Palak pakoda recipe (Crispy Palak leaves pakoda)

Palak pakoda recipe whole spinach leaves are coated with spiced gram flour batter and deep fried till crisp.

Palak pakoda recipe | Crispy Palak leaves pakoda recipe

As the winter season starts, we use/combine the spinach or palak in many different recipes whether it is dal palakaloo palakchole palakpalak soup or palak paratha.

Spinach is healthy green leafy vegetable that should be included in our diet.

Apart from making healthy recipes using spinach, I make this palak pakoda sometimes. During the cold wintery days, this is the best snack with cup of tea on weekend afternoons. This can be enjoyed on rainy days as well.

Sometimes we need to satisfy our cravings and it is ok to make deep fried or indulging food once in awhile. When it comes to the deep fried, my family prefers the pakoda, meaning any kind of pakoda. Hence you will many pakoda/pakora recipes here on the blog.

This spinach leaves pakoda has really crispy texture (if you have made it correctly). To get the perfect crisp texture, the batter should have medium thick consistency. If it has too much water then pakora will absorb more oil and become soggy. Also make sure to pat dry the spinach leaves before dipping into the batter.

You can take this one step further and make palak pakora chaat.


How to make Palak Pakoda recipe (Step by Step Recipe with Photos):


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1) take spinach leaves, remove the hard stalk. Rinse them well carefully. Pat it dry using kitchen towel or paper napkin.

2) Keep the cleaned, dry spinach leaves aside.
Palak pakoda recipe | Crispy Palak leaves pakoda recipe

3) To make the batter, take besan, rice flour, salt, ajwain, turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder in a bowl.

4) Mix well.
Palak pakoda recipe | Crispy Palak leaves pakoda recipe

5) Now make the batter by adding little water at a time. The consistency should be medium thick. I have used ⅓ cup of water. You may need more or less depending on the freshness and quality of the besan. If you dump all the water at once, you will have too many lumps in the batter and we need lump free medium thick batter.

6) Now heat the oil in a pan for deep frying on medium heat. Once it is hot, take one spinach leaf, dip into the batter.
Palak pakoda recipe | Crispy Palak leaves pakoda recipe

7) It should be coated from all the sides.

8) Gently slide the batter coated spinach leaves in the hot oil. Fry 4-5 pakodas at a time.
Palak pakoda recipe | Crispy Palak leaves pakoda recipe

9) Once fried from one side, flip it and fry another side. It should be crispy from both the sides.

10) Using slotted spatula, drain the excess oil and remove them on a paper towel lined plate.
Palak pakoda recipe | Crispy Palak leaves pakoda recipe

Sprinkle some chaat masala and red chili powder on top.

Serving suggestion: Serve this crispy palak leaves pakoda hot/warm with chutney like green coriander chutney or mint chutney, tamarind date chutney, ketchup. It can be served as a snack with a hot cup of tea/coffee.

Palak pakoda recipe | Crispy Palak leaves pakoda recipe

Palak pakoda recipe | Crispy Palak leaves pakoda recipe
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Palak pakoda recipe (Crispy Palak leaves pakoda recipe)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

  • 10-12 Spinach (Palak) leaves, medium sized
  • ½ cup Besan (gram flour)
  • 2 tablespoons Rice flour
  • ¼ teaspoon Ajwain (Carom seeds)
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon Red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup Water or more or less
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Chaat masala and red chili powder, to sprinkle on top of pakoda

Instructions

Preparation:

  1. take spinach leaves, remove the hard stalk.
  2. Rinse them well carefully. Pat it dry using kitchen towel or paper napkin.
  3. Keep the cleaned, dry spinach leaves aside.
  4. To make the batter, take besan, rice flour, salt, ajwain, turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder in a bowl. Mix well.
  5. Now make the batter by adding little water at a time.
  6. The consistency should be medium thick. I have used 1/3 cup of water.

Making palak pakoda recipe:

  1. Now heat the oil in a pan for deep frying on medium heat.
  2. Once it is hot, take one spinach leaf, dip into the batter. It should be coated from all the sides.
  3. Gently slid the batter coated spinach leaves in the hot oil.
  4. Fry 4-5 pakodas at a time.
  5. Once fried from one side, flip it and fry another side. It should be crispy from both the sides.
  6. Using slotted spatula, drain the excess oil and remove them on a paper towel lined plate.
  7. Sprinkle some chaat masala and red chili powder on top.

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