chole in spinach gravy

Palak Chole is a healthy preparation as it combines the iron rich palak (spinach)  with protein rich kabuli chana (white chickpeas) . Kabuli chana, when cooked in spinach based gravy tastes absolutely delicious. Make this healthy Palak Chole and serve with hot rotis. Here goes the recipe:


1 cup kabuli chana (white chickpeas)
2 cups spinach, chopped
3 onions, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
2 green chillies
5 cloves of garlic
1 ½ inches ginger
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp cumin-coriander powder
½ tsp garam masala
1 tsp oil
Salt as per taste


  • Wash and soak kabuli chanas in water for 5 hours.
  • Pressure cook the chanas for 4 to 5 whistles.
  • When the pressure escapes fully, remove the boiled chanas and keep it aside.
  • Add washed and chopped spinach to boiling water.
  • Let it remain in the water for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the blanched spinach with the help of a strainer and put it into cold water.
  • Putting the blanched spinach to cold water ensures retaining of green colour of spinach.
  • Blend the blanched spinach alongwith green chillies, garlic and ginger to a smooth puree. Keep this aside.
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan.
  • Add the chopped onions. Saute and cook till they turn translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook till they turn mushy.
  • Now, add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin-coriander powder, garam masala, salt and mix well.
  • Add the spinach puree and mix.
  • Add little water as per the required consistency. I have added half cup water.   
  • Cook covered for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Serve Palak Chole with rotis.