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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spicy Palak Pakoras for the nip in the air!

The mercury has suddenly dropped. While the East Coast is awash in rains, we too had an impromptu rainy spell down south early this week. Which explains the sudden fall in temperature and gusty winds.Oopsie, I'm already freezing!

I have always enjoyed feeling cold. As a kid, feeling cold would help me slip into warm woolens, would fetch me a mug of hot chocolate and most importantly, would make it so easy for me to leave behind homework and stealthily slip between cozily warm quilts and snuggle in with my favorite book, till I would be cradled off to sleep by all that comfort!What peaceful days!

And to go with all this, something spicy and crunchy to ward off the chill and yet help enjoy the crispness in the air! Hence a couple of evenings ago, I went into my kitchen to prepare spicy, crunchy and very tasty 'Palak Pakoras' or fried Spinach Fritters to go with cups of gently spiced sweet Ginger tea for friends who would be dropping in for a chat.As the chilly winds billowed outside and scathing rains lashed against the windows, we chatted our hearts out, sipped on our cups of tea and munched on the crunchy fritters - an evening to remember!

Sending this recipe to 'Full Plate Thursday' at Miz Helen's and Midweek Fiesta # 5'!!

Palak Pakora (Spicy fried Spinach Fritters)
You will need:
Spinach leaves - About a cup, finely chopped
Onions, finely chopped
Ginger, finely chopped
Green chilies, finely chopped (You may add Red Chili powder if you like it more hot)
Ajwain/Caraway seeds -  Half a teaspoon
Kalonji/Nigella seeds - 1/4th of a teaspoon
Salt,to taste
Gramflour/Besan - 1 and 1/2 tablespoons (May also use all-purpose white flour)
Rice flour - 1/2 a tablespoon

Canola oil, for frying the fritters

How I made it:
1. Mix all the ingredients listed above, other than the Canola oil, in a big bowl and knead everything together till water comes out of the Spinach leaves and forms a soft,pliable dough.I usually do not add water from outside, since the Spinach leaves release water on kneading. But if the dough becomes too dry or hard to bring together, you may add a tablespoon of water,or as required.

2. In a pan, heat enough oil to deep-fry the fritters. When the oil is hot enough, form rough little roundlets out of the dough, flatten out between your fingers and release into the hot oil. Deep fry till golden brown on both sides and serve hot with any spicy Chutney or Ketchup.Enjoy with family and friends!

9 thoughtful musings left behind...:

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, they are amazingly tempting.

Sudha said...

Thanks Priya!They are actually a seasonal favorite and quite nutritious too - a fave with my family!

Sarah said...

I have never seen anything like this recipe! Very interesting!! :) Thanks so much for visiting my blog tonight...it's nice to meet you! I love your Hello Kitty girl on the side here inviting me to comment...so cute!

Have a great night!


Sudha said...

Hey Sarah,
Lovely to have you here!I'm really glad that you liked my dish and yes,the Hello Kitty was so cute that I couldn't help adding it to my page!!:)Do try out these fritters sometime and I'm sure you'll enjoy them - nice to meet you too!!

Vani said...

Lovely n innovative recipe!!

Sudha said...

Thanks a bunch,Vani:) so glad to see you here!

Amy said...

wow!!love this idea....easy recipe for tea time & I can hide spinach in it....coz my husband doesnt like spinach much...will try & let you know how it comes....
thanks for linking with Midweek Fiesta

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