Saturday, 22 February 2014

PAALAK PATTA CHAAT (Spinach Leaf Fritters drizzled w/ Spiced Yogurt, Green Chutney & Tamarind Sauce)

Crispy, tangy, sweet & spicy, addictive, complexity of flavours, versatile – all this is what makes this particular street food dish a very exciting one. The best part about Indian street food dishes is that they can be easily adjusted to cater to individual palates. The vendors organize everything mise en place (pronounced- meez en plas) and just before serving, throw in everything together to create a dish in seconds. The seasonings and sauces/dressings are adjusted as per the individual’s preference – spicy or mild, dry or moist, less or more of a chutney or dressing, salty or bland, onions or sans it, etc,etc.

Paalak Patta Chaat comprises of spinach leaves coated with a gluten free batter, fried and arranged on a plate; preferably in a heap. The crispy fritter leaves are then drizzled with smooth beaten spiced yogurt, sweet tamarind chutney, green chutney, sprinkled with condiments and finally decked up with coriander or mint leaves, pomegranate seeds and julienned ginger...phew! You can even add a few boiled chick peas or diced boiled potatoes and some sev. Aahsome! Isn’t it!!?  



I used the following measurements.

For Spinach Fritters:
½ cup Rice flour 
¼ cup Besan (Gram flour)
¼ tsp red chili powder
¼ tsp Carrom seeds
Salt to taste
½ cup scant, Water
20 leaves Spinach (preferably large sized)
Oil for frying

To serve: 
Tamarind Sauce
Green Chutney
Yogurt - 3 cups
1 tsp ground roasted Cumin
1 tsp Chaat masala
¼ tsp ground Black pepper
¼ tsp dry Mint powder
Salt to taste
Half a cup (+/-)pomegranate seeds
Mint leaves to garnish


Keep ready the tamarind sauce and the green chutney. Both can be prepared a day in advance. 

Beat the yogurt till smooth. Mix in the ground cumin, chaat masala, ground black pepper and mint powder. Stir and keep aside.

For the batter, mix together the rice flour, besan, red chili powder, carrom seeds and salt. Add water and make a smooth paste. Keep it aside. 

Meanwhile, remove the stalks from the spinach and keep the leaves. Wash them and pat dry them on a kitchen towel ensuring that the leaves do not get bruised. 

Heat oil in a wok. Reduce the flame. Take one leaf and dip it in the batter. Coat it all over and then gently remove any excess (I use the edges of the container in which I keep the batter for this job) leaving just a nice thin coating of the batter on the leaf. Gently tip the leaf in the oil and fry on medium heat till both sides are golden brown and crisp. Remove on a absorbent paper. Fry all the leaves, one at a time, in the similar manner.



To serve, arrange 4-5 leaves (depending on the size of the spinach leaves) on individual serving plates. Drizzle with yogurt, green chutney, tamarind chutney and garnish with mint leaves or cilantro leaves and pomegranate seeds. You can even give an additional sprinkle of a little chaat masala and cumin powder. Serve immediately.

Note: Make this chaat fun by keeping the fried leaves, spiced yogurt, chutneys and condiments at the serving table and letting your family/ guests make their own plate.   

Note: Adding rice flour ensures that the fritters remain crisp...a tip I got from my mother-in-law when she makes the bachka (bihari style vegetable fritters)

Serves 4 - 5 



Thanks for visiting and see you soon again! 

59 comments:

  1. Yummy, mouthwatering chat. Looking superb

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  2. Chaat with palak leaf that looks really awesome Taruna..wish someone made all the chutneys for me so I could simply make the fritters and enjoy it.You have done it really well.

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    1. You rightly said...it is certainly fun if someone makes the chutneys and all one has to do is make the fritters :-P

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  3. The chat looks awesome... Loved it..will try this for sure.

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  4. This looks so pretty..am sure it tastes yum as well! Making and sharing it on my page.

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    1. Great! I am looking forward to it :D

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  5. Healthy and tasty chat ......!! Happy to follow you dear will be happy if you follow me back!

