You know that delicious fried seaweed you get at Chinese takeaways and restaurants. Well, I’m not saying for sure that this is how they do it but I think it might be. It’s long been known that most Chinese ‘crispy fried seaweed’ isn’t actually seaweed and this tastes just like it.
I only got the idea to experiment with this after a visit to Thali on Old Brompton Road in London. They prepared a palak (spinach) chaat from my wife Caroline and me which was absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, they didn’t want to give up their recipe so I decided to figure it out for myself.
I took loads of photos so I could give it a go when I got home. My palak chaat recipe will be posted soon. I think I nailed it!
This crispy fried spinach is just one of the ingredients in the chaat but I decided to post it separately as it makes a delicious side dish on its own.
I’m currently working with Aldi UK to bring you a few recipes that are quick and easy to make. This one couldn’t be easier. All you need is fresh spinach, vegetable oil and perhaps a bit of salt or chaat masala. I used salt this time like it Chinese restaurants but if you would like to give it an Indian touch, use chaat masala. My recipe for chaat masala is here.
If you’re planning a dinner party, this fried spinach can be made a few hours ahead of time as it can be served hot or at room temperature. You will also need some paper kitchen towels to soak up the excess oil.
- 250g fresh spinach - As much as you like
- Vegetable oil for deep frying
- Salt to taste
- Wash and dry your spinach leaves.
- Remove and stems and shred with a sharp knife. You can see how I did this in the photos above.
- Heat your oil in a large pan. When a piece of spinach instantly sizzles when added to the oil, you're good to go.
- Depending on how much you are making, you may need to cook the shredded spinach in batches.
- Drain cooked crispy spinach on paper towels and season with a little salt.
Disclaimer: Aldi UK sponsor my blog. I was paid to write this article. As always, the Aldi ingredients used worked perfectly.