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Methi Na Gota is an easy to prepare vegan snack usually enjoyed piping hot with some chutney or served as a part of a Gujarati Thali or meal.
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Gujarati
Servings 4 people


  • cups besan or chickpea flour
  • ½ cup semolina, sooji
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2-3 green chillis finely chopped or minced
  • ½ tsp coarsely crushed black pepper
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, coarsely crushed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp soda bicarbonate
  • ¾ -1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh fenugreek finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp hot oil
  • ¼ tsp ajwain, ajmo
  • some oil for deep frying



  • Mix besan, semolina, sugar and salt together in a mixing bowl.
  • Add coarse black pepper, coriander seeds, ajmo and water.
  • Whisk the batter for nearly 3-5 minutes.
  • The more you whisk the batter, the fluffier the gotas will turn out.


  • Heat oil in a wok or kadai for deep frying over medium heat.
  • Add chopped green chillis, chopped methi and soda bicarbonate.
  • Pour 3 tbsp of hot oil over the methi and soda bicarbonate.
  • Mix the batter well. It should be thick of dropping consistency, much like a cake batter.
  • When the oil is hot, lower the heat.
  • Scoop up about a tablespoonful of the batter with your fingers.
  • Using your thumb slip off the batte into a blob shape into the hot oil.
  • Add some more blobs, depending on the size of wok or kadai you are using.
  • The gotas should float up. Keep turning them and fry them over low heat till they turn light brown.
  • Remove the fried gota into a colander.
  • Whip the batter again, and add some more blobs and fry till done.
  • Serve hot methi na gota with your favourite chutney.¼


  • Don't add too much water otherwise you will not get the roundish shape of gota.
  • Adding a generous amount of methi or fresh fenugreek is important.
  • Don't fry them over high heat. They will remain raw from the inside.
  • Some add more sugar than what I have used. This recipe calls for nearly ¼ cup. I find that too sweet.
  • After whipping the batter should appear fluffy. Use your hand or a whisk to whip the batter.
  • Don't allow the batter to rest as it will become watery.
  • If you can't make gota using your hands then use two spoons to scoop and slip it into the hot oil.
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