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

palak pakoda

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.

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.

how to make palak pakoda

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.

palak pakora recipe, palak pakora

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

palak-pakora-recipe

few more pakora recipes

Palak Pakoda

5 from 1 vote
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:snacks
Cuisine:indian
Servings (change the number to scale):4
palak pakoda recipe, palak pakora recipe
Palak Pakoda is a crisp and tasty deep fried spinach fritters.
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

  • 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
  • 1 green chili , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed powder
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder

    (ground coriander)

  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds , optional
  • ½ to 1 cup water - see notes below
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep frying

INSTRUCTIONS

making palak pakoda batter

  • rinse the palak or spinach leaves very well and finely chop them.
  • in a bowl add the chopped palak leaves.
  • then add chopped onion, chopped ginger and chopped 1 green chili.
  • then add spice powders - fennel seed powder (saunf powder), red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, asafoetida (hing) and sesame seeds.
  • next add 1 cup besan and salt as per taste. you could also add a pinch of baking soda at this step.
  • mix all the ingredients very well and keep aside for 5 minutes.
  • 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.
  • mix very well. add water as required to make a medium consistency palak pakora batter.

frying palak pakoda

  • heat oil in a kadai or pan. when the oil is medium hot, drop spoonfuls of the pakora batter in the oil.
  • fry the palak pakora till they become pale golden. then turn over and fry the other side.
  • turn over a couple of times and fry all the pakoras till they are crisp and golden.
  • remove the palak pakoras with a slotted spoon. drain the palak pakoras on kitchen paper towels to remove extra oil.
  • serve palak pakoda hot with chutney, tomato sauce and bread slices.

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.
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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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