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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