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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I bought a bunch of fresh methi leaves in little India last week. I wanted to try a new dish that my friend sent me. Before that, I wanted to try methi pakoras for long time. I had a dry methi snack once in Sri Krishna sweets. Though I did not like when I tasted, it was very flavourful and later I craved for that snack. This is like almost more than 5-6 years before but still I wanted to try that snack. I thought I will first try this methi pakoras and later find that recipe and make it. Methi pakoras were really tasty, flavourful and I totally loved it as a tea time snack. Its very easy to make it too when your methi leaves are ready. Even Vj had it without any complains. My mom makes this same except methi leaves and we call it bonda. I followed the same and added methi leaves in addition to it.

Methi Pakoda

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Snack
Prep Time:15 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins     serves: 3


Methi leaves – 1/2 cup tightly packed

Besan/ Gram flour – 3/4 cup

Rice flour – 3 tblsp

Ginger, finely chopped – 1 tblsp

Green chilli – 2

Onion – 1/2, finely chopped (Optional)

Sour curd – 1 tblsp

Cooking soda – 1 generous pinch

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Ajwain – 1 tsp

Salt – As needed

Oil – To deep fry


  1. In a mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients except oil. Add water gradually and make a thick batter out of it.
  2. 1-mix
  3. Heat oil in a kadai enough to deep fry and when it is hot, with a small spoon or using hands, drop a tablespoon amount of batter to oil. Depending on the amount of oil in kadai you can fill it with few pakoras at a time.
  4. 2-fry
  5. Cook in medium flame on both sides until golden in colour. Drain in paper towel.
  6. 3-drain


    • Adding curd gives a golden coloured pakora as well as it is required for nullifying the bitterness of methi leaves. If your curd is not sour, you can use upto 2 tblsp and reduce water amount accordingly.
    • Dont prepare the batter too thick, it will make the pakoras dry.
    • You can add a tblsp of hot oil in the batter. This will give more crispy pakoras.
    • Adding cooking soda is very important, otherwise it will not be cooked inside.

Enjoy hot pakoras with tea, it will be tasting great as such or you can have it with green chutney.



  1. super tempting and perfect snack for today weather

  2. very addictive!!! best to enjoy with coffee or tea!!

  3. If no fresh methi leaves can we use dry methi leaves? Will it be good as this?

  4. Hi Raks

    I tried the pakoras today for evening tea. It was really yum to have these with a cup of hot tea. The bitterness of the methi, spices and the sweetness of tea was a great combination. Best thing was my little one, too loved it !

    Thank you



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