Palak Chole

Palak chole or palak chana is a simple spinach and chickpea curry. It's a great way to get your greens with some tasty chickpeas.

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Yield: 3 servings


  • 30mL sunflower oil (~27.3g)
  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), canned, drained (~240g)
  • 200g baby spinach
  • 2 medium tomatoes (~180g)
  • 1 small knob fresh ginger (~8g)
  • 1 green chilli pepper (~3g)
  • ¼tsp asafoetida (~0.5g)
  • 1tsp whole cumin seed (~2g)
  • 2tsp ground coriander seed (~4g)
  • 1tsp ground turmeric (~2.5g)
  • 2g salt
  • 1tsp garam masala (~2g)
  • 2g unrefined caster sugar
  • 225g basmati rice
  • 540mL water (~540g)


  1. Chop the spinach very finely and set aside in a bowl.
  2. Finely dice the ginger and chilli pepper.
  3. Start to heat the oil in a pan.
  4. Peel the tomatoes and dice.
  5. When the oil is hot, place the asofoetida, ginger, chilli pepper and cumin seed in the pan and stir.
  6. After about 30 seconds, add the diced tomatoes, ground coriander and turmeric.
  7. Bring to the boil and then add the spinach.
  8. Allow the spinach to wilt down slightly and then add the drained can of chickpeas.
  9. Cover, bring to the boil and then simmer for 20 minutes.
  10. Meanwhile cook the rice according to the packet instructions (I used 225g in a rice cooker with 540mL water)
  11. Add the salt, garam masala and sugar, stir in and cover again.
  12. Simmer for a further 10 minutes and it will be ready to serve.

You can save some time with this recipe by using a blender to chop the spinach instead of doing it by hand, but it'll probably take you longer to wash up.

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Special Diets

  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • Suitable for vegans
  • Gluten free


Per 100g Serving (479g)
Energy 438kJ 2102kJ
Energy 104kcal 502kcal
Fat 2.6g 12.6g
  of which saturates 0.34g 1.6g
Carbohydrates 17.1g 81.8g
  of which sugars 1.4g 6.6g
Fibre 2g 9.8g
Protein 3g 14.5g
Sodium 92mg 441mg
  as salt 0.23g 1.1g
Fruit/veg portions 0.33 1.6

Values are based on nutritional values of the ingredients, it doesn't allow for evaporation losses or changes caused by cooking. Figures are estimates only.