Rasika’s Palak Chaat - Fried Spinach with a Yogurt Sauce
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 2
The yogurt sauce combined with the crispness of the fried spinach give this dish a unique, delicious flavor.
Main Ingredients
  • Frying oil (see notes below on amount needed, I typically use sunflower seed oil)
  • ½ bag of baby spinach (about 4 oz, completely dry)
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt (I use Honey flavored)
  • 2 dates, pitted and chopped
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • ⅛ tsp coriander
  • ⅛ tsp cumin
  • ⅛ tsp curry powder (I use Trader Joes brand)
  • 1 tbsp tomato, chopped
  • 1 tbsp red onion, chopped (you can substitute shallots)
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  1. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, chopped dates, coriander, cumin, curry powder, lemon juice, water, and a pinch of salt.
  1. Dry the spinach leaves on a paper towel
  2. Either fill a heavy bottom pot with enough oil to roughly ½ inch depth and turn on medium high heat or fill and heat your deep frier as per instructions provided with the fryer
  3. Gently place a few leaves into the hot oil taking care to stand adequate distance from the pan or fryer to avoid splash back. Spinach leaves contain a lot of water so this WILL happen. Fry for roughly 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  4. Place fried leaves on a paper towel to drain and cool. Continue frying the remainder of leaves in small batches
Combine Sauce and Leaves
  1. Finally plate the leaves and drizzle some sauce. Add the chopped tomatoes and onion on top and enjoy!
The original recipe calls for Turmeric. I instead use Trader Joe's Curry Powder.
Recipe by zenlikeben at https://www.zenlikeben.com/2015/02/rasikas-palak-chaat-fried-spinach-with-a-yogurt-sauce/