Banana and Fenugreek Pakoras / Kera Methi na Bhajiya

Today I will share with you the recipe for Banana and Fenugreek Pakoras / Kera Methi na Bhajiya. It may sound like a strange combination at first but trust me, once you try them, you will be hooked! It's a great starter or a snack food for a picnic on a lazy day out in the sun. They are of course best eaten hot! This recipe will serve at least 2 to 3 people.


Ingredients:

2 cups chickpea flour
5 level tbsps dried fenugreek leaves or 1/2 cup washed and chopped fresh fenugreek
0.5 tsp ground pepper
3 tsps fresh ginger (peeled and grated/minced)
3 tsps fresh green chillies (washed and ground)
2.5 heaped tsps salt
0.25 tsp ajwain seeds (rub them between the palms of your hand before you put them in)
1 heaped tsp Greek yogurt
0.25 tsp turmeric powder
0.25 tsp red chilli powder
0.25 tsps cumin-coriander powder (dhana jeeru)
(1tsp kasoori/kasuri methi if you are using fresh fenugreek leaves)
2  ripe bananas (mashed well or grated)
1 cup cold water

Before frying:

1.5 ladles hot sunflower oil to mix into the batter just before you start to fry the pakoras

To fry the Pakoras:

Vegetable oil/sunflower oil to deep fry

Method:

1. Mix all the ingredients in the order above in a dish apart from the oil.

2. Only put enough water in the rest of the ingredients (listed before 'water') to ensure that the mixture forms a batter so that it can be dropped into hot oil to fry and form pakoras.

3. Once a consistent, smooth batter is formed and you are ready to fry, pour the 1.5 ladle of hot oil into the batter and mix well. Be very careful as the oil is super hot!

4. Drop the batter into hot oil (spoon by spoon) to deep fry the pakoras to a golden brown colour. (Try to only deep fry 5 or 6 at a time to avoid burning.)


4. Remove from the oil and onto a plate; put some kitchen roll on the plate to help the oil soak up into the kitchen roll for a less oily result.

5. Eat hot to enjoy them at their best. 

NB: to check that the pakoras are done, ensure that when you bite into the pakoras, they are not sticky and the batter is cooked. If they need longer, fry them in the oil for a minute longer and they should be done.

So there you have it! A delicious new recipe for you to try ... savour and enjoy the banana and fenugreek pakoras / kera methi na bhajiya! You and your friends will just love them!

'Til next time ... enjoy!
Bon appetit! xx

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