Spinach – Onion Pakodas


Also known as Bhajiyas. Family/friends and colleagues, they all relish them immensely.

Delhi heat is beyond hot, so that word is an understatement- scorching/sizzling/blistering are a few synonyms I could remember.. as soon as we feel a few drops of rain and a bit of cool wind blowing that is an immediate relief!

The rain is synonymous to pakodas and garam garam chai! and even here in Ireland, the tradition continues..
Infact, the rain is quite frequent here , so pakodas should be on the daily menu ;))

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups besan; also known as gram flour
2 medium onions- finely sliced
1 packet baby spinach – finely chopped
2 large potatoes- finely diced
3-4 green chillies – finely chopped
1/2 tsp red chilli powder ( optional )
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
1 cup Cold Water

  1. Sieve the besan into a large bowl, mix all spices
  2. Add cold water and whisk till you get a thick paste;should be a dropping consistency but not runny.( key to success) 🙂
  3. Add the onions, potatoes and spinach and mix well.
  4. Heat the oil in wok, till smokey hot and turn down to medium heat.
  5. Now with a tablespoon , scoop the mixture from the bowl and drop into hot oil, you can add 6-7 in the wok ;
  6. Flip them after 2-3 minutes and let them cook the other side; they will start turning golden brown;we need them to be dark brown but be careful that they aren’t overdone.
    Do not increase the heat as they will cook from outside but remain raw from the inside.They are best done at medium heat.

Takeaway tip- As I always have leftovers, my 6yr old loves them for her school lunch the next day.
It is known as the pakoda sandwich, smear a hint of ketchup or some cream cheese and that’s it, the lunch is sorted !