in the shape desired. Make a thick batter of pouring consistency of the Besan, rice flour, ajwain, hing and salt with just enough water. Heat the oil in a pan. Dip the slices of the, Eggplant in the batter and deep fry till crisp and golden. Drain and serve hot.

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Onion Pakora Recipe

Onion Pakora is a delicious tea time snack where in slices of onion are dipped into Chickpea batter and fried to a crisp. The method of slicing the onion varies all over India though the basic batter remains the same. It is this variation in slicing that gives it it’s distinct taste and texture.

Ingredients :

  • 4 onions
  • 1 cup Besan/Chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup Rice flour
  • 1 tsp Ajwain/Carom seeds
  • Hing/Asafoetida
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp chilly powder
  • 2 green chillies
  • Coarsely crushed Coriander seeds
  • Oil for frying

Method :

Slice the onions thinly. Place them in a bowl along with minced green chillies, hing, chilly powder, ajwain, crushed coriander seeds and salt. Mix well, pressing the onions gently. Keep aside for ten minutes. The onions release water. Drop in the Besan and rice flour. Sprinkle a little water if required. The texture should be such that the flours should stick to the sliced onions. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the onions a little at a time and fry to a rich golden brown. Drain on a tissue and serve hot.

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Leftover Rice Pakora Recipe

A great way of using up leftover rice is to make Pakora. You can add finely chopped vegetables or just add a little spice and fry it to a crisp. Here I have added boiled sweet corn, grated carrot, coriander and mint leaves. Best enjoyed either with a green chutney or any of the ready sauces or ketchups.

Ingredients :

  • 1 large bowl of leftover rice
  • 1 carrot grated
  • A fistful of sweet corn boiled
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 green chillies
  • Coriander leaves
  • 7 mint leaves
  • Salt
  • 5 tbsps rice flour
  • 2 tbsps Besan/Chickpea flour
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying

Method :

Mash the rice well. Make a coarse paste of the green chillies, garlic and ginger. Chop the coriander and mint leaves fine. Add the boiled corn, grated carrot, green chilly, ginger garlic paste, chopped coriander and mint leaves, salt, rice flour and Besan, to the mashed rice. Roll into desired shape. Roll into bread crumbs and deep fry to a crisp golden brown.

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Coriander leaves fritters/Kothimbir Vadi Recipe

The highly fragrant Kothimbir Vadi is a Maharashtrian delicacy. A batter of Gram flour is flavoured with coriander leaves and spices, steamed, cut and then either deep fried or shallow fried as per preference. It can be enjoyed either with a green chutney or with tomato ketchup. My personal preference is Peri peri ketchup or a Tandoori flavoured one which has a distinct smoky flavour to it.

Ingredients :

  • 200 gms Besan/ Chickpea flour
  • 50 gms rice flour
  • 1 cup coriander leaves
  • 2 green chillies
  • 5 flakes garlic
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 1/4 tsp chilly powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp sesame
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsps oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 tsp Soda bi carb
  • Oil for frying

Method :

Heat a pan. Drop in the sesame and dry roast it till it splutters. Keep aside. Mix the Besan and rice flour with a little water at a time to make a batter of pouring consistency. It should be as thick as Pakora batter. Grind the garlic, ginger and green chillies and add them to the batter. Drop in the finely chopped coriander leaves, roasted sesame, lemon juice, chilly powder, turmeric powder, salt, Garam masala and the oil. Mix thoroughly. Keep aside.

Grease a plate or vessel with oil. Place it in a pan in which the water is kept boiling. Add the soda bicarbonate to the batter. Whisk well and pour it into the plate. Lower the heat and cover and cook for 15 minutes. Insert a knife to check if it is done. The knife should come out clean. Switch off the gas, remove the plate and place it aside to cool thoroughly. Cut into desired shape. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the Kothimbir Vadi four to five at a time till golden and crisp. Enjoy with green chutney or tomato ketchup.

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Yam fritters Recipe

Try out these wonderful fritters made from Yam/ Sooran . Melt in the mouth and so delicious that you will keep asking for more. Pieces of Yam are boiled in salted water, marinated and then fried which gives them their awesome texture.

Ingredients :

  • 1/2 kg Yam
  • Chilly powder
  • Salt
  • Hing/asafoetida
  • Besan/Chickpea flour
  • Rice flour
  • Oil for frying

Method :

Deskin the yam and wash it throughly. Chop it into bite sized pieces and boil it in salted water till three fourth done. Drain the water and sprinkle chilly powder and hing. Allow to stand for half an hour. Mix Besan and rice flour in the proportion of 2:1. Dust the pieces in this mixture. Heat oil in a pan. Deep fry the pieces to a golden brown and crisp.

