Crispy Spinach Pakoras

Crispy Spinach Pakoras

Crispy Spinach Pakoras

Spinach pakoras are delicious as a snack. Spinach pakoras can be served many different ways and they always taste great. One of my favorite ways to serve these pakoras is papdi chaat.
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 30 pieces


For Batter

  • ½ cup gram flour (basen)
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch (arrow root powder)
  • ½ teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • About 3/4 cup water

Also need

  • About 30 fresh spinach leaves
  • Oil to fry



  • Mix all the dry ingredients together: besan, corn starch, black pepper, cumin seeds, asafetida, and salt. Corn starch adds to the crispness.
  • Add the water slowly to make a smooth batter (batter should be thin consistency).
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high heat.
  • The frying pan should have at least 1 ½ inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put one drop of batter in oil. The batter should come up but not change color right away.
  • Dip the spinach leaf into the batter one at a time, making sure it is covered by the batter completely; wipe it from side of the batter bowl making sure batter is evenly spread over spinach. Then, slowly drop in the slices into the frying pan.
  • Fry the pakoras in small batches. The pakoras will take about 2 to 3 minutes to cook.
  • Turn them occasionally. Fry the pakoras until both sides are golden-brown.
  • The crispy, delicious pakoras are now ready to serve.
  • They can be stored for several days in air tight container.


If oil is too hot pakoras will not be crispy; if oil is not hot enough, pakoras will be greasy.
Serving Suggestions
  1. Spinach pakoras can be served as chips with your choice of dipping sauce.
  2. Spinach crisp can also be served as papdi chaat.
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Crispy Spinach Pakoras: A Delectable Indian Snack

Crispy spinach pakoras are a quintessential Indian snack that tantalize taste buds with their crunchy texture and flavorful profile. Spinach Pakora, a delightful blend of appetizers and snacks, is a gluten-free and vegan treat perfect for winter recipes, offering a crunchy and flavorful indulgence. These bite-sized delights, also known as crispy spinach pakoras, are a favorite among food enthusiasts for their simplicity and robust taste. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the art of crafting these irresistible treats, exploring the crispy spinach pakoras recipe, step by step.

Step 1: Gathering Ingredients

To embark on this culinary adventure, gather the necessary ingredients. Fresh spinach leaves, besan (gram flour), rice flour, ajwain (carom seeds), turmeric powder, chili powder, cumin seeds, asafetida (hing), and salt are the key players in this recipe. These ingredients blend harmoniously to create the signature flavor and texture of crispy spinach pakoras.

Step 2: Preparing the Batter

Begin by washing the spinach leaves thoroughly and patting them dry. Chop the spinach finely, ensuring uniformity in size. In a mixing bowl, combine besan, rice flour, ajwain, turmeric powder, chili powder, cumin seeds, asafoetida, and salt. Gradually add water to the dry mixture, whisking continuously until a smooth batter forms. The consistency should be thick enough to coat the spinach leaves evenly.

Step 3: Coating the Spinach

Dip each spinach leaf into the prepared batter, ensuring it is well-coated on both sides. Gently shake off any excess batter to achieve a light coating. Repeat this process for the remaining spinach leaves, arranging them on a plate for frying.

Step 4: Frying to Perfection

Heat oil in a deep-frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil reaches the desired temperature, carefully slide the coated spinach leaves into the hot oil, ensuring they are not overcrowded. Fry the spinach pakoras until they turn golden brown and crisp, flipping them occasionally for even cooking. Once done, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.

Step 5: Serving and Enjoying

Serve the hot and crispy spinach pakoras with a side of mint chutney or tamarind sauce for an added burst of flavor. These delectable treats are perfect for snacking on rainy days or as appetizers for gatherings. Enjoy the crunchy exterior giving way to the tender spinach inside with every bite.


Paneer Spinach Pakoras: Add crumbled paneer (Indian cottage cheese) to the batter for a creamy twist.

Cheese Spinach Pakoras: Stuff the spinach leaves with cheese before coating them with batter for a gooey surprise.


Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that promote overall health. Incorporating spinach into pakoras not only enhances the flavor but also adds a dose of goodness to this indulgent snack. Additionally, the use of besan (gram flour) provides a gluten-free alternative, making it suitable for individuals with dietary restrictions.


Q: Can I make crispy spinach pakoras ahead of time?

A: While pakoras are best enjoyed fresh and hot, you can prepare the batter in advance and fry them just before serving to retain their crispiness.

Q: Can I bake spinach pakoras instead of frying them?

A: Although frying yields the crispiest results, you can try baking spinach pakoras in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for approximately 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Q: Can I freeze leftover pakoras?

A: While pakoras are best consumed fresh, you can freeze any leftovers in an airtight container. Reheat them in the oven or air fryer for a few minutes until warmed through.

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37 thoughts on “Crispy Spinach Pakoras

  1. I didn’t have spinach so I sliced a potato really thin and followed the same recipe. It came out great!
    Next time I’ll try to serve it as a chaat with yogurt and tamarind+cilantro chutneys.

  2. Once I got it through my head that the batter really does need to be thin, they came out great! Next time I will cut down just a little on the hing and maybe try cayenne pepper instead of black pepper. Even my mother (who isn’t accustomed to the spices used in Indian cooking) liked them!

  3. manjula ji,
    i myself love cooking but not as expert as u are ut i am trying …. whenever i get free time i always love trying new dishes. few months back i got to see one of your dishes .since then i have been cooking more wonderful dishes for my boys… n they love them ….i want to thank u very much for the wonderful work n brilliant receipes … thank u very much …

  4. I am an American who loves Indian food and enjoy your website very much. I have not prepared many of your dishes yet, but hope to very soon. I have a question about asafetida (hing). I have not seen it even in the Asian grocers here, but was wondering if it is necessary to the flavor of the dish. What is its benefit to the recipe? Thank you!

    1. Naomi, hing is only found at Indian grocery stores. It gives a hint of flavor similar to onion and garlic, but if you don’t have any hing the dish will still taste good. Don’t worry about it.

  5. Thank You very much for the recipe, Its great to eat food that mom makes, but now i am able to do it myself in college. Great thanks, i guess i don’t miss mums cooking any more!!

  6. Hi Manjula Aunty,

    Your spinach pakora recipe is soooo good! my boyfriend loved them! crunchy and crispy, they were delightfully easy to make… thank you!

    p.s. u’re super cute and adorable…

    1. If you have an oven or toaster oven you could probably get the same effect by broiling. Put it on a pan lightly-coated with oil and broil for a few minutes, turn over, then broil a few minutes more.

  7. Dear Manjula: I just discovered your site while helping a friend find a vegetarian Indian recipe for a good-bye party for an Indian friend. I have watched a couple of recipes myself and wanted to thank you for being so entertaining and informative. They look delicious and can’t wait to try a few, especially the zucchini rice and the spinach pakoras. Thank you very much! Cheers, Michael B

    1. The unhealthiness of fried foods depends on a variety of things. An oil or fat loaded with hydrogenated oils or partially-hydrogenated oils isn’t healthy. Cooking with Safflower Oil, Canola Oil, etc is a MUCH healthier option as these aren’t hydrogenated or loaded with fat. The fat they do contain are primarily mono- and poly- unsaturated fats which are actually beneficial to the body (in moderation of course). And when cooking with healthier oils we can help boost the quality of health by allowing oil to run off foods and into the pan before putting the foods on our plate. Fried food in this manner does have health value.

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