Palak Pakodas Recipe

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This easy palak pakoda (spinach fritters) recipe for babies is an excellent addition to the long list of food items that you have made for your little one. It is an interesting dish which combines the colours and flavours of spinach, onions, and various spices. Palak pakodas as therefore a favourite snack recipe among kids.

Cooking Time

Type  Time (hh:mm:ss)
Preparation Time 00:15:00
Cook Time 00:25:00
Total Time 00:40:00

Total Servings: 3-4

Suitable for: Any toddler above 20 months of age

Cooking Method: Gas stove, Induction or Microwave

Meal Schedule: Appetizer, Mid-day snack or Main Meal

Recipe Type: Appetizers, Snacks or Accompaniment to Main Meal

Ingredients

Ingredients  Quantity & Volume 
Chopped Spinach Leaves 1 ½ cup
Chopped Onions ¼ cup
Chopped Green Chillies (optional) 1 ½ tsp
Chilli Powder (optional) ½ tsp
Asafoetida ¼ tsp
Turmeric Powder ¼ tsp
Rice flour 2 tbsp
Besan (gram flour) ¾ cup
Baking Soda (optional) A pinch
Salt As per taste
Oil Enough for deep frying
Water As required to make the batter

Instructions

Follow this step-by-step procedure to learn how to make palak pakodas for your baby:

  • Except for the oil and water, combine all the other ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix the ingredients well with your fingers.
  • Add some water to adjust the consistency of the batter. The batter should not too runny or too lumpy.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan or a kadhai.
  • Using a teaspoon, gently drop the batter on the hot oil.
  • Deep fry the pakodas (few at a time) on medium flame. Fry them until they turn golden brown.
  • Remove them from the oil and let them sit on an absorbent paper to remove the oil.

Recipe Tips

Follow these tips to get the homemade palak pakoda baby food recipe right:

  • Wash the spinach leaves in cold water. Spread them on a kitchen towel to soak the water. Then, chop them finely. You could also try using a food chopper to mince it.
  • Chop the onions finely.
  • Chopping the ingredients finely is essential to avoid choking hazards.
  • Fry the pakodas in sunflower oil, groundnut oil or refined oil. Do not re-use the oil in which you have fried the pakodas.
  • Adding the rice flour makes the pakodas crispier. If you want them slightly more soft and less crunchy, you can decrease the amount of rice flour.

Nutritional Facts

These nutritional facts are per 100 gram serving of palak pakodas

Nutrient Value
Total Calories 339 kCal
Protein 9.7 gm
Total Carbohydrates 31.5 gms
Fat 19.3 gms
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 50.5 mg
Fibre 7.3 gms

Health Benefits

Homemade Palak Pakodas baby food recipe has its share of health benefits. A fried snack may not sound very appealing to you for your baby, but it does have its health benefits, and you can easily serve this once in a while to tickle you munchkin’s taste buds.

  • Spinach is rich in folic acid and is a powerful antioxidant. It helps to keep the free radicals at bay.
  • Spinach is also rich in Vitamin B6, B9 and E that are essential for the healthy growth of the body.
  • Onions contain antioxidants and compounds that help fight inflammation. It also helps to strengthen the immune system.
  • Besan is rich in Vitamin B1 and B2 that helps increase the energy metabolism of the body.
  • Besan is made of chana dal, and therefore, loaded with protein.
  • Besan contains good fat and is helpful to aid in digestion.
  • Besan is an excellent source of minerals like iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus and manganese.
  • Rich in folic acid, besan contains nutrients that increase the blood flow in the body.
  • The addition of ginger and green chillies is also medicinal. Ginger is good for digestion, and green chillies are a good source of iron.

Buying Guide

Make sure you follow the tips given below when buying ingredients to make this easy palak pakoda recipe.

  • Spinach is a winter vegetable, and it is best to make this dish during the winters.
  • Spinach leaves must not be dry and wilted. Ensure the leaves do not have holes in them as it indicates the presence of worms on it.
  • Buy besan in sealed packets available in supermarket shelves. Avoid buying besan in loose form as it may be adulterated.
  • Check the expiry date on the packaging to see if the besan is not outdated. Besan tends to rot and catch fungus if not stored properly.

Palak pakodas make for an excellent snack for kids. They are crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and easy to bite. Mix the ingredients, fry them and serve them warm for your child to enjoy with some mint/ coriander chutney or ketchup. Your little one is sure to keep asking for more.