Chana Paalak|Garbanzo beans in Spinach Curry
Author: Alka
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 40 mins
A healthy and delicious chickpea in spinach curry recipe
Ingredients
  • ¼ Kg Chickpeas, picked, rinsed and soaked for at least 6 hours
  • ½ Kg Spinach
  • 2 Medium sized Onions
  • 2 Large Tomatoes
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • Ginger a bit (about an inch size)
  • Garlic 5-6 cloves
  • Whole Garam Masala (A bit of dalchini, 2 cloves, 1 Black cardamom ,1 tejpatta or bayleaf, 2 whole black peppers)
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric powder ¼ tsp or less
  • Coriander Powder 1 tsp
  • 1 tbsp Oil
Method
  1. Boil soaked chickpeas with some salt till half cooked. For me , boiling chickpeas in a pressure cooker till 3 whistles of cooker, worked well.
  2. Drain the chickpeas and reserve the liquid.
  3. In the meantime, peel the onions and grind those along with, ginger , garlic, Whole garam masalas to a fine paste.
  4. In a pressure cooker, pour 1 tbsp of oil, add the onion paste and saute well till the paste changes colour to pink.
  5. Grind tomatoes and green chillies together and add to the onion paste which by now had changed to darker shades of pink.
  6. Saute well for few minutes and then add washed and chopped spinach and mix very well.
  7. Pour some water(not much as spinach cooks in its own juices), add some salt (remember there is already some salt in chickpeas , so be alert), and close the lid of cooker .Wait for 2-3 whisltes and put off the gas.
  8. Later, add the Half-boiled chickpeas, turmeric powder, coriander powder and saute well for 3-4 minutes, taking care so as not to break the chickpeas.
  9. Adjust the consistency of gravy by adding the reserved liquid in which chickpeas were boiled. Adjust seasonings and let the whole mixture simmer for few minutes on low flame till the chickpeas absorbs the flavors of spinach and Garam masalas. The consistency of final dish is semi dry.
  10. Garnish with chopped fresh coriander leaves.
  11. Goes well with rice, Pulao, or even with Roti .
Recipe by Sindhi Rasoi |Sindhi Recipes at http://sindhirasoi.com/2010/02/chana-paalak/