I never had heard of palak pakoda until I witnessed it in my office cafeteria a month ago. It sounded new to me and got me thinking. I had been planning on making it for S. The fact that we dont get to be with each other very often these days, this thought just remained a thought. But how long would I need to wait to try this yummy sounding dish? I tried it yesterday and it was a super duper success!! I know palak is healthy and frying it is not! But if I have to win S’s heart, its only with the fried food for he loves anything oily 😀 When I started cleaning out palak only I realized I didnt have the most important ingredient “Gram Flour”. With no further ado, I nudged S to get a new pack (when we were well past our lunch time). The fried food loving husband came back in five minutes with a pack of flour and then I tried out those pakodas 🙂 Here is the recipe –
- Fresh bunch of Palak
- Gram Flour – 1 cup
- Rice Flour – 2 tbsp
- Salt – as required
- Water – as required
- Jeera Powder – 2 tsp
- Chili Powder – 2 tsp
- Oil – for frying
- Clean the palak by washing it under tap water for 2 times and select fairly big sized leaves and let them dry.
- Take a mixing bowl, add gram flour, rice flour, salt, jeera powder, red chili powder. Add enough water to make it into a smooth batter. Neither too runny nor thick.
- Heat the oil in a kadai.
- Dip each leaf of palak into the batter after folding it to two halves.
- Put it into the oil kept for fry and let it get golden brown before taking it off.
- Serve it hot with tomato ketchup or coconut chutney.