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I present this Indian recipe to give you a glimpse of Indian culture and festivities.
With the beautiful festival season of Durga Puja and Navratri currently on in India, I made this yummy and delicious specialty dish called “Methi Gota” with a twist of ‘sweet corn’ to it.
Methi Gota is an authentic Gujarati snack with beautiful flavours and spices. I have given it a little twist by adding fresh ‘sweet corn’ to it. Corn has enhanced the flavour and made the snack crispier and crunchier. I have pan fried it, this can also be baked. To make it healthier, you can add variety of vegetables in it. Finely chopped carrot and beans go well with the mixture.
This is a famous snack served specially on the festival of ‘Navaratri’. The celebrations of ‘Navaratri’ are grand with lots of good authentic traditional food and with beautiful dance form called ‘garba’. Everybody prepares for this festival well in advance and wait for it every year. This beautiful festival fills every place with happiness, colors and enjoyment.
This yummy snack enhances the enjoyment of festivities with its lovely flavours. It can be paired with a few green chilies stir fried & seasoned with salt; served with some tangy mint chutney or tamarind chutney. In the festival of Navaratri, everyone decorates their houses and makes beautiful drawing with colors and flowers called as ‘Rangoli’.
Navratri is a nine-night dance festival, wherein each night people gather and celebrate feminine divine. People dress up in traditional attire and follow the traditional dance form called as Garba where men and women dance with sticks called ‘Dandiya’.
This delicious snack is usually served between breaks during snack time. It goes well with a nice cup of steaming hot Indian tea or coffee. It is a delicious deep fried snack hence an occasional treat during festivities.
Lets start with the recipe :
- • 1 cup gram flour (besan)
- • 1 cup fenugreek leaves (Methi patte)
- • 1 cup dry fenugreek leaves
- • 1 cup corn
- • 1/2 cup semolina (Sooji)
- • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- • 8 chopped garlic cloves
- • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- • 1 teaspoon green chilly paste
- • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- • 2 teaspoon chaat masala
- • 1 teaspoon pepper (Kali mirch)
- • Salt according to taste
- • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (Til)
- • 1 teaspoon asafoetida (heeng)
- • 1/3 teaspoon baking soda
- • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- • 1 lemon
- • Refine oil / Olive oil
- • Pomegranate and chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
- 1.Finely chop fenugreek leaves in a bowl
- 2.Add gram flour, semolina, dry fenugreek leave, corn and add some water
- 3.Add coriander seeds, sesame seeds, garlic, ginger, green chilly paste
- 4.Add turmeric, chaat masala, pepper, asafoetida, baking soda, lemon juice, sugar and 1 tablespoon oil in it and mix well
- 5.Add required amount of water as per the consistency of the batter.
- 6.Batter should not be too thick and too thin, consistency should be medium
- 7.Keep the batter aside for 30 minutes
- 8.Heat oil in a non-stick pan
- 9.Add spoonfuls of batter in the oil and bring the flame on medium heat
- 10.When they become crisp and golden, flip it and let it cook from both the sides
- 11.Drain on absorbent paper or on a tissue
- 12.Garnish with pomegranate and coriander leaves
- 13.Serve hot with mint chutney or tamarind chutney
- Note :
- •Consistency of the batter should be medium, not to thick and not too watery
- •Oil should be hot, before deep frying
This dish becomes beautiful with every new ingredient and a variation. If you have any ideas of adding a twist to it. Do try it out and share.
I hope you loved exploring the famous festival of India while enjoying the scrumptious authentic delicacy ‘Methi corn Gota’. Stay tuned for more delicious and yummy recipes.