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Spinach Pakora


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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 will not be sorry.


  • Prep Time : 5 min
  • Cook Time : 10 min
  • Ready Time : 15 min




  • 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 for the oil in a bowl, add water just enough 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, here it is 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.



About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




11 Responses to Spinach Pakora

  1. avatar says: Kokolishi

    I made this and it came out delicious!

  2. I make this all the time now and it is a huge hit with grown ups and kids, but I use frozen spinach and it is even better and easier than fresh.

  3. Palaak (spinach) paneer is my favorite indian dish. making indian spinach cutlets, just sounds to good to be true

  4. I have some kale and I am wondering if I could use that in place of the spinach.

    • I never tried it and like I said I have usually been using frozen spinach these days, but I think the kale might be nice.

  5. I am really liking Indian food right now and these are wonderful! I baked them rather than frying them in a 450 degree oven on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Cook for 9 min. on one side, flip and another 9 minutes on the other. Came out great!
    I can also see where these would work well in a sprayed muffin tin.
    You can tell I don’t like to fry!

  6. I ended up getting spinach and making this with it. The fragrance of the garam masala was wonderful and the pancakes went quickly. Thanks for sharing this, Tamar.

  7. avatar says: Roberta

    If I opt for frozen spinach, how much for the recipe?

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