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palak pakoda recipe with step by step photos – crisp and tasty deep fried spinach fritters recipe.

another recipe from my mom’s collection. yes i know we are in the peak of summers and palak pakoda or for that matter any pakora is too much. but what to do. at home everyone loves pakoras. be it summer, rains or winters does not matter to folks who love pakoras – right??? nothing beats the combination of some garma garam pakoras with some hot tea.

these palak pakoda can be baked too if you don’t want to fry them, with all the goodness of the spinach, sesame seeds and of course chickpea flour.

i have also shared another variation of making spinach fritters. in that method each spinach leaf is dipped in a spiced gram flour batter and then fried. the result is crisp fritters full on with flavors of spinach. while making pakoras for religious fasting you can try this palak pakora vrat recipe.

palak pakoras can be served with coriander chutney or pudina chutney or tomato ketchup. i served the spinach pakoras with the mint-coriander chutney along with homemade brown bread.

if you are looking for more pakora recipes then do check: 

palak pakoda recipe below:

palak pakora recipe
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palak pakoda recipe | palak pakora recipe

palak ka pakora recipe – crisp and tasty deep fried spinach fritters recipe.

course snacks
cuisine indian
prep time 10 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 4
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1 cup besan (gram flour)
  • 2 cups spinach or palak - finely chopped
  • cup chopped onion or 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 1 green chili (hari mirch), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed powder (saunf powder)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (safed til), optional
  • ½ to 1 cup water - see notes below
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep frying

how to make recipe?

making palak pakoda batter:

  1. rinse the palak or spinach leaves very well and finely chop them.

  2. in a bowl add the chopped palak leaves.

  3. then add chopped onion, chopped ginger and chopped 1 green chili.

  4. then add spice powders - fennel seed powder (saunf powder), red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, asafoetida (hing) and sesame seeds.

  5. next add 1 cup besan and salt as per taste. you could also add a pinch of baking soda at this step.

  6. mix all the ingredients very well and keep aside for 5 minutes.

  7. add water in parts. remember the spinach and onions will release water once they are mixed with salt and the spice powders. so be careful while adding water. 

  8. mix the ingredients well and keep aside for 5 minutes. then add ½ cup of water first. if the batter is still thick than add some more water.

  9. mix very well. add water as required to make a medium consistency palak pakora batter.

frying palak pakoda:

  1. heat oil in a kadai or pan. when the oil is medium hot, drop spoonfuls of the pakora batter in the oil.

  2. fry the palak pakora till they become pale golden. then turn over and fry the other side.

  3. turn over a couple of times and fry all the pakoras till they are crisp and golden.

  4. remove the palak pakoras with a slotted spoon. drain the palak pakoras on kitchen paper towels to remove extra oil.

  5. serve palak pakoda hot with chutney, tomato sauce and bread slices.

recipe notes

tips for making palak pakoda recipe:

  • for folks who do not eat onions, just skip onions in the pakora. it will still taste delicious.
  • remember the spinach and onions will release water once they are mixed with salt and the spice powders. so be careful while adding water. 
  • i have given ½ to 1 cup water as the consistency of the batter depends upon the quality of gram flour used. i use gram flour which is ground at home and not the ready made ones. the ready made ones are very fine. the one which i use is a little coarse. so obviously i add more water to the batter than what i would have added otherwise.


how to make palak pakoda recipe:

1. rinse the palak or spinach leaves very well and finely chop them. keep aside. you will need 1.5 to 2 cups of finely chopped spinach leaves.

palak for palak pakora recipe

2. add 1⅓ cup chopped onion, 1 tsp chopped ginger and 1 green chili (chopped).

onions for palak pakora recipe

3. then add 1 tsp fennel seed powder (saunf powder), ¼ to ½ tsp red chili powder, 1 tsp coriander powder (dhania powder), 1 tsp cumin powder (jeera powder), a pinch of asafoetida (hing) and 1 to 1.5 tbsp sesame seeds.

spices for palak pakora recipe

4. next add 1 cup besan and salt as per taste. you could also add a pinch of baking soda at this step.

besan for palak pakora recipe

5. mix all the ingredients very well and keep aside for 5 minutes.

making palak pakora recipe

6. add water in parts. remember the spinach and onions will release water once they are mixed with salt and the spice powders. so be careful while adding water. mix the ingredients well and keep aside for 5 minutes. then add ½ cup of water first. if the batter is still thick than add some more water.

making palak pakora recipe

7. mix very well. add water as required to make a medium consistency palak pakora batter.

making palak pakora recipe

frying palak pakoda:

8. heat oil in a kadai or pan. when the oil is medium hot, drop spoonfuls of the palak pakoda batter in the oil.

making palak pakora recipe

9. fry the palak pakoda till they become pale golden. then turn over and fry the other side.

making palak pakora recipe

10. turn over a couple of times and fry all the palak pakoda till they are crisp and golden.

making palak pakora recipe

11. remove the palak pakora with a slotted spoon.

making palak pakora recipe

12. drain the pakoras on kitchen paper towels to remove extra oil.

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serve palak pakoda hot with coriander chutney or mint chutney or tomato ketchup.

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35 thoughts on “palak pakoda recipe, how to make palak pakoda | palak pakora recipe”

    1. susan, you can bake pakoras in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celsius/356 degrees fahrenheit for 20 to 30 minutes till they become crisp and golden. some of the edges will become golden, unlike fried pakora. add some 1 to 2 tablespoon oil in the batter.

  1. Goan styled Palak Pakora (bhaji as we call them):
    Make batter of besan, salt, chilly powder, rice powder, hing. dip the entire leaf in this mixture and deep fry. 🙂

  2. Hi Dasanna, I tried your pakoras but baked them. As you had suggested I added a pinch of baking soda. They were well cooked but off course not as delicious as the fried ones. I would still vote for the fried version

  3. Found your wonderful recipe and I love pakoras and also spinach so it was a delight to find it. Thank you for sharing these invaluable treasures of you culture. Although I am not from the same culture I love your food as it has such a variety of flavors and most of all: FLAVOR.

  4. If you are baking these, would the batter be thick enough to stand alone as individual pakoras? I love the idea of baking them, just unsure of how to go about it without it resulting in a gloopy mess… Any advice appreciated. Thanks!

    1. hi rashmi, i have never baked pakoras or fritters. but since i bake breads and cakes often here are a few suggestions.

      make the batter of little thick.
      stir 1 or 2 teaspoons of oil to the batter and this will keep the pakoras soft when baking.
      addition of a pinch of baking soda would surely help as this would give a porous texture to the pakoras.
      line the baking tray or pan with aluminium foil or parchment or butter paper, so that its easy to remove the pakoras after they are baked.
      cleaning of the pans is also easy.

  5. Courtney Rae Jones

    Mmmmmm! I love pakoras. Pairing these with your mint-coriander chutney would be the perfect appetizer. Looking forward to making these. Thanks for another great recipe Dassana! 🙂

  6. love these pakoras.. theres something about pakoras bringing up monsoon memories with ma.:) i love the addition of sesame seeds. I have never added those to pakoras.

    1. even i have some very good memories of pakoras in the monsoons which mom would make 🙂

      sesame seeds are a wonderful addition to the pakoras. i add them in all the pakoras i make at home. it taste very good in potato pakoras along with some ajwain/carom seeds and hing/asafoetida added to the batter.

  7. Reminds of rainy season..how I wish I get respite from this steamy hot whether..but then there is no reason or waiting time to enjoy a pakora with hot cuppa!

  8. Hi,

    Lovely recipe but this time I am missing your step by step snaps, anyway thanks for these lovely spinach pakoras.

    1. thanks runita. i usually don’t do step by step for recipes which are easy to make. this too is easy to make. just mix everything and deep fry the pakoras 🙂

  9. Hi Dasanna,

    Yesterday I made Moong Dal Palak, and little palak was left. so to day in the morning I was thinking what to do of that palak, As I am in the habit of surfing your site almost daily came to know about your new recipe ‘PALAK PAKORA’. Thank you so much definitely I am going to try this in the evening as it looks as delicious as all of your dishes…….:)

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