Palak Masala Vada

Palak Masala Vada: With the wintery evenings and the vacation mode, all that we look out for are some yummy evening snacks, specially for kids. That is how, I made this Palak Masala Vada yesterday for my kid and he loved it. I happened to share a collection of 33 kids recipes from the blog on Facebook and received tremendous response. If you would wish to check the other kids recipes, click on the button below

This Palak Masala Vada is absolutely protein rich and healthy with the inclusion of spinach or palak leaves. I try to include greens in my kids diet indirectly. My son’s tastes keep changing and I need to find ways to feed him healthy stuff. He loves coriander chutney, palak sambar, coriander akki roti etc. This will be added on to that list. For more such green recipes- Recipes using Mint, Palak, Curry leaves and Coriander , click on the button below

This recipe of Palak Masala Vada is very simple and easy to make. Needs just a couple of hours of soaking time and very few ingredients to make. You could also have a look at two other vada recipes from the blog below:

Corn Poha Vadas/Fritters

Pori/Borugulu/Puffed Rice Vada – Easy snack!!

Preparation Method of Palak Masala Vada:

Makes: 12-15 small vadas
Preparation Time: 3-4 hrs of soaking time + 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Channa Dal/Bengal Gram: 1/2 cup
Finely chopped palak/spinach leaves: 1/4 cup
Fennel Seeds/Saunf/Sombhu: 1 tsp
Green Chillies: 2 or as needed
Salt: as required
Oil: for deep frying


1. Soak channa dal for around 3 to 4 hours. Drain water completely and set aside.
2. Wash palak and drain the water completely. Chop palak finely.
3. Grind the channa dal along with chillies and fennel seeds to a semi coarse paste without adding water. If you feel the mixture is too dry, you can sprinkle very little water for grinding.

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4. Mix palak leaves with the above mixture along with salt.

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5. Meanwhile, heat oil in a kadai for deep frying. Once the oil is hot, make small patties out of the mixture and deep fry on medium flame till they turn golden brown.

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6. Drain on absorbent paper and serve hot with chutney of your choice.

1. If you feel there is moisture in the mixture, you can add some rice flour.
2. You can add onions in the recipe if you wish to.
3. Palak can also be replaced with mint leaves.

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