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Monday, January 7, 2013

Palak Pakoras | Spinach Fritters: Carom seeds flavored!

"Wishing you all a very happy & a prosperous new year"

My son asks, who loves spinach more, me or Popeye? I answer back saying, " you are the greatest lover of spinach in the whole world". He happily & proudly asks for second serving of the spinach dish. Because of the above reason, I always have spinach lying in my fridge. I try to make as many dishes as possible using spinach. Some of my spinach delicacies could be found here.

During one of the festivals last year, I made this pakora instead of the cabbage pakora. We relished this with thick rice flakes bisi bele bath.


Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 10-15 mins
Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:
  • Spinach leaves: About 2 cups finely chopped
  • Gram flour/Besan: 1 cup, a little more or less.
  • Rice flour: 2 tbsp
  • Fine rava/Cream of wheat: 2 tbsp
  • Salt: As needed
  • Red chilli powder: 1 tsp, adjust according to your needs
  • Carom seeds/Ajwain: 1/2 tsp (Refer here for Language Translation to Kannada)
  • Hot oil: 1 tsp
  • Baking soda: a small pinch
  • Water: As needed
For deep frying:
Enough oil for frying the pakoras.


Method:

Wash the spinach leaves & chop them fine.
In a medium sized bowl, add all the ingredients mentioned (except the oil for deep frying!).
Mix them well.
Add few tablespoons of water at a time and make a thick batter. Consistency should be like that of a cupcake batter.
Heat oil in a wok. When oil is hot, scoop out a tablespoon of batter directly in the oil & deep fry in a medium heat.
After a couple of minutes, keep moving the fritters in the oil for even cooking. 
When the pakoras turn golden brown, remove them on a paper towel. 
Repeat the procedure with the remaining batter.
Serve the fritters, either with green chutney or with a dip of your choice!



Notes:
  • For extra crispness, add thinly sliced onions along with the spinach. 
  • Instead of carom seeds, these fritters could be flavored with cumin seeds or grated ginger.

8 comments:

Apu said...

They look perfect for a winter snack!

Priya said...

Love to add carom seeds in my fritters, an attractive pakoras.

Kannada Cuisine said...

These look so good! I have been craving for some Pakoda/Vade for so long...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and crunchy pakoras.
Deepa

prathibha Garre said...

Perfect snack for the winters....looks crispy n yumm

Kalpana Sareesh said...

perfect snacks..

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Vani said...

Perfect for the cold weather!

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