mearl223 On September - 29 - 2011

Chholay-Paalak (Spinach & Chickpea Curry)

If you know what Daal-Palak is, then you know how this idea came about.. Its quick & unique and very nutritious!




PrepTime 5mins – Serves 3 – cookTime 20mins



1 bunch spinach – washed & chopped
1 large can (2 glasses) garbanzo beans (or soak a cup of it overnight & boil with some salt)
1 medium onion – chopped
2 tbsp ghee/ clarified butter
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp mango pwd/ Amchur pwd
salt to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
1 green chili
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 cup tomato paste
3 cloves garlic
1 dollop butter

Cooking Instructions

Fry onions to brown in the ghee & then add the garlic, cumin & chilli. Add the powder spices & fry well before adding the tomato paste & frying for 1 full minute. Add the spinach & cook till wilted. Then add 2/3rd the beans (no water). Toss around gently & then cook covered for 1 minute on low heat while you puree the remaining in a grinder, with some water. Add this to the cooking beans along with some water – stir & simmer to required thickness. Add salt to taste & toss a dollop of butter over it & serve hot with rotis, rice or naan.

Leftover-makeover tip: If you have some spinach in your fridge – cooked or raw, all you need is a can of beans & some basic spices & you’re all set!

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