Palak-chana masala

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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.

5 thoughts on “Palak-chana masala

    Priya said:
    October 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Nutritious and healthy masala..

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Hi Priya,

      Thanx as usual priya!!!!

    namratha said:
    October 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    mami, even i have tried this.. but ur seems like abit change than that of mine. anyways, will try out urs also soon. i have posted my palak chole on fb. very simple with very less ingredient.. but have cum out good. tried with dosa…

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Nammu,

      I was missing you all the time.Welcome again!!!!! I will surely try out your palak chole soon and let you know.

    renu said:
    February 19, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    thanks priya,..i wil try it out..

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