How long it takes: 1 hour
Number of servings: 5-6
I never imagined that Chana and Palak can come together so well ! My son happened to insist that I try this combination and sure enough all of us loved it so much ! The dash of all the masalas came together to form a great side-dish for rice or chapati. Apparently, this spinach/chickpea combination is common in Mediterranean food.
What you need to have:
1. Kabul chana – 1 cup
2. Palak (frozen) – 1 cup
Frozen palak & kabuli chana
Ingredients of seasoning:
1. chopped onions – 2 cups
2. chopped tomatoes – 1 cup
3. cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
4. fennel seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
5. cinnamon -1″ piece
6. chili powder – 1 teaspoon
7. Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
8. Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon(home made & strong)
9. Dry mango powder – 1/2 teaspoon
10. Dhania-jeera powder – 1 teaspoon
11. chili powder – 1 teaspoon
12. Green chili – 2
13. Ginger-garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
14. cooking oil – 2 tablespoons
Ingredients of seasoning
Other ingredients of seasoning
What you do with what you have:
1. Soak chana overnight in water and cook it in the cooker till soft as usual for about 30 minutes adding 1/2 teaspoon of cooking oil.
2. Cook frozen palak in the microwave oven for about 8-10 minutes till done
Cooked frozen palak
3. Place a skillet with 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame. When heated, add cumin seeds to it. When it splutters, add fennel seeds, cinnamon, bay leaf to it and fry till a pleasant aroma oozes out. Now add chopped green chili and when fried add chopped onions from step 1 to it and also required quantity of salt to the dish so that it does not get burnt.
chopped onions being fried in the seasoning
4. When the onions turn transparent add all the powders in a row.
With all powders added
5. Puree chopped tomatoes in the mixer and add it to the above onion-masala mix and fry till it turns mushy. Add a little water too.
Pureed tomatoes being added
6. Finally add cooked chana and also palak to it and stir well. One can even mash a few of the cooked chana and also a little water in addition to bring it to the required consistency. Check for salt!!!!
palak-chana masala being cooked
7. Transfer it to a bowl and it is ready to serve. Enjoy with chapati or roti. Yummm !
Ready to serve palak-chana masala
Good to remember:
1. Chana should be soaked overnight for about 8-10 hours to cook smooth.
2. Palak can be either fresh or frozen depending on the availability.