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Crispy fried spinach in a spoon

Crackling Spinach

Crispy Fried Spinach is basically deep fried spinach tossed with ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, salt, sugar and chilli flakes. It's like a party in your mouth!
Course Snacks & Appetizers
Cuisine Indian Chinese
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 90kcal
Author Richa


  • 250 Grams Spinach - leaves only washed, pat dry and finely shredded
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • ½ Teaspoon Red Chilli Flakes
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon Castor Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt


  • Sprinkle shredded spinach over a kitchen towel or tissue paper. Dab with another towel or tissue and remove as much moisture as possible. Keep covered until ready to fry.
  • Heat oil in a kadai or frying pan on medium flame for deep frying. Once hot, sprinkle the spinach carefully into the pan. Fry on medium for 2-3 minutes or until crispy. Use a slotted spoon or a spider strainer to remove the spinach. Transfer onto a tissue lined plate.
  • Add ginger and garlic into a spider strainer and place it in the hot oil and fry for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and transfer to a tissue lined plate.
  • Transfer the fried spinach, ginger and garlic into a bowl. Add toasted sesame seeds, red chilli flakes, castor sugar and salt. Toss to combine and serve hot.



  1. Preparing Spinach: Fresh, green leaves. Wash the leaves well a few times with fresh water to make sure all the dirt is out. Leaves and stems can trap a lot of it. Then pat it dry and layer it between paper towels or kitchen cloth to dry the leaves completely.
  2. Place a few spinach leaves on top of each other, roll them up like a cigar and then shred them finely with a sharp knife. Give it another rough chop once shredded.
  3. Ginger and Garlic: Finely chopped so that you don't get large bits in your bite. It also makes it extra crunchy.
  4. Oil: For deep frying. I prefer neutral flavoured oils such as canola, sunflower, rice bran. The temperature of the oil should be 350F/ 177C. 
  5. Serve: Serve immediately. But the spinach stays crisp for a while, so don't worry about it getting soggy. 
  6. I bet this will make an amazing side dish with anything. You could serve it with grilled chicken, stuffed chicken, or more chinese dishes like thread paneer, chilli paneer, chilli chicken, honey chilli potatoes etc.


Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 635mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5935IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg