Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Palak Paneer Vada ~ Spinach with Indian Cottage Cheese Fritters!

Getting up to a chilled, snow kissed morning is wonderful. Ok, keep it rain kissed mornings. We can't imagine snow hitting us right! But can't we be allowed to dream about it too? If only snow comes to my city, I can only have a wishful thought. As such, the monsoon season gets an irritated reaction from people, who worry more about drying the cloths, than enjoying them. So what will their reaction be, if they are faced with a snow hit city! I have seen answering almost the same questions every year, that Athamma poses on our dear climate, which is so characteristic of this city. Even in a peek hot summer, you can expect a shower of rains to visit you. So this onslaught of rains in winter, no doubt makes her ponder so. It had Athamma wondering why its raining non stop the last two days and when we might have a respite from it. For me, its been a heaven. I have had my share of drenching in the rains, at every chance I got. The very thought of wading through a pouring rain, is enough to lift any gloomy sentiments you might have!

So getting up in the morning, to be welcome by a scantily lit sunlight, you will only feel snuggling back. But there are always the Monday morning blues right. So with heavy heart woke up Konda and I went about my morning tasks. I was all ready to leave by time. I was reminded of those wonderful evenings, when with rains thrashing away, you indulge in a cuppa of coffee with hot bajjis. Wish it was one of those days now. There has been hardly any such days at home nowadays. All of us get back quite late in the evening for us to enjoy such snacks. Still I am hoping one day will come!

Any raining day and you are all reminded of hot pakodas or bajjis to enjoy the day. Though I have both a banana bajji and Palak Paneer Vada in making, I choose the latter, for want of a variation.

So her comes a lip smacking Palak Paneer Vadas to treat you virtually, to enchant you on a rainy day.
Ingredients Needed:

Palak/ Spinach - 1/2 cup
Paneer - 150 gms
Gram Flour / Besan - 1 cup
Rice Flour - 2 tsp
Ajwain / Carom Seeds - 1/4 tsp (opt)
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Onion - 1 medium
Coriander leaves - few springs
Curry Leaves - few
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

Method to prepare:

Wash and drain the Spinach leaves. Chop it finely. Grate the paneer and keep aside

Chop the Onions, Coriander leaves.

In a bowl, take the besan and rice flour along with all other ingredients. Mix well. Add more besan if needed to get a batter that holds shape. Add very little water to bind. Infact its enough to just wash the onions and Spinach and use that along with the flour. It should be enough to hold shape.

Using your left palm, take little of the batter the size of a ball and pat them down. Make a hole in middle for it to get fried well.

Heat a pan with oil. Once its hot, gently drop these shaped vadas and cook on both sides.

Once done, drain on over kitchen towel.

Serve hot with tomato sauce. I think this tastes great when hot, but no harm trying it warm if you want!

It tasted simply great. If you don't like Spinach much, this is the best way to eat.

If you are conscious of deep frying, you can shallow fry this too. Spread oil in a pan and place the vadas and sprinkle few drops over it. Cook on both sides. This was also a good way.

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25 comments :

Eco_smith said...

Vada and rain makes a beautiful combination!!Makes me long for both!

Jayashree said...

Looks perfect for the weather we're enjoying right now. There's soup on my blog too warm up while the skies open up. Like you, I too enjoy the rain and wonder why people complain about it. I got thoroughly drenched while riding back home and enjoyed every moment of it.

Happy cook said...

I totally agree, they are lip smacking delicious.

Medhaa said...

Lovely Srivalli, I want to have them right away....and we get so much snow here that I wish I was in India...:) I love chennai cause of its hot climate which most people run away from.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is a very idea. So creative. Will try this combo for sure. YUM!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

awesome recipe and a gr8 idea. will try sometime.

vb said...

These look soooooo good! I bet they smell great.

Shri said...

Nice Vada!!Saw many of your recipes after a long time.sure i will send my entry for your rice event

indosungod said...

Those Vadais look perfect for the thrashing rain. Valli I promise once you live through overnight snow you don't want that no more :) my mom reached Chennai last night and the first thing she mentioned was that it was pouring!

LG said...

It rains here almost everyday Srivalli..I will remember to make one of these days. Vadas look yumm

Divya Kudua said...

Hmm..its raining heavily outside and I wouldn't mind having those yummy vadas..they look great Sri..!!

Uma said...

lovely vadas Srivalli! yes, these are perfect for a rainy day!

karuna said...

pakodas and chai on a rainy day. nothing even comes close to that. my idea of getting cozy. loved the pakodas.

Meeta said...

lovely ideas for pakodas Valli! nothing like fried food when it#s rainy outside!

Sharmila said...

What a beautiful write!:-)
And the vadas are a new kind .. got to try.:-)

srikars kitchen said...

Looks perfect & Awesome... nice entry... great creative idea...

Mallugirl said...

vadas are the go-to food for rain!! and coffee and watching the rain..
see my site for an award to go with the rains.

Laavanya said...

Palak paneer vadas - how neat not to mention delicious! I used to dream about snow too but now that snow is a definite thing for us during winter... not so fun anymore... though watching it fall is still something I enjoy - not the shoveling later :)

anudivya said...

Vadais look awesome Srivalli.. been a long time since I had fried vadais. I want one! Well, a few ;)

sowmya said...

nice recipe..will try it sometime..

alka said...

Oho so someone is enjoying rains like Indians could, in best possible way....tea and pakora !
Drenching in rains....wow u are still lucky maa'm..i have to stop this "mad" activity of mine after my son was born,otherwise previously i found many excuses to soak myself,with showers of bliss cooling me inside out

Srivalli said...

Thank you everybody, I am glad you liked this!...

Indo..I wish I could exp it once!..:)

Kamini said...

Ooh, I love palak, I love paneer, and I love vadais - so this one's a real winner!!
Kamini.

Raw_Girl said...

Looks like you've knocked this one out of the park. Great recipe!

Anonymous said...

Going to try it real soon. Thank you for the great new idea :-)

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