No-Fry Onion-Spinach Pakora (Gluten-Free No-Fry Indian Fritters)

No-Fry Pakora or Fritters

No-Fry-Pakora-Fritters, Garam Masala KitchenCrispy, golden brown and irresistible, Onion-Spinach Pakoras or Fritters, are an extremely popular snack in Indian cuisine. Pakoras are basically fritters where onions, or other vegetables, are coated in a chickpeas flour or gram flour batter, seasoned with Indian spices and deep-fried. They are a popular street food as well as a great tea-time snack, especially during the monsoons. As with any popular food item, there are a zillion variations of this recipe. Pakoras are typically served with sweet & spicy condiments like ketchup, cilantro chutney or Date-Imli chutney.

No fry pakoras, fritters, garam masala kitchenSince the batter is made with chick-pea or gram flour, this recipe is gluten-free and, it doesn’t call for any dairy products, making it dairy- free too. While nothing beats the deep-fried golden brown crunch of pakoras, I like to make healthier versions of my family’s most enjoyed recipes. So, I decided to pan-fry them instead of deep-frying, using this Stuffed Pancake Pan.  The key to making them crispy is putting the right amount of oil to pan-fry them . Not only are they really delicious and crispy, they are also much easier to make vs. the traditional method. I don’t have to set up the deep-frying wok, heat the oil, nor do I have to later clean up all that. Making Pakoras in this pan is as simple as making pancakes! Seriously! Using this method, making pakoras for Punjabi Kadhi is super easy.  I use this pan to make my No-Fry Dahi Bhalle too!

Here’s how to make these yummy No-Fry Onion-Spinach Pakoras:

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Chickpeas Flour and Spices

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Add water to make pancake-like batter

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Add chopped spinach

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Add chopped or sliced shallots

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Mix well, check seasoning

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Heat pan, add few drops of oil in each cavity

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Using two spoons, drop a tablespoon batter in each

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Cover and cook 2-3 minutes on first side

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Add few drops of oil, flip and cook another 2-3 mins

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Serve warm with your favorite chutney

No-Fry Onion-Spinach Pakora (Gluten-Free No-Fry Indian Fritters)

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Serves: Roughly 24 pakoras Cooking Time: Total: 15-20 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

1

In a large mixing bowl, combine chickpea flour (besan) with spices and baking soda. Add water and make a pancake consistency batter. Add chopped spinach and sliced shallots. Mix well.

2

Heat a stuffed pancake pan on medium heat. Add about 1/2 a teaspoon of light olive oil, in each cavity. Using two spoons, add about a tablespoon of batter in each cavity. Cover the lid and cook for 2-3 minutes on the first side. Add a few more drops of oil on the pakoras and flip them. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.

3

Serve pakoras warm with your favorite chutney.

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