Palak Pakoda Recipe | Spinach Fritters Recipe | Palak ke Pakode

palak pakoda recipe served with masala chai tea

Monsoon is just round the corner and I can’t wait for the first shower of the season. Rains get me super excited. There is something about rains that completely changes the mood. The cool breeze, the sound of the thunder, the raindrops splashing against the window, and even the power cuts; everything feels so charming. My folks welcome the monsoon by making a snack platter that features a delightful assortment of fritters that make the entire house smell delicious. There are a few kinds of chutneys to go along. We sit in a circle on the huge bed, as it rains outside. We play Ludo, laugh, and enjoy the hot fritters. It’s a ritual that I have been a part of ever since I was little. Palak ke pakode have always been one of the all-time favorites on that ritualistic fritters platter. Today I am sharing with you a piece of one of my fondest memories – the palak pakoda recipe.

The Simplest Palak Pakoda Recipe Ever

Palak is the name for spinach in Hindi. Pakoda or Pakora means fritters. So palak pakoda are spinach fritters that are made using whole spinach leaves. They are batter-fried bits of sinful goodness; so crispy, fresh, and simple. This palak pakoda recipe is the epitome of simplicity. You might have had palak pakoras that had 45 ingredients in them. They sure taste good, but only for a while. You get over the taste and move on to something else. I have eliminated all the frilly ingredients and retained just the very basic ones. You will never get bored of these. Besides, everyone can enjoy this palak pakoda recipe because there is absolutely nothing in it that they might not like. It also helps preserve the taste and flavors of spinach as there is nothing that might overpower them.

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Now let’s start with the lovely Indian spinach fritters recipe.

How to Make Palak Pakoda

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Palak Pakoda Recipe | Spinach Fritters Recipe | Palak ke Pakode
 
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Palak Pakoda Recipe is the simplest and easiest fritters recipe that you will ever come across. Fresh spinach leaves coated in chickpea flour batter and deep-fried until crispy make an irresistible tea-time snack.
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Recipe type: Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 15 pakodas
Ingredients
  • Spinach leaves – 15, rinsed and pat-dried
  • Chickpea flour/Besan – 1 cup
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Baking soda – a pinch
  • Carom seeds/Ajwain – ½ tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – for deep-frying
Instructions
  1. Take the chickpea flour/besan in a bowl. Add salt, baking soda, and carom seeds/ajwain to it. Give it a mix.
  2. Add water to the mixture and whisk it as you go to get a smooth batter.
  3. The batter should be thin and form a thin layer on the spinach leaves.
  4. Dip a spinach leaf in the chickpea flour/besan batter and pick it up by its stem. Let the excess batter drip.
  5. When the oil is hot enough, about 180°C, carefully drop in the batter-coated spinach leaves.
  6. When the underside has set, flip the spinach fritters and continue to fry them till the batter on the other side sets too.
  7. Reduce the heat and continue to fry the fritters flipping them often till they turn crispy. This should take about a minute.
  8. Remove the spinach fritters onto a plate lined with paper towel.
  9. Transfer to the serving plate. Serve the spinach fritters hot with masala chai. Enjoy!

Palak Pakoda Recipe with Step by Step Pictures


Step 1

Prepare the ingredients for the palak pakoda. Rinse and pat dry 15 leaves of spinach.

preparation of the palak pakoda ingredients


Step 2

Take 1 cup chickpea flour/besan in a bowl. Add salt to taste, a pinch of baking soda, and ½ tsp of carom seeds/ajwain to it. Give it a mix.

preparing the batter for the spinach fritters


Step 3

Add ½ cup water to the mixture and whisk it as you go to get a smooth batter.

preparing the batter for the palak pakodas


Step 4

The batter should be thin and form a thin layer on the spinach leaves.

besan or chickpea flour batter for palak ke pakode


Step 5

Dip a spinach leaf in the chickpea flour/besan batter and pick it up by its stem. Let the excess batter drip.

spinach leaf coated in the chickpea flour batter for making spinach fritters


Step 6

When the oil is hot enough, about 180°C, carefully drop in the batter-coated spinach leaves.

spinach fritters being fried for the best fritters recipe


Step 7

When the underside has set, flip the spinach fritters and continue to fry them till the batter on the other side sets too.

frying the palak pakoda that is a vegetarian snacks recipe


Step 8

Reduce the heat and continue to fry the fritters flipping them often till they turn crispy. This should take about a minute.

vegetarian snacks recipe palak pakoda is ready


Step 9

Remove the spinach fritters onto a plate lined with paper towel.

palak pakoda recipe is ready


Step 10

Transfer to the serving plate. Serve the spinach fritters hot with masala chai. Enjoy!

palak ke pakode with chai for evening snacks recipes

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Ananya Sinha
    June 20, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    badiya recipe hai monica ji…simple n sweet.. goin to try tonight itself..

    • Reply
      Monica
      June 22, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Hi Ananya. Thank you dear. I hope your palak pakoda turned out yummy.

  • Reply
    Amita Shanbaug
    July 3, 2017 at 5:05 am

    gorgeous lookin pakodas

    • Reply
      Monica
      July 3, 2017 at 7:36 am

      Thanks, Amita.

  • Reply
    Shenona Rodrigues
    August 8, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    very simple recipe…short n sweet..

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks. It’s a no fuss recipe.

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    J rodrigues
    September 17, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    I am impressed how you mix up simple ingredients and bring about mouth watering results. I have already added the ingredients to the shopping list will inform you how it turns out!

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    Swapna guliani
    September 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    My favorite ….. Looks crisp and dwlicious

  • Reply
    Madhav
    September 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Lovely fritters!!!!!

  • Reply
    pradeep sanghi
    November 25, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    wow! what a combo monica ji, aap ek hotel khol do, hum tino time ka khana wahi kha liya karenge!

    • Reply
      Monica
      November 28, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Haha! One day for sure. 🙂

  • Reply
    radhika sonar
    May 10, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    hi dear. i follow your blog very closely and i love your recipes. there are just a handful of ingredients in this pakoda recipe but that simplicity makes it taste so homely and comforting.. i made a big batch today since it rained suddenly and we all loved it. thanks.

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      Monica
      May 12, 2018 at 3:47 am

      Thanks so much Radha. That means a lot. I am so happy you made and enjoyed the palak pakoda recipe. Do try other pakora recipes too. 🙂 Happy cooking.

  • Reply
    Amit Pattnaik
    July 23, 2018 at 3:37 am

    The Palak pakodas look really enticing. Now that the monsoon is here, the evenings (especially those of the weekends) call for such hot and spicy pakodas.. What could be better than just sitting by the balcony and enjoying the rains sipping hot tea and pakodas. Thank you so much for the recipe 🙂

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