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Palak Chole Recipe | Spinach Chickpea Curry
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Palak Chole Recipe | Spinach Chickpea Curry

Palak Chole Recipe | Spinach Chickpea Curry, a mild and healthy accompaniment for Roti/Naan or any Indian Bread. Palak Chole is nothing but Chickpeas cooked with spinach in a mild spicy gravy.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Soaking Time6 hrs
Total Time7 hrs
Course: Accompaniment, Veg Gravies
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian, Punjabi
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Mixer Grinder
  • Heavy Bottomed Pan


  • 1 Cup Chickpeas (Kondakadalai) 1 Cup - 250ml
  • 3 Cups Spinach Tightly packed
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 tsp Salt Adjust As Needed
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Leaves For Garnishing

Whole Masalas

  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Spice Powders

  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Chole Masala We can add garam masala instead.

Ingredients for Grinding

  • 2 Tomato Roughly chopped
  • 2 Green Chili
  • 2" Ginger
  • 2 Garlic cloves


Soaking Chole

  • Wash and soak Chole overnight or atleast for 6 hours in hot water

Preparing Spinach

  • Remove palak leaves from its stem. Soak all the spinach leaves in water for about 20 mins. Soaking process let the dust/sand settle down in water. After 20 mins, we can squeeze the leaves and take it gently without stirring the water. That way the dust/sand settles down and we can discard the water.
  • Chop the spinach and set aside

Cooking Chole

  • Drain the water from soaked chole. Add 2 cups of fresh water along with 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Take a small piece of muslin cloth or any clean white cloth. Add the whole garam masala and bring all the edges of the cloth together and tie it and make it like a potli. Add this potli to the chickpeas
  • Pressure cook the chickpeas for 4-5 whistles. Allow the pressure to relase naturally. Discard the masala Potli and set the cooked chole aside. We don't need to strain excess water. We can use it for the gravy

Grinding Process

  • Take tomato pieces along with green chili, ginger and garlic in a mixer jar. Grind everything to a smooth paste.

Cooking Palak Chole

  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add chopped onions and saute the onion till translucent
  • Then add ground Tomato paste to the pan. Also, add coriander powder, red chili powder and chole masala powder along with salt.
  • Mix everything well. Cover & Cook in medium flame till the oil oozes out of the masala
  • Once the masala is cooked, add chopped spinach and give a good mix. Let the spinach gets cooked for 5 mins
  • Then add cooked chole along with the cooked water. Adjust salt if needed. Cover & Cook in low flame for about 8-10 mins.
  • Finally garnish with coriander leaves

Serving Time

  • Serve the delicious Palak Chole with Roti/Naan or pulao and enjoy the wonderful curry!


  1. We can make Palak Chole without onions and garlic.
  2. We can use garam masala and Anardhana powder instead of Chole Masala 


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g