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Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat

This Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat paired with lemon and herb yogurt features unique flavors from green garlic. Serve this lentil fritters chaat with cilantro and chili-garlic chutney for a perfect party appetizer.

Featuring bold flavors, dynamic dips, and a variety of textures, this Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat is a perfect appetizer for any party! With lentil fritters (pakodas) that are fried to perfection, a zesty herb and lemon yogurt, and array of chutneys, there’s no better combination of flavors!

The pakoda magic all starts with aromatics like green garlic and spring onions and a mix of lentils. Once they’re fried to a golden brown crisp, all the flavors meld together and create this super savory, punchy taste. Paired with the yogurt dip that has cilantro stems, extra virgin olive oil, and a pop of lemon, the pakodas are brought to life with a splash of freshness!

Topped with garlic, cilantro, and tamarind chutneys, there’s a dynamic blend of sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors. The heat from the chutneys just tickles the back of your throat while the yogurt perfectly balances that heat. The tamarind chutney and cilantro chutney add just the perfect dash of sweet and sour that truly amplify the multidimensional complexity of this seemingly simple chaat.

A lovely medley of chutneys, pakodas, and spiced yogurt, this dish is a flavor bomb of a chaat. Fresh, tangy, and bright, it’s impossible to not feel refreshed after indulging in it!

This Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat paired with lemon and herb yogurt features unique flavors from green garlic. Serve this lentil fritters chaat with cilantro and chili-garlic chutney for a perfect party appetizer.

This Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat paired with lemon and herb yogurt features unique flavors from green garlic. Serve this lentil fritters chaat with cilantro and chili-garlic chutney for a perfect party appetizer.

This Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat paired with lemon and herb yogurt features unique flavors from green garlic. Serve this lentil fritters chaat with cilantro and chili-garlic chutney for a perfect party appetizer.

This Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat paired with lemon and herb yogurt features unique flavors from green garlic. Serve this lentil fritters chaat with cilantro and chili-garlic chutney for a perfect party appetizer.

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This Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat paired with lemon and herb yogurt features unique flavors from green garlic. Serve this lentil fritters chaat with cilantro and chili-garlic chutney for a perfect party appetizer.
Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat paired with lemon and herb yogurt features unique flavors from green garlic. Serve this lentil fritters chaat with cilantro and chili-garlic chutneys for a perfect party appetizer.

Course: Appetizer, Chaat
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: festive, party, streetfood
Servings: 8
Calories: 291 kcal
Author: Nidhi Bothra
Ingredients
Methi Garlic Pakoda Fritters:
Yogurt for Chaat:
  • 2 cups hung curd or greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup tender cilantro stems , finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2-3 tbsp sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder , optional
Garnish for Chaat:
Chili-Garlic Chutney:
  • 1/2 cup red bell peppers
  • 14 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp deggi mirch masala
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water
Cilantro Chutney:
  • 1 cup cilantro , chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint , chopped
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 2 tbsp ice water , or as required
  • pinch asafoetida powder (hing)
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
Methi Garlic Pakoda Fritters:
  1. Soak black eyed beans, yellow moong dal and green moong dal for 7-8 hours or overnight. Then, drain and rinse the dal thoroughly and coarsely grind it with the ginger, green chilies, and a little bit of water. A food processor works best for this as we are looking for a coarse paste.

    This Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat paired with lemon and herb yogurt features unique flavors from green garlic. Serve this lentil fritters chaat with cilantro and chili-garlic chutney for a perfect party appetizer.
  2. Take out the paste into a large bowl

    This Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat paired with lemon and herb yogurt features unique flavors from green garlic. Serve this lentil fritters chaat with cilantro and chili-garlic chutney for a perfect party appetizer.
  3. Mix in all the other ingredients.

    This Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat paired with lemon and herb yogurt features unique flavors from green garlic. Serve this lentil fritters chaat with cilantro and chili-garlic chutney for a perfect party appetizer.
  4. Heat up some oil in a heavy-bottom saucepan and form small balls of the mixture. The balls should be 1 inch in diameter or bite-sized.
    This Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat paired with lemon and herb yogurt features unique flavors from green garlic. Serve this lentil fritters chaat with cilantro and chili-garlic chutney for a perfect party appetizer.
  5. Once the oil is bubbling and slightly smoking, fry the pakodas on medium for 5-6 minutes until golden. Take the pakodas out on a plate lined with a towel or napkin to absorb any excess oil. To test if the oil is hot, drop a small piece of the batter into the oil. If the oil is ready, the batter will float to top and will not change its color immediately.

    This Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat paired with lemon and herb yogurt features unique flavors from green garlic. Serve this lentil fritters chaat with cilantro and chili-garlic chutney for a perfect party appetizer.
Yogurt for Chaat:
  1. Mix everything together until well combined into a pouring consistency.
Chilli-Garlic Chutney:
  1. Grind everything together into a thin paste and adjust seasoning to taste.
Cilantro Chutney:
  1. Grind everything except the lemon juice into a fine paste using a food processor.
  2. Transfer to separate bowl and mix in the lemon juice.
Chaat:
  1. In a small cup, make a layer of the yogurt dip and then place 2-3 places of pakodas on top or skewer them onto a small stick and place on top. Garnish with pomegranate, sev, chaat masala, boondi, green chutney, tamarind chutney, and the chili garlic chutney and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  • If you’re making this for a party, you can fry the pakodas up to a day before an then just reheat in oven or air fryer until crispy. They’re best served hot!
Nutrition Facts
Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 512mg15%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 846IU17%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 335mg34%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Methi Garlic Pakoda Chaat paired with lemon and herb yogurt features unique flavors from green garlic. Serve this lentil fritters chaat with cilantro and chili-garlic chutney for a perfect party appetizer.

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