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Everyday Indian Food

Love is… a Punjabi Pakora

See our great new film to see how to make these wacky shaped beauties…

Punjabi Spinach and Onion Pakoras are hot, tasty, good honest Indian snack food.. made all the more scrumptious with a silky covering of spicy mint dip. And they make you feel all happy inside.

For a guaranteed loved-up feeling this Valentines day – get a bag of Chickpea flour (sometimes known as gram or garbanzo flour) and lets get cooking…

Look down for the full recipe, and look up for the video.

Punjabi Spinach and Onion Pakoras

Get Ready

1 cup chickpea flour
1 small onion
1 fresh chilli
handful of fresh baby spinach
small tub fresh plain yoghurt
1/4 – 1/2 cup water

sunflower oil
fresh mint


1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp paprika powder
1 tsp coriander seeds (crushed)
1/4 tsp bicarbonate soda

Special Kitchen things
Strainer spoon /spatula (long handled spoon with holes)
Kitchen tissue

Now What?

1. Slice onions, chop chilli and roughly chop baby spinach

2. Add chickpea flour in a large bowl with all the spices (including bicarbonate of soda).

3. Add small amounts of water and mix flour into a smooth paste. Take out as many of the lumps as possible.

4. Once smooth add the onions, fresh chilli, and spinach and mix so that everything is well covered by the yellow paste.

5. Heat sunflower oil in a wok. Test the oil is hot by dropping a small amount of paste into the oil – if it comes straight to the surface it’s ready. Make sure the oil is not smoking hot – you don’t want pakora’s that are brown on the outside and raw inside. If the oil is smoking take it off the heat and allow to cool down.

Take care with your wok of hot oil – place on the back burner on a medium heat.

6. Take a tablespoon and dip it into the hot oil to give it a thin coating of oil. This will help the mixture slide onto the oil easily. Pick up tablespoons full of the mixture and gently drop into the hot oil (take care not to splash).

7. When the pakora’s have turned a golden brown (after a few minutes) turn them over and cook the other side.

8. When cooked all over (5-10 minutes), carefully remove from oil, draining pakora’s and placing them on kitchen tissue paper to remove any more excess oil.

9. Enjoy the wacky shapes! Serve while hot with a mint dip (for a home made dip simply chop up fresh mint, and fresh chilli and mix into plain yogurt). Or for a greater flavour and punch serve pakora’s with Holy Cow! Madras Spicy Mint sauce.

Remember not to throw oil down your kitchen sink! Let it cool in the wok and then store in a sealed jar or container for re-use.


14 comments on “Love is… a Punjabi Pakora

  1. accordingtocarey
    August 27, 2012

    I am terrified of Indian cooking but you make it look so easy and delicious and I just love your little spice tins!

    • popiabhandari
      August 28, 2012

      That’s really kind – Thank you! Indian food is really easy and glad that comes across. Do give it a try, or come to one of my lessons if you’re in the neighbourhood!

  2. homeflair
    August 31, 2012

    Great pics on your blog and very nicely written and put forward 🙂

    • Kiran
      August 31, 2012

      That’s really kind of you to say – thank you! Likewise yours is great too 🙂

  3. It's only P!
    September 3, 2012

    Love all the colours of the blog/this post. Haven’t even checked the recipe yet, I just know it’s mouth watering! I’m very partial to Indian food. Bookmarked your blog (I don’t follow blogs, I’d be doing nothing but reading them all day. 😉

  4. thaibite
    September 4, 2012

    My little brother just recently asked me what was inside a pakora, I’m glad to see I got 3 ingredients right! Great post, you certainly make them look fun and easy to make

    • Kiran
      September 4, 2012

      That’s so great! Glad you liked the recipe and hope you give it a go 🙂

  5. stloueats
    September 5, 2012

    I love pakoras, and will definitely give this a try sometime this fall. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  6. naughteebits
    September 24, 2012

    Oh my goodness! LOVE pakoras! Gonna have to try!

    • Kiran
      September 24, 2012

      that’s great – hope you enjoy!

  7. La Food Crate
    September 24, 2012

    This looks good! I too am afraid to try Indian food, but you make it look delicious!

  8. clingingtosanity
    September 27, 2012

    This looks delicious! I just recently started experimenting with Indian spices, so I will definitely have to try this soon.

    • Kiran
      September 27, 2012

      If it’s getting cold where you are in the world – this is great comfort food! Enjoy with lots of extra chillies and a cuppa tea 🙂 Thank you!

  9. IsabellanTimes
    October 3, 2012

    yumm, I just buy my pakoras at the farmers market haha!

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This entry was posted on February 14, 2012 by in cooking, Dips, food, indian, Quick and Easy, Recipe, Recipes, Side dish, Snacks, Spice, Vegetarian.
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