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Eggplant fritters Recipe

Eggplant fritters or Vangyache Fodi is a delicious accompaniment to Rice and Dal. One can also enjoy it on its own. Best made out of the Eggplant/Brinjal that is used to make Baingan Bharta as it is more fleshy. This is a traditional Goan and Mangalorean recipe which is simply amazing!!

Ingredients :

  • 1 large Eggplant/Brinjal
  • Chilly powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Salt
  • Hing/asafoetida
  • Besan/Chickpea flour
  • Rice flour
  • Semolina
  • Oil for roasting

Method :

Wash and slice the eggplant thinly. Marinate in a mixture of salt, chilly powder, turmeric and hing, all as per preference. Keep aside for 15 minutes. Mix Besan and rice flour in the proportion of 2:1. Dust the slices in this mixture. Finally dust them in semolina. Heat a skillet/tava. Drizzle oil. Place the eggplant slices two at a time and allow them to roast. Drizzle oil and flip. Roast on the other side too. Serve hot.

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Cauliflower Pakora Recipe

Cauliflower Pakora is an all time favourite with the family after the Gobi Manchurian. Florets of Cauliflower are dipped in batter and deep fried to a golden brown. Great as appetizers or even as a side dish with Dal and rice, they are delicious!!!!

Ingredients :

  • 500 gms Cauliflower
  • 200 gms Besan /Chickpea flour
  • 100 gms rice flour
  • 2 tsps chilly powder
  • Hing as required
  • 1/4 tsp ajwain / Carom seeds
  • A few sprigs of coriander leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil for frying the Pakora

Method :

Break the cauliflower into florets. Wash thoroughly and sprinkle a little salt on them. Mix well and keep aside. Mix Besan, rice flour, ajwain, chilly powder, hing, salt and the finely chopped coriander leaves. Add just enough water to make a thick but free flowing batter. Heat the oil. Dip the cauliflower florets in the batter and drop them into the oil. Deep fry till golden brown and crisp.

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Capsicum/ Bell pepper Fritters Recipe

One of the easiest and tastiest of fritters that are a hit during get togethers and buffets, are the Bell pepper Fritters. These fritters are generally made from the green ones which are found in abundance as compared to the yellow, red and orange ones. They may be served with a dip but are best eaten without any accompaniment.

Ingredients :

  • 3 Bell peppers
  • 200 gms Besan/Chickpea flour
  • 100 gms rice flour
  • 2 tsps chilly powder
  • 1/4 tsp ajwain/Carom seeds
  • Salt
  • Coriander leaves
  • A large pinch of Hing/asafoetida
  • Oil for frying

Method :

Wash and cut the Bell pepper vertically into half. Core it. Remove the seeds. Cut it lengthwise into 1 inch long slices. Chop the coriander leaves fine. Mix the rice flour, Besan, chilly powder, salt, ajwain, coriander leaves and hing. Add a little water at a time and make it into a thick but runny batter. Tip a few pieces into the batter. Heat the oil. Check that the pieces have been coated well by the batter. Drop them into the hot oil. Fry to a crispy golden brown. Serve with dip or chutney of your choice.

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Cabbage Pakora Recipe

Cabbage Pakora or Cabbage Ambado as the Konkani community calls it, is a tea time snack or even prepared as a side dish for lunch. I have innovated by grating a small potato and adding it to the usual Pakora batter. It adds to the texture and can be fried or even shallow fried. Here I have deep fried it as that is where the real taste lies!!!

Ingredients :

  • 3 onions finely chopped
  • Cabbage the same quantity as that of the chopped onion
  • A small potato, deskinned and chopped fine
  • 1 green chillies minced
  • 2 inch piece ginger grated
  • A few sprigs of coriander leaves finely chopped
  • Besan/ Chickpea flour
  • Rice
  • Salt
  • Chilly powder as per spice level
  • Oil for frying

Method :

Mix the chopped cabbage, onions, grated potato, finely chopped green chillies, coriander leaves and ginger. Add salt and chilly powder and keep aside for ten minutes. It will release water. Mix the Besan and rice flour in the proportion of 2:1. Sprinkle the mixture onto the chopped vegetables and mix well till you get a semi solid dough like consistency which can be shaped into balls. Pat the balls into shape, press and keep them aside. Heat oil. Gently lower the balls 3-4 at a time in the oil and deep fry to a crispy golden brown.

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