Spicy Spinach and Chickpea Curry or Palak Chole Recipe

Updated on September 26, 2017
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Cooking is one of my passions. Though I am working, I make nutritious and tasty food at home. I use minimal oil and no artificial colors.

Some Information About Making Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas) Curry

Garbanzo beans curry (chole) is a popular side dish served with flatbread and pancakes in restaurants. This curry is spicy, tangy, flavorful, and nutritious. It is made by cooking garbanzo beans (chickpeas) with onion, tomato, green chilies, ginger, and several spice powders.

Spicy spinach and chickpeas curry (Palak chole) is the improved and healthier version of the original chickpeas curry. Plenty of spinach is added to a mix of garbanzo beans, other veggies, and spices to make this yummy side dish. Let me share the detailed recipe.

Spicy Spinach and Chickpeas Curry (Palak Chole)
Spicy Spinach and Chickpeas Curry (Palak Chole)
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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 2 bowls spinach(palak), washed and finely chopped
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans(chickpeas), soaked in water for 10 hours or overnight and cooked
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped or grated
  • 2 green chilies, slit lengthwise
  • 1 cup tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chole masala powder, Available in Indian stores, alternatively you can use garam masala powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder, optional, add only if needed for spiciness
  • 1 1/2 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp sugar, optional, I used to balance the taste
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder

Some Important Tips:

1. Be careful while adding salt. You are adding it in portions in many steps. See that the curry should not become salty.

2. Cook garbanzo beans till they become soft and at least a few should break. For quick cooking, add a few drops of oil to it.

3. Cook garbanzo beans with just sufficient water for immersing them completely.

4. Don't make the curry too dry. It becomes thicker when cools down.

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Spicy Spinach and Chickpeas Curry

  1. Cook soaked garbanzo beans(chickpeas) with water, a few drops of oil, and some salt. If you are cooking in a pressure cooker, cook up to 5-6 whistles and simmer for 15 minutes to get the perfectly cooked chickpeas. Mash it a little or break a few beans, so that the gravy gets thickness. Keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a deep bottom pan. Add chopped onion, ginger, and slit green chilies. Saute till onion turns golden brown.
  3. Throw chopped tomato into the pan. Cook till they become a little mushy. Add chopped spinach(palak). Continue stir cooking for a while till spinach becomes soft. This may take about 5-6 minutes on low fire.
  4. Add chole masala powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, sugar, and salt. Mix well. Continue stir cooking for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Pour cooked chickpeas. Mix well. Boil the mix for 4-5 minutes covering the pan. By this time, the gravy becomes thick. Check for salt. Add salt if needed. Turn off the fire.
  6. Spicy spinach and chickpeas curry is ready to serve. Serve it with roti, chapati, flatbread, or less spicy fried rice. Enjoy the taste!

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Step one: Keep ready the ingredientsStep two: Cook chickpeas with water and some saltStep three: Saute onion, ginger, and slit green chilies in oilStep four: Add chopped tomatoes. Cook till they are mushyStep five: Add chopped spinach. Cook till they turn softStep six: Add chole masala powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, sugar, and salt.Step seven: Add cooked chickpeas. Mix well. Cook for a few minutes on a low fire Step eight: Stir cook the curry till you get a thick texture. Adjust the salt.Step nine: Spicy spinach and chickpeas curry(palak chole) is ready to serve!
Step one: Keep ready the ingredients
Step one: Keep ready the ingredients
Step two: Cook chickpeas with water and some salt
Step two: Cook chickpeas with water and some salt
Step three: Saute onion, ginger, and slit green chilies in oil
Step three: Saute onion, ginger, and slit green chilies in oil
Step four: Add chopped tomatoes. Cook till they are mushy
Step four: Add chopped tomatoes. Cook till they are mushy
Step five: Add chopped spinach. Cook till they turn soft
Step five: Add chopped spinach. Cook till they turn soft
Step six: Add chole masala powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, sugar, and salt.
Step six: Add chole masala powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, sugar, and salt.
Step seven: Add cooked chickpeas. Mix well. Cook for a few minutes on a low fire
Step seven: Add cooked chickpeas. Mix well. Cook for a few minutes on a low fire
Step eight: Stir cook the curry till you get a thick texture. Adjust the salt.
Step eight: Stir cook the curry till you get a thick texture. Adjust the salt.
Step nine: Spicy spinach and chickpeas curry(palak chole) is ready to serve!
Step nine: Spicy spinach and chickpeas curry(palak chole) is ready to serve!

Nutritional Information of Spicy Spinach and Chickpeas Curry

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 223
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Carbohydrates 37 g12%
Fiber 8 g32%
Protein 9 g18%
Sodium 390 mg16%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Questions & Answers

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    • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

      ShailaSheshadri 

      16 months ago from Bengaluru

      Thanks. Try once with spinach for a change. It will also be delicious.

    • Spanish Food profile image

      Lena Durante 

      16 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Chickpeas are one of my favorite ingredients. I often cook them in curry with kale (because that's usually what I have in the garden), in a very similar way!

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