Palanga saga chaat is a mouthwatering appetizer. Palanga pakoras dipped into tamarind chutney and serve with crispy palanga leaves makes a very sophisticated veg snacks. Your friends and family will love it.
This recipe will serve 4.
Approx. 5oz palanga (Spinach) leaves
4 tablespoons besan, gram flour
4 tablespoons corn starch
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch of black pepper
Approx. 1/4 cup of water use as needed
Oil to fry
Approx. 1/4 cup of tamarind sweet and sour chutney
Clean and pat dry the palanga.
Keep about 10 large spinach leaves aside; chop the remaining palanga very fine, this will be about 2 cups of chopped palanga.
Next make the batter to fry the palanga leaves, mix 2 tablespoons of besan, 2 tablespoons of corn starch, ¼ teaspoon of salt and black pepper. Add approx. 2 tablespoons of water slowly to make a batter.
Note: batter should be thin in consistency but still should be able to cover the spinach for frying.
Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Frying pan should have approx. 1inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put one drop of batter in the oil. The batter should come up but not change color right away.
Dip the spinach leaves in the batter one at a time and slowly drop into the frying pan. Fry the palanga until both sides are light gold. Turn them occasionally. This will take about 2 minutes. Keep aside.
In left over batter add chopped palanga, salt, corn starch and besan mix it well, this should be the consistency of soft dough, add water as needed.
Take about 1tablespoon of batter shaping in small balls drop them into the oil. Fry them until they are golden brown. This should take about 4-5 minutes. Take them out over paper towel.
Dip the small pakoras in tamarind chutney and serve them with the fried palanga leaves.