Palak Pakoda Recipe (2 Methods) » Dassana’s Veg Recipes


Palak pakoda are crisp and engaging deep-fried spinach fritters made with spinach leaves, gram flour (besan), onion, herbs and spices. These tasty palak pakora make for a fast vegan snack. Right here I share two completely different and distinctive methods of creating palak pakoda recipe.

palak pakoda served in a bowl with a side of wheat bread slices and coriander chutney on a wooden board

There are various variations of creating palak pakoda recipe. However primarily they are often made with two distinctive strategies.

  1. Straightforward Palak Pakoda – Finely chopped spinach leaves are blended within the gram flour batter and deep fried.
  2. Crispy Spinach Fritters – Every spinach leaf is dipped in a spiced gram flour batter after which deep fried. You get a definite style of spinach in these fritters.

Each the strategies are fast, straightforward and the pakoras style good. You’ll be able to select the tactic that you just like.

About Straightforward Palak Pakoda

Pakoda or pakora is the Hindi time period for fritters. Palak is the Hindi phrase for spinach. There are various methods palak pakoda or spinach fritters are made within the Indian delicacies.

This traditional straightforward palak pakoda recipe is from my mother’s assortment. They’re made with in fact besan (gram flour) and onions, spices, herbs and white sesame seeds.

The sesame seeds add a beautiful style and lightweight crunch within the palak pakora. The onions add some sweetness which balances the metallic flavors of spinach.

Besan or gram flour is floor skinned small black chickpeas. Besan is completely different from chickpea flour that’s created from white chickpeas.

If you wish to disguise the spinach within the fritters for youths who don’t like them, then this palak pakoda recipe is for you.

You’ll be able to simply bake these, in case you favor to not fry them. After all, they are going to be a wholesome variation, with all of the goodness of the spinach, sesame seeds and gram flour.

I’ve talked about the small print of baking these within the notes part of recipe card and within the ideas part beneath.

Winters or monsoon season are the very best time to benefit from the pakoras. Nevertheless at my dwelling, everybody loves pakora. Be it summer season, rains or winters doesn’t matter to people who love pakora – proper?

Nothing beats the mixture of some sizzling pakora with chai.

Step-by-Step Information

Find out how to make Palak Pakoda

Prepping spinach leaves

1. Rinse the palak or spinach leaves very nicely in water and finely chop them. Hold apart. You will have 1.5 to 2 cups of finely chopped spinach leaves.

TIP: Spinach is listed actually excessive on the Soiled Dozen listing. If potential, please attempt to purchase natural or develop your individual.

finely chopped spinach in a yellow mixing bowl

Mixing spinach with onions and seasonings

2. Add ⅓ cup chopped onions, 1 teaspoon chopped ginger and 1 inexperienced chili (chopped).

chopped onions, ginger and green chillies added to spinach

three. Then add 1 teaspoon fennel seed powder, ¼ to ½ teaspoon purple chili powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, a pinch of asafoetida (hing) and 1 to 1.5 tablespoons white sesame seeds.

ground spices, salt and white sesame seeds added

Making batter

four. Subsequent add 1 cup besan (gram flour) and salt based on your liking. You possibly can additionally add a pinch of baking soda at this step.

besan and salt added

5. Combine all of the elements very nicely and put aside for five minutes.

ingredients mixed and set aside

6. Add water in components. Keep in mind the spinach and onions will launch water as soon as they’re blended with salt and the bottom spices. So watch out whereas including water.

As I’ve talked about in step 5 above – first combine the elements completely and put aside for five minutes. Then add ½ cup of water first. If the batter continues to be thick then add some extra water.

I added few tablespoons extra water as I used selfmade gram flour which is barely coarse.

some water added to the mixed palak pakoda ingredients

7. Combine very nicely. Do add water as wanted to make a medium consistency batter.

palak pakora batter ready


eight. Warmth oil in a kadai or pan. When the oil is medium sizzling, drop spoonfuls of the pakoda batter within the oil.

