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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Chole palak curry(Spinach and chikpeas)


Chickpeas and spinach is a great combination and a healthy, protein rich dish. Chickpeas immersed with spicy spinach gravy. This dish can be served with roti, naan ,bhtura or rice.

Ingredients




 1/2 cup chickpea (chole)(soaked for about 5-6 hours)


•3 cups finely chopped spinach

•2 medium tomatoes


  2 medium onions


  2 cloves garlic

•1/2″piece ginger

•1 green chili

•3 tsp oil

•1/4 tsp asafetida

•1 tsp cumin seed

•1 tsp coriander powder

•1/2 tsp turmeric

•1/2 tsp red pepper

•1/2 tsp salt adjust

•1/2 tsp garam masala

  1/2 tsp chana masala (optinal)

Method:

1- Boil the soaked chikpeas till soft  and drain the water.

2-.Blend onions ,garlic cloves , tomatoes, green chilies, and ginger to make a puree.


3.Heat the oil in a pan .Add the asafetida and cumin seeds.let it splutter.


4-Then add onion- tomato puree,salt, coriander powder, turmeric, red chili powder and cook for about 4 minutes on medium heat .The mixture will start leaving the oil and will reduce to about half in quantity.


5-Cut and add spinach and one half cup of water and let it cook covered for 4 to 5 minutes on medium heat .

6-.Add  chickpeas and mash them lightly with a spatula and let it cook on low heat for 7 to 8 minutes.

7-.Add  garam masala and chana masala let it cook for another minute.


Note - 1- you can use canned chikpeas also.
           2- Add water  as needed to keep the gravy consistency to your liking .

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