We first ate Palak-Chana or Chana-Palak (I guess the order doesn't matter!) in an Indian restaurant here couple weeks back celebrating my sister's birthday. I am surprised that I never came across this wonder of a dish before. We all instantly fell in love with it. My picky 8 year-old also liked it and so it was a must-try for me. So I googled and found many recipes with slight variations. This recipe of mine is the combination of all the recipes I could find, keeping in mind the taste I remembered from the restaurant..Next time I think I would add more spinach as we all like the 'spinachi' taste. So here is my version..(I had to scrape the sauce pan for some left overs and so the picture..)

Ingredients - 

Kabuli Chana (Chole Chana/Garbanzo beans) soaked / pre treated and boiled 1 cup
Spinach/Palak chopped 2 cups
Onions chopped 1/2 cup
Tomatoes chopped 1 cup
Ginger-Garlic Paste 1 tsp
Mirchi Powder 1/4 tsp
Dhania-Jeera Powder
Amchur Powder 1/4 tsp
Salt as per taste
Turmeric a couple pinches
Garam Masala 1/4 tsp
Yogurt/Curd 1/2 cup
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Jeera 1/2 tsp, cloves 3-4, cinnamon 1/2 inch, cardamom 1, bayleaf 1 )

Note - 
Next time I would double the quantity of Palak. 
Palak can be pureed too if thats a preference.
Sour cream, milk or fresh cream can be used instead of yogurt/curd. 

Method Of Preparation - 

In a sauce pan, saute the chopped onions and keep aside. 

Blanch the tomatoes and de-skin and puree them. (I microwaved big chunks of tomatoes and deskinned them).

Puree the sauteed onions, optionally adding green chillies and coriander leaves. I omitted these as I was in a hurry. Also if using ginger root and garlic cloves, pulse them along with the onions.

In a heated sauce pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning and after they are done, add the onion and  tomato puree. 

Add mirchi powder, salt, amchur powder, turmeric, dhania-jeera powder and mix well. Let it cook for about 3-4 min till the oil oozes out. 

Add beaten yogurt/curd and let it simmer. 

Add the cooked chana and also the chopped spinach. (alternatively puree the spinach and add). Add a little water to adjust the consistency if needed.

Let the spinach cook well. After about 4-5 min add garam masala, adjust the taste if required and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. (I didn't have to as the impatient two-some at home were grabbing the curry while I was still working on it!!)

Sending this delicious curry to 
'Only Greens' Event hosted by Sara started by Pari and 
'MLLA #30' hosted by Priya Mitharwal and initiated by Susan.

Preparation Time 30 min 
Serves 3 Adults

Posted by Harini on Thursday, December 2, 2010


  1. Luks yumm.. Worth trying! :)

  2. aipi Says:
  3. Protein n vitamins both in one power packed dish!

    US Masala

  4. Priya Suresh Says:
  5. Healthy and very tempting channa palak..

  6. Tahemeem Says:
  7. oooh.. this is yum.. will surely try this :)

  8. liked the recipe a lot --the spices with the green looks tempting !

  9. Lovely combination..

  10. Looks delicious and nice combo. Thanks dearies for the entry. Hope to receive more.

  11. Simplyfood Says:
  12. Looks creamy and delicious perfect way to hide greens from kids.

  13. Congratulations on your win!!
    This is creamy and I love anything with palak.

  14. Di Says:
  15. delicious recipe I look forward to trying out :)

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