Palak Pakoras

“I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.
I’m strong to the finich, cause I eats me spinach.
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man. I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.”

I know what you’re thinking. No, I’m not Popeye the Sailor Man. But I LOVE spinach just as much as he does, if not more. Rich in iron, lovely colour, tastes yumm, pairs well with almost anything. What’s not to like? And when it’s spinach something deep-fried, who can even refuse it. Let alone refuse, sometimes you cannot rest until you’ve made it, pigged on it and burped in satisfaction. And that’s a confession coming from the pit bottom of the yummy tummy.

Although I made these pakoras for another dish, the husband and I did sneak in a few pakoras as is but pretended otherwise even though we snuck them in each other’s presence. Shh, but you din’t hear anything.

As for what I made with these pakoras, that’s for you to guess. Even if you don’t, you will know when I post the dish in my next post. But then,there’s no harm having a little fun guessing till then, is there? I’m not telling you when should ideally be making these. There is no right time for a deep-fried snack. Any time is the right time. Agree? Good.

Palak Pakoras

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Comes together in: 15-20 minutes
Makes: 20-22 lime-sized pakoras


  • Palak/Spinach – 1 bunch, cleaned and finely chopped
  • Onion – 1 no, finely chopped
  • Garlic – 4-5 pods, minced
  • Coriander – a fistful, cleaned and finely chopped
  • Red Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Roasted Jeera/Cumin powder – 1 tbsp
  • Besan/Chickpea flour – 2 cups
  • Rice flour (optional) – 2-3 tbsps (for crispness)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water – as required, to make a firm dough
  • Oil – for frying
  • Put all the ingredients except the water in a wide bowl and mix well.
  • Add water little by little and bring the dough together. We want a dough that has the same consistency as chappathi/roti dough.
  • Pinch the dough and roll with greased palms to form lime-sized balls.
  • In the meanwhile, heat oil in a wok. 
  • Fry the pakoras in batches, till they turn a lovely golden brown all over.
  • Serve hot with tomato ketchup, a piping hot cuppa and a good read, all by the window.
How hard was that?  Go on, make these and indulge yourself. If you’re like me, it’s not everyday that you gorge on deep-fried food anyway. Once in a while is perfectly alright. I grant you the permission. If you’re used to eating such food often anyway, how does it matter. Do you even need a reason? So not. No more excuses.

17 responses to “Palak Pakoras

  1. lovely pakoras..looks absolutely delicious..loved the texture inside..

  2. You are on a blogging spree 🙂 yumm pakodas.. Loved the last pic 🙂 yu made pakodewali kadhi with them??

  3. Perfect pakoras to go with tea!!

  4. Look soo yumm.. making this today if I can get my hands on some fresh palak 🙂

  5. Nice to look looks very yummy.i will make n get back to u…

  6. lovely clicks madhuri and healthy pakoras too i can eat them all day

  7. Lovely tea time snack 🙂

  8. I’ve never seen something like this before – interesting and so colorful – I love spinach myself and this is definetly a new way to approach cooking it. Thanks so much for sharing!

    ~ Cookery for Two

  9. My doesn’t eat greens but spinach is an exception. Because Popeye loves it he too loves it 🙂
    Nice pics and pakoras look yummy!!

  10. Lovely texture of the pakodas,what are you gonna make with it?Palak kofta rice..?just a wild guess:)

  11. wow, looks scrumptuous.. the time is always right for some pakora’s! my guess would be for kadhi pakora? in which case, the spinach throws a nice angle to the dish 🙂

  12. Lovely pakoras, lovely click.., I love the way you write.., remembering my kids when they were small.. loved popeye show all time favourite

  13. Man..forget the brownies – I want these. They look so round and perfect – not like the messy pakodas. If only you could box these up for me and send them my way….

  14. Madhuri…itried this and it was so yummy. Blogged abt it here
    thank you for such a wonderful recipe

  15. Looks like yummy.
    Thanks for sharing such wonderful post. 🙂

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