Spinach Lentil Fritters are delicious, protein-packed appetizer. Easy to cook, healthy, no fry recipe. Dunk them in your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy your proteins in a delicious way!
It’s snack time and we now have a new fan favorite in the house no fry Spinach Lentil Fritters. Enjoy your fritters guilt free as they are made with just a brush of oil. This is an easy recipe with few basic ingredients, ready in few minutes. The cooking set up is simple here : grind pre soaked lentils, mix in spinach puree and add spices for flavor.
Out here in Santa Barbara, the sun is busy playing hide and seek with us. It drizzles for some time and then the rain just stops. Yes, you can often spot a beautiful rainbow here. I love this weather, sitting on the couch with a cup of warm tea and looking at rain drops falling in the yard. This just refreshes my memories of Delhi rains. Growing up in our home, rains were an perfect excuse to indulge in fritters with hot cardamom tea. So why break those traditions now?
In Indian cuisine, vegetable fritters are made using different flours like chickpea flour, all purpose flour or lentils. I have been making few variations myself, like sometimes using vegetable pieces, while other times just grate them or maybe even use the vegetable puree.
Now coming to this spinach lentil fritters recipe. I have used Urad Dal (lentil) as fritter base. You will notice that in most Indian meal preparations, lentils are used extensively. I use lentils in day to day cooking in different variations, like a side to be served with rice, in salads or in soups.
In this recipe combining urad dal batter with spinach makes these fritters highly protein packed. I like to dunk them in coriander mint chutney and tamarind jaggery sauce. You can serve them with your preferred dipping sauce or try serving them with sour cream maybe? It sure will taste great.
To make these fritters healthy and cook them fast, I make them using Ebelskiver Pan. Just spray some oil and add the prepared batter. Flip them with wooden skewers and your fritters are ready. I initially bought Ebelskiver pan to make Danish pancake balls. Over time, with the ease of use, I have started using this pan more often.
This is a simple, easy to make delicious recipe. Do try it, as these fritters are healthy indulgence.
Kitchen Equipment required:
Ebelskiver Pan and Wooden Skewers
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- Grind pre soaked urad dal with garlic cloves and ginger to get smooth consistency.
- Add spinach puree to the dal batter and mix.
- Add fruit salt, mix and let the batter rest for 2 minutes.
- Add cumin seeds, anardana, asafoetida, salt, red chili and water. Mix the batter and let it rest.
- Place Ebelskiver Pan on medium low heat. When the pan is hot enough spray oil.
- Fill each cup with dal batter slightly below the rim.
- In about 1½ minutes, thin crusts will form on the bottom of the lentil balls(centers will still be wet), using two wooden skewers gently flip the lentil balls, now about half the cooked portion is above the cup rim and the uncooked batter will flow down in the cup.
- Cook for two more minutes until the bottom of the lentil ball crust is firm enough to pierce.
- Pierce the skewer into the lentil ball and take it out-- it should come out clean.
- Lift cooked lentil balls out of the pan with skewers and serve hot with your choice of dipping sauce.
- Repeat to cook the remaining batter.
2. Its important to spray all sections of the Ebelskiver pan with oil.
3. Use wooden skewers to flip as they do not scratch the pan surface.
4. If you notice the fritters are starting to get too brown reduce the heat to low
5.Cook the fritters until the center is fully cooked.