TIP: To verify if the oil is prepared for frying, add 1 to 2 small spoons of batter in it. If the batter sizzles and comes up on the floor rapidly and steadily, your oil is sizzling sufficient to start frying.

spoonful of batter being dropped in hot oil with a spoon

9. Fry them till they change into pale golden. Then gently flip over with a slotted spoon and fry the opposite aspect.

palak pakoda being fried in hot oil

10. Flip over a few occasions and fry all of the palak pakoda till they’re crisp and golden.

TIP: Relying on the dimensions of the pan or kadai, you may fluctuate the numbers of pakoda whereas frying – however don’t add an excessive amount of or overcrowd the pan.

palak pakora getting fried

11. Take away them with a slotted spoon.

fried palak pakoda on a black slotted spoon

12. Place the palak pakora on kitchen paper towels to take away additional oil.

palak pakoda placed on kitchen paper towels

13. Serve palak pakoda sizzling or heat. Dissipate all the batter this fashion by frying the pakora in batches.

palak pakoda served in a bowl with a side of wheat bread slices and coriander chutney on a wooden board

What to serve Palak Pakoda with?

  1. Chutney: Palak pakoda pairs very well with a coriander chutney or mint chutney or tamarind chutney and even coconut chutney.
  2. Dipping sauces: Tasty dipping sauces like schezwan sauce, purple chilli sauce and tomato ketchup additionally style good with palak pakora.
  3. Raita: A singular aspect that goes very well with palak pakora is raita. A easy plain raita made with minimal seasonings – roasted cumin powder, purple chilli powder, salt and cilantro or mint. I don’t find out about you, however that is one in all my favourite sides for palak pakora.
  4. Bread: Indian breads like roti or perhaps a leavened entire wheat loaf or dinner rolls style delish. Serve with masala or ginger chai.


Professional Ideas


  • Spices & herbs: Spinach has metallic flavors. So to stability these flavors, the batter has to have an ideal seasoning from the spices and herbs which my recipe affords. Although this recipe gained’t offer you a spicy palak pakora, however in case you favor you may enhance the proportion of inexperienced chillies and purple chilli powder.
  • No onion variation: If you don’t eat onions, simply skip them.
  • Spinach: Each contemporary and frozen spinach will be included. Child spinach additionally tastes good.
  • Thawing frozen spinach: Frozen spinach can change into watery when it thaws. To keep away from this, after thawing the spinach, both squeeze it in a tea towel or press it via a strainer to take away additional water. Then proceed with the pakoda recipe.
  • Baking & air frying: For well being causes, you may positively bake these palak fritters. Preheat your oven or air-fryer for 10 minutes. Then bake or air fry at 180 levels celsius (356 levels Fahrenheit). Both you may add 1 to 2 tablespoons oil within the batter or when the pakora is half-baked, brush them flippantly with oil.
  • Leavening ingredient: I principally keep away from including baking soda or baking powder to the batter when making any pakora. For a fluffy palak pakoda, add 1 pinch of baking soda or ¼ teaspoon of baking powder to the batter.  

Recipe notes

  • Batter: This straightforward palak pakoda recipe batter has a medium consistency. Just remember to don’t find yourself with a skinny or runny or a thick batter. A skinny batter will take in an excessive amount of oil and thick batter will make the fritters doughy.
  • Water proportion: For the batter start with including ½ cup water and add extra provided that wanted. Some spinach leaves or onions might have a better water content material and the standard, texture of the gram flour can be not the identical in all places. So you want to add water maintaining these elements in thoughts. Right here I’ve made the pakora with selfmade gram flour which is barely coarse – thus I added a bit extra water to the batter than what I’d have achieved in any other case. The packaged flour is ok to tremendous effective, so you’ll need so as to add much less water.
  • Oil: For deep frying use any impartial oil that has a excessive smoke level.  


Find out how to inform if oil is sizzling sufficient for frying?

