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Spinach Pakora

spinach pakora

This may not be totally authentic pakora, but it is really good. One of my kids favorite snacks or side dishes, this Spinach Pakora is a hit every time. Pakora is an Indian appetizer made by mixing vegetables with chickpea flour, the flour gets sticky when mixed with water so there is no need to add egg, that is how it is naturally gluten free and vegan. It is usually deep fried, but I make them into little patties so I can pan fry them. Give it a try, you won't be sorry.

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  • 4Servings


  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup gram flour (chickpea flour or besan)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 green chili (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil for frying


1 Mix all ingredients except the oil in a bowl, add  just enough water to moisten. The batter should turn sticky.

2 Heat frying pan with oil over high heat. Spoon tablespoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil, flatten with fork. When browned, flip over and cook the other side until brown. Remove to a plate covered with paper towels.
3 Serve pakora with chutney of choice. Pictured here with a tamarind sauce, just take tamarind paste and mix with water to achieve desired consistency and flavor, add a teaspoon of ketchup, a teaspoon of sugar, a dash of salt and a teaspoon of crushed garlic.