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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.

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Red Grape Avocado Smoothie

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Sometimes, I think we take smoothies for granted …we get use to a set way of making it and that’s what we stick to. I always use to do the standard … add greens, with a vegetable and fruit and then add in a flavored juice or water …and for the extra kick protein powder or flax seeds ….done!

Well, suddenly my routine broke I had no “greens” in my fridge so that’s when I came up with Seedless Red Grape Avocado Smoothie.

 

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Few weeks ago I had bought really nice sweet delicious seedless red grapes, but we weren’t able to finish them all so I washed and froze them to us later. Like I always say instead of throwing out ripe fruits ….clean then up, peel, cut and freeze to enjoy them in delicious smoothies/juices.

Avocado…..a fruit that originated from Mexico and now is being used in many different ways. Many people enjoy eating Avocado raw especially when it ripened up.  It’s also used for making dips, salads, in sandwiches and smoothies and much more.

 

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This smoothie has the goodness of sweet seedless red grapes, avocado, ripe banana and natural coconut water.

 

Red Grape Avocado Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients

  • 10-15 Seedless Red Grapes ( fresh or frozen)
  • 1 avocado - peeled, seeded
  • 1 ripe banana - peeled
  • 1 cup - coconut water (with/without pulp) I used without pulp.
  • 1 cup - cold water

Instructions

Into a blender add in all of the above ingredients and blend till a smooth consistency reached. If you want it more liquid then adjust cold water to your preference.

Pour into desired glass and Enjoy!

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