30 PALAK CHANNA

Palak/Spinach leaves and channa(garbanzo beans) gravy


This is a different version of my palak paneer recipe but instead of paneer have used channa. Had a can of cooked channa so substituted that as a variation.

Spinach leaves/palak - 1 big bunch
Channa - 1/2 cup soaked overnight and cooked till soft( or can use a can of cooked garbanzo beans)
Onion - 1 medium chopped fine
Tomato puree - 2 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1 tbsp
Dhaniya powder - 1/2 tbsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tbsp
Ginger and garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Green chillies - 2 or 3
Salt as needed
Oil - 3 tbsp


For tempering have used cumin seeds - 1 tsp. If needed can add 2 clove and small stick of cinnamon for good flavor.


Heat a tbsp of oil in a frying and add washed spinach leaves and green chillies. Fry till the leaves shrink and cooked with discoloring. Remove and cool. Later grind to a smooth paste.
Heat remaining oil in a pan and add the tempering ingredients. When they splutter out, add chopped onions and fry till golden brown. Next add ginger and garlic paste and fry till the raw smell leaves( at least for a minute). Next add tomato puree( can also use 2 chopped tomatoes... mash and cook till pulpy). Saute for a minute and add all the powders and mix well. Immediately add the ground palak paste and some water needed according to thickness needed. Also add salt and cooked channa. If needed can also add 2 tbsp of cream for rich taste. Allow everything to come up to a boil and remove. Serve with chapathis/rotis/parathas and enjoy.

30 comments/Reactions:

Pavithra said...

Double healthy in single dish.. so delish padma,

Padma said...

Thanks Pavithra... that was so quick :)

Pooja said...

What a healthy dish! Packed with nutrients. And delicious too!

Lavanya said...

healthy curry..awesome click!!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Awesome click. I love your presentation. Looks so yummy!

kittymatti said...

Eeeeeee! Awesome dear...looks delicious...should try this next time!!

Sanghi said...

Mmm nice gravy, yummy..!

Ann said...

Certainly a healthy meal Padma. I never combined Spinach and Chenna before. Looks Yummy too :)

Prathibha said...

Healthy n protein packed food...Even i soaked some channa today..

Priti said...

Very cool..this is healthy and delicious

Suparna said...

hey padma,
love your twists to the original recipes :) I love chickpeas and the combo with palak is sure awesome. looks healthy.
Thanks for sharing.

Jyoti said...

Interesting idea ...channa with palak. Looks delicious !

Subhie Arun said...

lovely combo padma..and healthy n nutritious too...grt yar

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

wonderful dish Packed with nutrients. ..

Parita said...

Oh wow wonderful combination..love that plate :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

a different one..delicious

SriLekha said...

hi! join in the EFM-Breakfast and Variety Rice Series going in my blog!

rekhas kitchen said...

umm very healthy and protein rich curry. I too make this but I dont fry palak I steam the leves and grind them Any way your curry looks so yummy nice gravy.

Priya said...

Delicious and protein packed palak channa Padma!

Padma said...

Thanks to everyone of you for the lovely comments :D...
Srilekha sure will send in some for the EFM and rice events going on...
Rekha...yes we can also steam the leaves to get the same taste... i try that for my palak paneer most of the time...
and Jyoti thanks for dropping by and leaving your comments :)

Vrinda said...

Nice recipe Padama and healthy too..

munchcrunchandsuch said...

wow, a nice variation padma.I am sure it will b as gud as palak paneer.way to go!

Vij said...

Healthy dish! a must try in my list now.

Kalyani said...

healthy one & a nice recipe padma .......

Padma said...

Thanks Vrinda, Shubha and Kalyani and thanks Vij for dropping by and leaving your comments :)

Mandira said...

this looks delicious and healthy!

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sheelaseng said...

Padma,
Y'day night,I tried this dish.
It came out awesome taste.My kids like very much.no leftover in my box. thanks much.

Aruna said...

Palak is always my all time favorite, but never tried it with channa. will try it tonight. :-)

Padma said...

Thanks Mandira, Dr, Jacboson ( sure will visit your site) ,Sheela and Aruna ...
Aruna - it was too good, try it :)

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