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Chole Palak

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Chole Palak or Chickpeas and spinach is a great combination and a healthy, protein rich, vegan dish. Chickpeas immersed in a mildly spiced spinach gravy, this dish can be served with roti, naan puri or rice. Enjoy this easy and yummy recipe any day of the week.
Ingredients
  Spinach leaves 1 Bunch (100 gm) (about 3 cups)
  Chickpeas/Garbanzo bean 1 Cup (16 tbs) (about 1 can)
  Cooking oil 2 Tablespoon
  Green chili 1 Large
  Garlic 1 Tablespoon, grated
  Onion 1 Medium, finely chopped
  Bay leaf 1 Large
  Fennel seed 1 Teaspoon (sauf)
  Green cardamom 2 Small
  Garam masala 1 Teaspoon
  Coriander powder 1 Teaspoon
  Cumin powder 1 Teaspoon
  Red chili powder 1 Teaspoon
  Kasoori methi 1 Teaspoon, crushed
  Salt 1 Teaspoon (or to taste)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Soak chole/chickpeas overnight in enough water (if not using canned)
2. Wash the spinach leaves and then blanch in a little boiling water for 3-4 minutes.
3. After spinach leaves are cooked and cooled down, add to a blender jar along with green chilli. Grind to a smooth paste.
4. Cook soaked chole in a pressure cooker, adding some more water to them. Cook for about 7 to 8 whistles.

MAKING
5. Heat the oil in a skillet, add bay leaf, fennel seeds and green cardamom to hot oil. Cook for 1 minute.
6. Then add finely chopped onion and saute until onion is golden brown and soft.
7. After onion is cooked, add garlic paste, and cook for a minute.
8. Add garam masala, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and saute for another 2 minutes to release the flavors of the spices.
9. Tip the boiled chickpeas/canned chickpeas into the onion masala mixture, mix well.
10. Then add the spinach puree and stir.
11. Finally stir in kasoori methi and salt to taste. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

SERVING
12. Serve the Chole Palak with roti, chapati, naan or over rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Channel: 
North Indian
Cuisine: 
Main Dish
Course: 
Spicy
Taste: 
Simmering
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Subtitle: 
Garbanzo Beans in Spinach Gravy

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