Traditional Indian Recipes

CHOLE PALAK – CHICKPEAS AND SPINACH RECIPE – NORTH INDIAN RECIPE

Chole Palak is a curry prepared with combination of both Palak (spinach) and Chole (white chickpeas) which is prepared in North Indian Style. Chole Palak is a healthy protein-iron rich dish. Palak (spinach) is a good iron content green leave vegetable and Chole is a protein- rich food.

Let’s go thru the process of preparing Chole Palak:

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Ingredients:

White Chole/Channa/Chick Peas        1cup

Palak (Spinach)                                      3 cups

Butter                                                      1 tbsp

Jeera/Cumin seeds                                ½ tsp

Green chillies                                           3 -4

Onion                                                        1

Turmeric powder                                    ½ tsp

Coriander powder                                   ½ tsp

Garam masala powder                           ½ tsp

Tomato                                                     1

Salt to taste

Cream (top layer of milk)                       2 tbsp

Procedure for preparing Chole Palak:

  1. Silt green chillies. Chop the onions finely.
  2. Wash and clean palak (spinach). Chop the palak (spinach).
  3. Grind the tomato into fine paste.
  4. Soak chole/channa overnight.
  5. In a pressure cooker cook the soaked chole/channa with salt and 2 cups of water till the 1st whistle and lower the flame and cook for 9- 10 minutes. Put off the flame. Allow it to cool. Drain the extra water from the cooked chole. Keep aside the water and use it later.
  6. Heat butter in a kadai. Add jeera and when it splutters add onion and green chillies. Fry till the onions turn little brownish. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for 3-4 minutes on medium flame.
  7. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder and fry for 1 minute. Add tomato paste and fry for 3-4 minutes on medium flame by stirring continuously.
  8. Add the chopped palak and the leftover water from cooked channa and cook for 3-4 minutes on low flame by closing the lid.
  9. Add cooked chole and cream and mix well, add salt if required and cook for 3-4 minutes on medium flame.

Chole Palak is ready. Serve with roti, naan, Indian bread and poori.

Note:

  • You can increase the spice level according to your preference.

 

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