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Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora

Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora | Special Corn Flour Spinach Onion Deep Fried Fritters

 

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Dull rainy days always make me feel a bit down…can’t go out since it’s too wet and cold and staying in can get boring. That’s when these totally scrumptious, delicious and quick preparing Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakoras (fritters) come handy. I’m not one to always deep fry, but some things just taste much better when deep fried ….like Pakora! 🙂 Enjoy these divine little fritters with your favorite sauce and a cup of tea (chai) and trust me ….the rainy day blues will disappear.

Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora are sinfully delicious little fritters made in a combination of corn flour, besan (gram flour), spinach, onion and flavored up with a combination of dried spices and deep fried till nice and golden brown.

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Pakoras are really famous in Northern Indian, they’re made in many different variations of vegetables, spices, veg or non-veg and batters. Normally, all pakoras are deep fried till nice and golden brown and served as a snack or appetizer. They are considered to be a quick fast food item and are very regularly found sold on side street food trolley, in restaurants and grocery stores.

I won’t say that these are  a healthier version since I’m using yellow corn flour, but yes ! one thing for sure that they taste awesome. The combination of yellow corn flour, besan, spinach, onion and spices is a total WOW!. I’ve made different pakoras before that are either completely traditional Gujarati or traditional Punjabi.

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Some of my all time favorites are Methi Palak Pakora and Methi Kela Na Bhajiya with my favorite chutneys Green Coriander Chutney and Mint Coriander Chutney.

 

Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Serving Size: 4-5

Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora

All time favorite and super simple Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup - corn flour (I used the yellow corn flour)
  • 3 Tbsp.-besan (chick pea flour)
  • 1 medium - onions; finely chopped
  • 2 cups - spinach; washed & finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. - ginger-garlic Paste
  • 1 tbsp. - green chili paste
  • 1 tsp. - red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. –turmeric Powder (haldi)
  • Pinch of Baking Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp.- kesoori methi; crushed (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • ½ tbsp. - oil
  • 3 Tbsp. -coriander leaves / cilantro; finely chopped
  • Water as needed
  • Oil to deep fry

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, add corn flour, besan, green chili paste, ginger-garlic paste, baking powder, kesoori methi, salt to taste, red chili powder, turmeric, oil and combine all together. Then add in chopped spinach, onion and coriander leaves; mix well by adding in very little water at a time to create a smooth flowing batter of medium consistency. (Spinach releases water)
  • Heat a frying pan with oil while the Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora batter gets ready.
  • When the oil is medium hot ;test by gently sliding a little dough in the oil and it should rise to the top almost immediately. Drop spoonful of the batter in medium hot oil and fry the pakoras till golden and crisp.
  • Remove and drain on paper towels.
  • Serve hot with your favorite chutney/sauce.
  • http://myfoodforthesoul.com/corn-flour-spinach-onion-pakora/

     

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    Methi Kela Na Bhajiya

    Methi Kela Na Bhajiya | How to make Fenugreek leaves & Banana Fritters or Khalwa

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    A very popular and tasty Gujarati snack called Mehti Kela na Bhajiya, Methi Pakora or also known as Khalwa. These tasty treats have a very rare combination of mildly bitter methi leaves (fenugreek leaves) and pleasantly sweet ripe bananas.  These mouthwatering Methi Kela na Bhajiya are light and fluffy from the inside and have a very nice dark golden texture on the outside.

     

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    I have fond memories of these delicious bhajiya’s, growing up I use to watch my grandmother make them and wondered why? would anyone want to eats these. She would use the most ripe, spotty, blackish bananas possible, mash them up completely and then mix them into gram flour (besan), whole wheat flour, mild spices for flavoring and methi (fenugreek) mix it up and make a nice smooth batter and leave it a side. Then she would deep fry these “methi kela na bhajiya” and serve them hot with a nice cup of Masala chai (tea).

    After tasting one of these bhajiyas …..I was hooked. They taste so scrumptiously delicious that I wasn’t able to stop myself on just one piece. Now I completely know why she was using those extremely ripe banana. This is also a great way to use up extremely ripe bananas.

     

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    With all this fresh methi growing in my garden, I thought this was one of those great reasons to make “methi kela na bhajiya”. Many people like to make pakoras, bhajiyas only when it’s the monsoon season. When it’s raining outside, you feel like enjoying yourself with freshly made pakora and a nice not cup of tea.

    Well ! that’s not true at all in my household I like to indulge in any kind of food in any season. My husband has been asking me to make these for a while now, so I had decided to surprise him by making these delicious methi kela na bhajiya for him. I had actually kept some bananas aside and let them completely ripen up so I could make them this weekend.

    These “methi kela na bhajiya” taste great if you eat them on their own, but if you want it also taste good with Green Coriander Chutney or Mint Coriander Chutney.

     

    If you’re looking for some great snack, picnic, potluck or brunch ideas make sure to check out these recipes: Tortilla Veggie Samosa, Cheesy Veggie Rice Balls, Lemon Rice, Palak Makai Pulao or Pav Bhaji.

     

    Methi Kela Na Bhajiya

    Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

    Cook Time: 20 minutes

    Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

    Yield: 20-25

    Methi Kela Na Bhajiya

    A very popular Gujarati snack, picnic, potluck or brunch idea. Delicious and Mouthwatering "Methi Kela na Bhajiya" or " Fenugreek leave Banana Fritters"

    Ingredients

    • 1 Cup – Methi (Fenugreek leaves) chopped finely (finely chop, wash thoroughly)
    • 2 Medium, mashed - Ripe banana
    • 1 1⁄2 Cup - Gram flour (besan)
    • 3 Tbsp. – Whole wheat flour (atta)
    • 1⁄2 tsp. - Green chili paste
    • 1 Tbsp. - Red chili powder –adjust to taste
    • 1⁄2 Tsp. - Turmeric powder (haldi)
    • 1 Tbsp. – Sugar- (As required)
    • Salt to taste
    • 3 Tbsp. – Oil
    • Pinch - Asafetida
    • 1⁄4 Cup - Water (Adjust water to make the dough)
    • Oil for deep frying

    Instructions

    Prepare Batter:
  • In a mixing bowl add the gram flour and the wheat flour. Add in all dry ingredients red chili powder, turmeric powder, sugar, salt to taste, asafetida, green chili paste and oil. Then add in chopped fenugreek leaves (methi), and the mashed ripe banana.
  • Mix all the ingredients together to form soft and smooth thick batter. Use water as required while mixing the batter.
  • Once the batter is mixed and ready at the desired consistency, keep it aside covered for at least 1 hour.
  • Deep Frying Methi Kela Bhajiya
  • Heat oil on high heat for deep frying Methi Kela Bhajiya, once oil is hot (not bumbling hot) drop small dollops of the prepared batter into the oil and fry. The oil can now be reduced to a medium. Place about 5-6 small dollops at a time.
  • Fry the till they puff up and turn golden brown in color. Keep flipping around. Remove onto a plate covered with paper towel to remove the excess oil.
  • Serve Hot
  • Notes

    For best results mix batter with hands. Heat of the hands helps with the fluffiness of the bhajiyas.

    If you like you can add more or ripe banana. The more ripe bananas the better it taste.

    http://myfoodforthesoul.com/methi-kela-na-bhajiya/

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