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Chole Paalak (Chickpea Spinach Curry)

chole palak
A nutritious combo of spinach and chickpeas.  Fennel seeds impart a nice aromatic flavour to this greens and proteins curry.

Baby Spinach/Palak leaves - 3 cups
Dry Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans/Kabuli Chana - 1 cup
Onion - 1 big
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
Green Chilli Paste - 1/2 tsp
Fennel Seeds/Saunf - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Cilantro/Coriander Leaves - few sprigs
Garam Masala or any other spice mix - 1/4 tsp

  • Soak chickpeas for 6 - 8 hours.  After soaking, 1 cup chickpeas will turn to 2 cups.  Wash the soaked chickpeas and cook till soft with 2 - 3 cups water.  You can use Canned Chickpeas as well. 
  • Finely chop onions.  Puree spinach leaves, tomatoes and fennel seeds to a smooth paste.  Add little water if required. 
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan, add cumin seeds.  After few seconds, add chopped onions and saute till onions turn soft.  
  • Now add the spinach tomato puree, ginger garlic paste, green chilli paste and salt.  Cook it covered.  When it starts boiling, add cooked chickpeas and garam masala. Cook it covered for 5 - 10 minutes or till you get the desired consistency.  
Garnish with cilantro leaves and/or raw onions and serve with roti and/or rice.


  1. Palak is the most fav green in my family :-)and this is a new combo for me to try,thanks :-)

  2. wow ... looks delicious.... very new to me. I am so going to try this recipe. Thanks Uma. One question ... we grind raw spinach?

  3. Thanks Gulmohar, Preeti for stopping by!

    Preeti, yes! grind raw spinach.

  4. nice combination with spinach!

  5. Channa palak looks awesome and truly it..

  6. We love palak...and this curry too..yours looks really yummy and tempting..

  7. hi uma how are you

    great chenna with chepati cool love to eat both

  8. I am a big Palak Fan..and just love anything cook by palak..the dish looks superb...sounds superb and i bet must be tastes superb too....

  9. we love spinach..if u combine it with dal it will give a nice flavour ..
    this channa palak looks delicious..yummy yummy dear.

  10. very healthy and yummy recipe. nice click too.

  11. Its tempting. I love to have it with chapathi. And its a nice snap.

  12. This Kabuli Chana Palak recipe looks nice and delicious. Thanks

  13. Very healthy n delicious combo curry,,good with pooris...

  14. Nice combo uma, healthy and delicious

  15. Curry looks rich n perfect...

  16. new combo for me and so healthy!

  17. Very nice and new combination of chickpeas and spinach.

  18. hi uma wats special in home today

  19. Thanks Priya, Harman, Jagruti, knk, Kamalika, Prani, Suhaina, womenwisdom, Parad, Sathya, Sushma, Jay, Aruna, Kshipra, Sridevi for stopping by!

    knk, nothing special.. same old routine :)

  20. Hy Uma,

    some awards are waiting for you in my blog..Do drop by ...

  21. My mum loves this! Simply yumm Uma! ;)

    Happy Weekend dearie!

  22. If you don't like spinach this is indeed a great way to incorporate in your diet.

  23. deadly combination for me...chana masala jo meri mom banati hai i just love that...and i am sure ye bhi utni hi delicious hogi :) paani aa gaya muh mein :)

    by the way, sorry uma ji...i missed some of ur posts...actually work pressure is on maximum this time. :(

  24. Thanks Jay for the awards dear!

    Thanks Love2Cook, Nostalgia, Abhi for stopping by!


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