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  6. These photos are phenomenal. I've never had spinach leave fritters but you've got me so intrigued - this sounds amazing, definitely my kind of dinner!! I love all your garnishes!!

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    1. Thank you so much Chris. The fritters taste great on their own but taste heavenly with the yogurt and chutneys!

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  7. Yum - your Paalak Patta Chaat Spinach looks delicious! Your pictures are fabulous!

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  8. Wow this looks so delish! And the photo are really gorgeous.. :-)
    I too add the rice flour while making fritters. They do keep them very crispy.

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    1. Thanks Rekha. The rice flour was something I discovered late but I now loving using it to make crispy fritters.

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  9. Oh my god, I've never thought I could make fritters out of spinach leaves. I bet the result is sublime!

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    1. It certainly is sublime Daniela :D I hope you try them.

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  10. Those spinach fritters look drool-worthy!! Beautiful clicks!

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  11. I had this but only fritters, never in chaat form.....Now i know how to make people eat spinach:)

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    1. hahaha...you said it Shweta! It is hard to find a person who doesn't love the spinach in this chaat form.

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  12. Just hand me the platter and move back.... I would eat these all up. :) One word... YUM!

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  13. I love fritters! And will make them out of anything. Haven't made spinach ones, but I will. ;-) Terrific recipe -- thanks so much.

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    1. Thanks and I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

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  14. Beautiful clicks and the fritters looks yum when transformed into a chaat :)

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    1. Thanks Shibi. I certainly enjoy them more in the chaat form.

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  15. This is such a beautiful setting and the pictures are gorgeous.
    A true pleasure for the eyes and for the taste buds.

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  16. These are absolutely amazing! I've never seen fritters made with the single leaves. A great dish and gorgeous pictures!

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    1. Thanks MJ and I hope you get to try these.

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  17. Even without the the yogurt and chutneys, the fried spinach leaves are so good on their own. I love the crispiness and shall eat them just like that.

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    1. Absolutely Nav. They are addictive on their own.

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  18. This looks so good. Loved the recipe. I haven't had chaat in ages and your pictures are making me drool!!!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting Shema and welcome to EFS.

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  19. I'm not familiar with the dish, but they look so colourful & yummy!

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  20. Your spinach fritters sound absolutely amazing and they're gorgeous!. I've never seen anything like them before.

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  21. Wow ! this is a lovely innovative chaat. Love the pictures.

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  22. I don't think my comment went through.
    This looks amazing! My mouth is watering as I type.

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  23. Oh wow I have never seen this, never saw it in restaurants over here. This does look so delicious and addictive. Wish he had such street food here (its illegal in my city). The pics are great too.

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    1. Compared to other street foods, this dish has yet to find its place. I hope you try it and enjoy it :)

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  24. Well, now I have to make these spinach fritters! They look delicious and it is something I have never thought of making!

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    1. Thanks Katerina and do enjoy them :)

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  25. Oh what a magic combination! I would love to be eating these little fritters tonight. Gorgeous images!

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  26. Palak bhajiyas are some of my favourites. I love how you use them for chaat! Genius :)

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  27. I've never seen spinach leaved fried like that! What a stunning dish when a the components are combined! I'd love to try these!

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    1. Thanks Liz. They do make a phenomenal combination and are packed with so much punch.

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  28. U have never had spinach fritters...they look so pretty, very enticing...specially with the yogurt sauce on it...beautiful dish!
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are enjoying your week :D

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  29. Mmmm... I could never resist a delicious chaat like this :D

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  30. Wow, this looks delightful! The colors, textures, and flavors sound fantastic. Wish I could have a taste.

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    1. I too wish you could taste it. This street food is my favorite and I can have it anytime of they day and year!

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  31. Thank you so much for visit and liking this post. I hope you get to try it in your kitchens and enjoy it.

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  32. Oh Taruna, can't tell you how much I love these spinach leaf fritters. Never tried them in a chaat though, sounds like an awesome idea! Really tempting!

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  33. Chaat is such a weakness for me. I can almost taste all the flavors in the pics.

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  34. yum and indulgent. lovely pics and btw i also make this chaat at times.

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