Chana palak or chole palak or spinach chick peas curry recipe

Chana palak is a healthy and delicious North Indian dish made with white chickpeas, spinach and mixed with spices. Chickpeas is rich in proteins and Spinach is high on iron which makes up for a complete healthy dish. Chana and palak is a good combination for making this curry and it goes well with rotis, puris, parathas, plain rice or jeera rice.


  • White chickpeas or kabuli chana - 1 cup
  • Spinach or palak leaves - 5 cups (roughly chopped)
  • Cooking oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ginger-garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
  • Onion - 1 (chopped finely)
  • Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Tomatoes - 3 (roughly chopped)
  • Green chillies - 2
  • Kasoori methi - 1 teaspoon
  • Cashewnuts - 5 (optional)
  • Salt to taste


Step 1

HOW TO MAKE CHANA PALAK OR CHOLE PALAK RECIPE Wash and soak the chickpeas with sufficient water for about 8-10 hrs or overnight. Next day drain the water and pressure cook with 2 cups of water and salt upto 4 whistles.

Step 2

Once the pressure cools down, drain the excess water and keep the boiled chickpeas aside.

Step 3

Blanch the spinach leaves and tomatoes with sufficient water. For that boil 5 cups of water and add salt to it. Once it reaches the boiling point, add spinach leaves and cook for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame. Drain the excess water and run the spinach leaves in cold water. Set aside. IMG_3773

Step 4

Grind the blanched spinach leaves, tomatoes alongwith green chillies to a smooth puree. IMG_3774 IMG_3777

Step 5

Grind the cashewnuts into a fine dry powder and set aside.

Step 6

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds. Once the seeds start spluttering, add onions and saute till they become translucent. IMG_3779

Step 7

Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for another 1 minute till the raw smell goes away.

Step 8

Add coriander powder and garam masala and mix well. IMG_3781

Step 9

Add spinach-tomato-green chilli puree and combine together and simmer for 2-3 minutes. IMG_3783

Step 10

Now add boiled chick peas and mix well. Adjust the salt accordingly. Add water according to the gravy consistency and cook for another 2 minutes on a low flame. IMG_3784

Step 11

Once the gravy starts to boil, lower the flame and add cashewnut powder and kasoori methi and mix well. Switch off the flame. IMG_3787

Step 12

Chole palak or chana palak is ready to served hot with rotis, puris or parathas or plain rice or jeera rice. IMG_3796

3 Responses to Chana palak or chole palak or spinach chick peas curry recipe

  1. veenashankar says:

    I just had my roti.. can u pass me this gravy to have it with my roti

  2. Wonderful post and the recipe looks amazing.
    Thanks for sharing such valuable post. 🙂

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