Thursday, April 19, 2018

Palak Pakoda/Spinach Fritters

Fried food is a rare at home, i hardly make appalam or vada, if kids feel like having appalam, i make it in the microwave. Once in a month, we might have appalam for our friday lunch. For the past week i m making pakoda, samosa almost every other day, and kids are wondering, what happened to me suddenly๐Ÿ˜„. Yday's Onion samosa, sold like hot cakes, i made just 8, and had to save 3 for their dad. Today's Palak Pakode too is a hit, serve it straight from the pan, they will be asking for more. 
I made them for our evening chai, hot chai paired so well with the pakode. While i was looking for the recipe, i came across 2 different methods , one frying each leaf of palak dipped in batter and other is fine chopping the leaves and making the batter with it and frying it like vada. But when i searched specifically, how it is made in the roadside stalls, i came across this method. I m linking the videos which i saw and adapted, they chop the leaves roughly and add it to the besan flour batter. Some use green chili, i have used chili powder. Use of ajwain and cumin is optional, but i prefer them in my deep fried food, as they aid digestion and avoid heart burn. A perfect snack to enjoy on a weekend evening, do try and let me know how you liked them.
Video reference here, here and here
Ingredients
1 bunch palak/spinach
1 cup besan/gram flour
3-4 tbsp rice flour
1/2  tsp -3/4 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
2 sprigs of curry leaves
2 pinches of ajwain/carom seeds
2 pinches of cumin seeds
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 cup - 3/4 cup of water
Oil for frying

Method
  • Wash the spinach leaves well in running water. Chop off the stems, take only leaves. Chop leaves roughly. Do not chop thin or fine, just a rough chop,a bunch into 3 or 4 cuts. Let this sit in a drainer.
  • Let us make the dough. Take besan, rice flour in a large bowl, to this add red chili powder, coriander powder, cury leaves, ajwain and cumin and salt. Whisk well to combine.
  • Now slowly add water to this and make dough, it will not be runny or too tight like chapathi dough. it will be little lose.Use only the 3/4 cup of water not more than that, it will make the batter runny.
  • To this now add the spinach and mix well. Heat oil for frying, once it is hot, take small portion of batter and drop into hot oil. Take a small portion and drop into the hot oil.You can fry 6-7 at a time.
  • Do not crowd the pan, cook them nice and brown on all sides. Remove using a slotted spoon onto a paper towel. Serve it hot, along with some hot chai.
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17 comments:

  1. Crispy and delicious pakoda!!! Often i make pakoda with onions, but still i have to try my hands on this spinach pakoda. Perfect for tea time !!!

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  2. THose fritters looks simply fabulous, very crispy and dangerously addictive. Even at home, am trying to keep ourselves aways from fried foods. This pakodas are calling me.

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  3. We also make palak pakodi with chopped palak, Priya. Else it would be called Bajji - my thoughts. I agree it is a perfect accompaniment for tea.

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  4. This is one great way of adding spinach in our food!! Im addicted to pakodas and you tempted e now!!

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  5. Wow ! The paalak pakodas look so crunchy , and so well made . Tell the kids this is blog cooking , soon they would get healthy food !

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  6. They look so yum.. perfectly made.. that crisp texture ๐Ÿ˜

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  7. Super crispy pakoda... no wonder kids were demanding for it. Yum

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  8. These pakoras look absolutely yum. It is ok to do deep frying once in a while and we are so enjoying it virtually.

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  9. Oh yeah ! We r deep frying more than ever for this Mega Bm .. these pakoras r so addictive, arent they ?

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  10. Its raining outside and your pakoda is making me yearn for some of this delicious snack and hot tea. However, if I go to the kitchen to make this then my commenting will be left undone :(

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  11. Bring them on Priya, you must deep fry more yaar, nothing like a deep fried love I tell you..hehehe..I love these pakodas and yes I make it like our pakodas as well..very nicely done!

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  12. Ha ha I am sure you earned all hearts for those perfectly made samosas :) Palak pakodas look so inviting priya am sure they would have sold well too.. They are so addictive I want some now..I love how you placed them on a newspaper just the way we get in street , perfect captures !!

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  13. We love crispy deep fried palak pakodas and you have made them so perfectly. Just need s cup of chai and some chutney to finish those scrumptious pakodas.

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  14. We too love these crisp fried palak pakoda. Perfectly made to go with tea.

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  15. Palak pakora is something that my little one picks everytime we are at an Indian restaurant. I have not made them myself, but want to make it soon for my son. Looks so delicious. All I need is some thayir saadham on the side. I love pakora with thayir saadham :)

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  16. The pakodas look so good Priya. I too prefer this version than the one where the leaves are dipped in batter and fired.

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  17. Love this crunchy palak pakora with green chutney.. perfect snack for monsoon season.

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