Earlier than you start to fry preserve the warmth to medium or medium-high. Often meals is fried at a temperature of 180 to 190 levels Celsius.

You’ll be able to verify the oil temperature with a frying thermometer. However in case you would not have a thermometer, then you may comply with the tactic talked about beneath.

Add a couple of small spoons of the batter to the recent oil. If it sizzles and comes up rapidly and steadily, your oil is sizzling sufficient to start frying.

Once you see that the batter stays on the backside, which means that the oil shouldn’t be sizzling – therefore enhance the warmth a bit.

When the batter comes up too fast and will get browned or burnt, the oil may be very sizzling – thus scale back the warmth barely.

Why are my pakoras soggy?

In case your pakora batter is watery or runny, it is going to take in oil making it soggy. Frying pakora on a low warmth will even make them soggy.

At all times fry pakora in batches. Don’t overcrowd the oil with many pakoras. Doing this reduces the temperature of the oil and the pakora take in extra oil making them soggy.

How can I make my pakora much less oily?

Fry pakora at medium to medium-high warmth. Fry in batches and don’t add too many pakoda within the pan for frying. Carry on regulating the warmth.

Including 1 to 2 teaspoons of sizzling oil within the batter not solely makes the pakora crispy however they take in much less oil as nicely.

Extra Pakoras!

Crispy Spinach Fritters

On this methodology of creating palak pakoda recipe every spinach leaf is dipped in a spiced gram flour batter after which fried.

crispy spinach leaf fritters placed on a light yellow oval plate with ketchup in a small white bowl

The result’s a crisp and golden gram flour batter coated spinach fritters that style superior with a cup of tea and a few inexperienced chutney.

These spinach fritters are very crisp and also you get a definite taste and style of spinach in every chunk. If you’re keen on spinach then you’ll like this variation of creating the fritters.

Step-by-step Crispy Spinach Fritters

1. Rinse, drain and pat dry the spinach leaves. If the leaves are very massive, you may chop them into two halves.

spinach leaves rinsed and placed on a grey kitchen towel

2. In a mixing bowl take 1.5 cups besan, ½ teaspoon purple chili powder, ¾ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain), 2 teaspoon white sesame seeds, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon garam masala powder, a beneficiant pinch of asafoetida (hing), 2 pinches of baking soda and salt based on your style.

Add ¾ to 1 cup water little by little and blend to a thick clean batter. Put aside.

batter mixed and ready for making spinach fritters

three. Warmth oil till medium sizzling in a pan or kadai. Dip every leaf into the batter and coat it evenly with the batter. Draining the additional batter from the batter coated spinach leaf on the perimeters of the blending bowl, carry the leaf gently and place within the sizzling oil.

frying spinach fritters in oil in a pan

four. One one aspect is golden and crisp, fastidiously flip over with a slotted spoon. Fry the second aspect till crisp. Take away with a slotted spoon. Fry the remaining fritters in the identical method.

Relying on the dimensions of your pan or kadai, fry 2 to four fritters on the similar time

frying spinach fritters

5. Drain them on paper towels to take away extra oil.

fried spinach fritters placed on kitchen paper towels

6. Serve the crispy spinach fritters sizzling with mint chutney, tamarind chutney or tomato sauce or cilantro chutney or any inexperienced chutney. You may as well sprinkle some chaat masala on high of the fritters whereas serving. Serve with masala tea or ginger tea.

crispy spinach leaf fritters placed on a light yellow oval plate with ketchup in a small white bowl

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Palak Pakoda is a crisp and engaging deep fried fritters made with spinach, gram flour, herbs and spices.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 20 minutes

Complete Time 30 minutes

Servings four

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Spinach fritters are crisp and engaging fritters made with entire spinach leaf and spiced gram flour batter.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 25 minutes

Complete Time 35 minutes

Servings three

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This put up is from the archives (Might 2012) and has been republished and up to date on 9 January 2021. 

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