I have had this Methi Pakora many times in my childhood. My mom used to add methi in many dishes and she always used to try to have us methi in various Indian recipes, because Methi Leaves are Rich in Protein and healthy to eat. Methi or Fenugreek Leaves is considered as one of the most healthy Indian Vegetable and there are lot of health benefits from it.
Basically Methi Pakora Recipe is a famous Gujarati deep fried Snack dish, these are the fritters made with Besan (Bengal Gram Flour) and Fenugreek (methi) leaves and then deep fried in oil.
You can enjoy these methi pakora with Morning or Evening Tea. I generally make either methi pakora or Methi Aloo Paratha at home, whenever I have leftover methi available in my fridge. In India, monsoon is going on and you will never enjoy the Indian rain without different types of pakode and methi pakora is one of them. The mixture of Besan and methi contains the flavors of lip smacking spices and then deep fried in generous oil to make them crispy and golden brown.
You can add little sugar in this methi pakora, because the bitterness of the methi leaves can get balanced with the sweetness of little sugar. So explore yourself with my mouth watering Methi Pakoda and serve them piping hot with Coriander Chutney or Mint Chutney.
Let’s start making our Methi Pakore. Rinse and then chop the methi leaves finely. Take a big bowl and mix in besan , methi leaves, finely chopped green chilies, 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon crushed black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds, 1/2 teaspoon white sesame seeds, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (hing), 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon oil and salt to taste. Mix all the ingredients very well and gradually add little water to make a thick pakora batter. Keep this batter covered aside for 15-20 minutes.Now heat good amount of oil in a frying pan and drop few pakore at a time in hot oil.Use the perforated spoon for dropping the pakoras in hot oil. As soon as you drop the spoonful of batter in the oil, the pakoras will start puffing up, expand a bit and will become brown. Fry the methi pakoras on medium high flame with continuous stirring, till they turn golden and crisp from all over. Drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.Methi Pakkora are ready to serve with spicy Green Chutney.