Palak Pakora (Spinach Fritters)
Well, this recipe is kinda healthy it’s got spinach in it! Spinach is known to be healthy: it has zinc, protein, fiber, a whole bunch of vitamins, minerals and is very low in fat and cholesterol. But after I fry them up into little fritters, I really don’t know how healthy they’ll be. I take solace in the fact that I don’t really fry them for all that long. I’m going to say here that this is best enjoyed with a hot cup of green tea. The green tea should help to cut out the damage caused by the frying process or at least I hope it will. Fried food is so tasty and so hard to resist!
Before I continue let me inform you, dear reader, that this recipe was contributed by my wife who is a much better cook than me. She has made the wonderful Palak Pakoras which you see in the photograph.
Here is what you’ll need to make this extremely nice snack!
Ingredients for Three Servings:
Spinach – 3 Cups Chopped
Gram Flour – 1 Tablespoon
Corn Flour – 2 Tablespoons
Cumin Powder – 1/4th Teaspoon
Coriander Powder – 1/4th Teaspoon
Turmeric Powder – 1/4th Teaspoon
Salt – To Taste
Green Chilies – 1 Finely Diced
Cooking Oil – Enough for Deep Frying
In a bowl add the Chopped Spinach and add Salt to it. Mix and leave to stand for five minutes. The Salt will make the Spinach release its water. You do not need to add any more water. Doing this will make the Palak Pakoras more crispy and crunchy. Now add all the powdered spices and Gram Flour and Corn Flour. Mix really well till Spinach is well coated with both the flours. If you feel that you need to add more Gram or Corn Flur then please do so. if not then you are good to start frying.
In a Kadhai add enough Cooking Oil for deep-frying. Once the oil is hot enough, with a teaspoon, scoop out the batter and Spinach, one teaspoon at a time and add to oil. Do not over crowd Kadhai otherwise the fritters will not become crisp. Stir occasionally and ensure that the fritters get an even Golden Brown Color.
Crispy and crunchy Palak Pakoras are done! Enjoy!