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Potato and spinach pakoras recipe

Potato and spinach pakoras recipe

4 ratings

Crispy, spicy and moreish, pakoras are the ultimate Indian snack or tasty side to enjoy with your favourite curry. This classic potato and spinach recipe from food author, Nik Sharma happens to be vegan, healthy and ready in 30. Give them a go! See method

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 280 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 120g gram flour
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 400g potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 140g fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1ltr vegetable oil
  • lime pickle or mango chutney, to serve (optional)
Low in saturated fat and low in sugar

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    10g 14%
  • Saturates

    1g 4%
  • Sugars

    4g 4%
  • Salt

    0.9g 15%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 34.8g Protein 10.3g Fibre 6g


  1. Mix the gram flour, spices and ½ tsp each ground black pepper and fine salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the potatoes, onion, spinach and chilli, then massage the veg into the flour mixture – this will help release the liquid and turn the flour into a paste to coat the veg.
  2. Take 2 tbsp of the mixture and shape it into a ball about 4cm. Set aside on a plate and repeat with the remaining mixture to make 20 balls.
  3. Heat the oil in a large high- sided pan over a medium heat until it reaches 180°C. If you don’t have a kitchen thermometer, put the end of a wooden spoon in the oil: if the oil around it bubbles steadily, it’s ready.
  4. Fry the pakoras in batches for 4-5 mins until dark golden- brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper, then toss with a pinch of salt, if you like, while still hot. Cover with foil to keep warm while you make the remaining pakoras. Best served fresh, but they’ll keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Serve with lime pickle or mango chutney, if you like.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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