Palak Chole (Chickpeas with Spinach)

What is palak chole, you ask?

For those of you who aren’t as familiar, palak chole is an Indian dish that combines fresh greens with protein-rich chickpeas (garbanzo beans). The tender peas go perfectly with the spicy spinach gravy.

There are several variations to the palak chole basic recipe, most depending on spices. But this is so easy to make that if you’re missing an ingredient, don’t sweat it. Just go with what’s in the cupboard. Also, you don’t have to measure out each teaspoon — a dash here or there can create a great, surprising combo.

You can eat palak chole with brown rice, crackers or bread. You can also choose to make it thicker or soupier.


1 15-oz. can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained

3 cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped

1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained (or 2 large fresh tomatoes, diced)

1 green or yellow chile, chopped

1 tablespoon of coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 tsp onion or garlic powder

1/2 tsp of turmeric

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp of black pepper

1/2 cup of water (if needed, or if you want a soupier consistency)


1. Using a blender, mix the can of diced tomatoes and the chile pepper into a puree. If needed, add a little water.

2. Add the oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once heated, slowly add the tomato puree.

3. Add the spices. Cook about 5 minutes.

4. Add the chopped spinach. Cover and cook about 5 minutes.

5. Add the chickpeas (garbanzo beans). If the mixture is too dry, add some water (which I did). To thicken, try mashing some of the chickpeas. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, checking and stirring periodically.

6. Enjoy! Serve with rice, crackers, bread or alone.


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Categories: Main dish, Sauce, Side dish, Soup


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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