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Healthy and nutritious Spinach Puda is prepared with spinach leaves in a chickpea flour batter and Indian spices. It’s the perfect weekend brunch!
Spinach Puda (healthy, vegan, gluten-free)

Spinach Puda is perfect for a weekend brunch. It goes perfectly with a cup of hot masala chai. The best part is it’s super easy to make. If spinach isn’t your cup of tea, you can try my Zucchini Carrot Besan Puda Cheela.

What is Spinach Puda?

Spinach Puda is also known as Spinach Pudla, Spinach Cheela, Palak Cheela is essentially spinach leaves added to a chickpea flour (besan) batter along with Indian spices. This dish is typically eaten for breakfast or brunch. It’s healthy, nutritious, vegan, and gluten-free.

Spinach Puda (healthy, vegan, gluten-free)

Tips on making Spinach Puda:

  • Use fresh spinach leaves.
  • Finely chop the spinach leaves. Do not add large pieces of spinach leaves.
  • Add enough water to ensure the batter is flowy, and not thick and tough.
  • Add lots of ginger, you can’t have enough. The flavor is in the ginger.
  • Also, you need to add Indian green chilies to this dish. If you don’t have Indian green chilies, use serrano peppers.

Spinach Puda is:

Delicious
Nutritious
Gingery
Quick & Easy
Perfect for Brunch
Healthy
Vegan
Gluten-Free

Spinach Puda (healthy, vegan, gluten-free)

How to make Spinach Puda recipe step by step?

Prep

1. Chop lots of ginger, some green chilies, and finely chop fresh spinach.
2. In a large bowl, add besan (chickpea flour).
3. To the besan, add spinach, ginger, and green chilies.
4. Add all the spices – coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, carom seeds (ajwain), and salt. Mix.
5. Add water (1 3/4 cups + 2 tbsp). Start with 1 3/4 cups and add a little more if needed. The batter should be slightly runny.
6. This is what you should have.

Cook

1. Heat up a castiron skillet over low-medium heat. Let it heat up for about 5 minutes. Once hot, spray avocado oil.
2. Using a 1/3 cup measurement, pour the batter on your castiron skillet. Gently spread out the batter.
3. Once bubbles form on top about 45 seconds later, drizzle a 1/4 tsp of oil over the top. You don’t need more than a 1/4 tsp of oil.
4. Flip.
5. This is what you should have. Cook on the other side for about 2 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with cilantro chutney and Ching’s red chili sauce.

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5 from 2 votes

Spinach Puda

By: Nisha
Healthy and nutritious Spinach Puda is prepared with spinach leaves in a chickpea flour batter and Indian spices. It's the perfect weekend brunch!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 pudas

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups besan, chickpea flour
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, finely chopped
  • 2 inch piece ginger, chopped
  • 2-3 green chilies finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 3/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/3 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp carom seeds ajwain
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups water, add 2 cups initially, add 1/2 cup later
  • avocado oil spray, before cooking each puda
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil divided - 1/4 tsp oil per puda
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Instructions 

Prep

  • Chop lots of ginger, some green chilies, and finely chop fresh spinach.
  • In a large bowl, add besan (chickpea flour).
  • To the besan, add spinach, ginger, and green chilies.
  • Add all the spices - coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, carom seeds (ajwain), and salt. Mix.
  • Add water (1 3/4 cups + 2 tbsp). Start with 1 3/4 cups and add a little more if needed. The batter should be slightly runny.
  • This is what you should have.

Cook

  • Heat up a castiron skillet over low-medium heat. Let it heat up for about 5 minutes. Once hot, spray avocado oil.
  • Using a 1/3 cup measurement, pour the batter on your castiron skillet. Gently spread out the batter.
  • Once bubbles form on top about 45 seconds later, drizzle a 1/4 tsp of oil over the top. You don't need more than a 1/4 tsp of oil.
  • Flip.
  • This is what you should have. Cook on the other side for about 2 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with cilantro chutney and Ching's red chili sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 964IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
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