Tuesday, August 24, 2010

chickpea curry with spinach/chole palak

On this special occassion of raksha bandhan ,i made this choley as it is one of my brother's favourite dish,infact on his every birthday chole bhature was the fixed menu made by my mom...miss u bro.:((.  and today i gave it a small twist by adding spinach to it,yesterday night i finished all my work ,soaked chole and as usual was browsing before going to bed,suddenly i landed on jaya wagle's blog,it was my first visit at desi soccer mom and i read her chole palak,not an authentic punjabi recipe and immediately it struck my mind that i have some frozen spinach and have already soaked chole so what a fantastic idea and i bookmarked it and next day i.e today for my lunch i made this chole palak and trust me it was awesomely yummy, adding spinach was an extra thing otherwise rest all the ingredients are more or less in my regular chole,this was the first recipe i made it so quickly after bookmarking ,as till now i have bookmarked hundreds of recipes but only few of them i was able to make ..wanna make many more but damn im such a lazy bum :P

ingredients :
1 cup chole/chickpeas (soaked overnight )
1 onion finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped/pureed/paste
2 tsps ginger-garlic paste
1-2 green chillies finely chopped (adjust acc)
1/2 cup frozen spinach (after thawing or better using fresh spinach leaves )
2 tsps red chilli pwd (pls adjust acc to your taste )
1-2 tsp corriander pwd
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
1 tbsp chole masala (i used store bought everest chole masala)
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
method :
Pressure cook chole with litttle salt and a pinch of turmeric pwd and cook till tender and soft.Heat oil,fry onions till transluscent,add tomatoes and spinach and fry till pulpy,add all the remaining spices and cover and cook till  it leaves little oil from the sides,lastly add cooked chole and some water and simmer for a while.Serve hot with bhature or bread or parathas.
sending this to the following events :-
1.nithu bala for hosting cwf-lb : chickpeas event started by kiran.
2.sanyukta for her color your  palate-a visual treat
3.priya for her bookmarked recipes-every tuesday.
4.divya for her show me your curry event.


  1. lovely curry..nice medley of ingredients

  2. Droolworthy chole palak..yummmm!!

  3. nice idea of adding spinach to chickpeas curry..looks healthy and delicious.

  4. chole looks delicious ..love this combo ..must try it ..sonu palak chole presentation is beautiful ..perfect dish for all entries


  5. Very Nice Combination of spinach with Chickpeas. Nice Presentation as well.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. happy raksha bandhan darling...wow...simply gorgeous n yummm dish...thanks for sending this lovely entry to my event....truly a visual treat

  7. Looks delicious combo..should try next time..

  8. Nice n healthy curry dear..loving your beautiful presentation!!

  9. Thats a very nice & healthy combo, never thought of using both together, very nice recipe and a beautiful presentation...

  10. Liked the idea of adding spinach to chole and making it more healthy n interesting receipe...

    But,tel me the spinach should be boiled n then used or just keep raw paste of it..


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