Wednesday, September 17, 2008

PALAK PYAZ PAKODAS - SPINACH AND ONION FRITTERS

Hi everybody....I know its been a long while now, but am somewhat glad to be back. Honestly speaking, I have been sneaking around blogs but not wanting to join in the bandwagon for some unknown reasons,...I dont have an answer myself. Maybe it was nothing but sheer laziness to get back....mmmmm....n maybe no answer will satisfy me. So i've decided to leave it at that....what say???

But I missed blogging and all in this awesome blogsphere.

I have had this recipe pending in for a long time now. I love these fritters and more so on a rainy evening, when you just want to dig into something "hoily" - what I meant was "hot & oily" :) The onions add a very different crunch to them and they are outright delish. I will also share my MIL's secret for giving them an extra crispiness....which might not be a secret to many, but to me, it was the unveiling of a biiiiig secret when I was told the method. I guess that's whats passing on traditional kitchen secrets is all about - eh???

Here I come .........





Ingredients -
250 gms - finely chopped spinach (definitely afer washing the leaves)
2 big onions - finely chopped
enough gram flour to make into a thick batter
a pinch of asofetida
salt to taste
green chillies as per taste
a pinch of haldi / turmeric powder


method

In a wok heat enough oil. I somehow prefer using lesser oil, even though I might need to fry a batch or two extra shifts, but I prefer less reuse of the used oil (I hope I am able to make myself clear).
Mix everything together to make a thick batter
Drop in spoonfuls of the batter into the oil & fry just a wee bit less than golden brown.

Now for the ultimate secret - remove them from the oil and let them cool just enough to be handled.
Keep one pakoda in the palm of your hand and just press them a wee bit and refry them.

Beleive me - there will be an extra crunch....

You have ready to dig in, hot, irrestible pakodas.

14 comments:

Cynthia said...

Hey! It's lovely to see you again.

Nags said...

welcome back! i normally make these on a rainy day :) i have posted them on my blog too, but sans the onions.

Divya said...

Oh cool tip... I have seen that technique on TV, when they make plantain fritters. But never tried it out myself... good one.

Aparna said...

Shella, Its really nice to see you back.
And your fritters are just perfect for a rainy day, and its pouring here!
Never used spinach in fritters before. Shall try this.

Shella said...

Cynthia - thank you so much dear. Am glad to be back and it feels really good.

Nags - thank you dear. Try the onions next time. You wont regret - I promise

Divya - do try the technique. It really is worth it, though it takes a wee bit of extra effort.

Aparna - I am glad to be back too. With lovely people like you and others around, it feels comfortable. Do try the spinach sometimes and you'll love it.

mathew said...

i love fritters too..and esp if they have onions..i love the taste of fried onions!! i have made fritters with cauliflower..:-)

Happy cook said...

Delicious fritters,
sorry to hear about your dad.

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those look really tasty!

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Haley said...

Thanks for sharing the secret to great crunch! These look so tasty!

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Thanks!

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

HI Shella..came here after a long time..sincerely prayin for your Dad's soul..sure, he is seated at the right hand of the Father...
you take care, okie

warm regards,
Sona

Shella said...

Mathew - me too, me too - i cant resist fried onions. Try these you'll love them.

Happy Cook - thanks dear

Chocolate shavings - thanks

Haley - i shall be getting back to you on our mail.

Sona - dear, how are you - i hope you delivered a healthy baby - what is it. its nice to have you drop in here.....thanks for your concern.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow you have a nice blog.. pakodas looks perfect... yummy yummy

Malar Gandhi said...

Nice fritters, spinach and onion gud combo.

SriLekha said...

looks delicious!
first time to ur blog and it is too good!
do visit my blog when u find time and join in the savory event going in my blog!
Wish u a very happy new year!