Palak Chole
Palak Chole
5 from 1 vote
Dive into the vibrant flavours of Indian cuisine with my rendition of Palak Chole, a classic dish that combines nutritious greens and hearty chickpeas in a symphony of spices.
Palak Chole

Palak Chole is a delightful fusion of two iconic Indian dishes – chickpea curry (chole) and spinach curry (palak).

This vibrant and nutritious recipe brings together the earthy flavors of chickpeas with the freshness of spinach, creating a wholesome and satisfying meal.

Originating from the northern regions of India, this dish has gained popularity for its rich taste and health benefits. Despite its seemingly complex flavors, Palak Chole is surprisingly easy to prepare, making it an ideal choice for both novice and seasoned cooks alike.

Expert Tip: For a creamier texture, you can blend a portion of the cooked chickpeas before adding the spinach for a thicker consistency.


Chickpeas: Canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed, form the hearty base of this dish, providing protein and a satisfying texture to the curry.

Spinach: Fresh spinach, washed and chopped, adds a burst of vibrant green color and a nutritious boost to the recipe.

Onion, Tomatoes, Garlic, Ginger, Green Chili: These aromatics form the flavor foundation of the dish, lending their distinct tastes and textures to the curry.

Cumin Seeds, Ground Coriander, Ground Cumin, Turmeric Powder, Paprika, Garam Masala: A blend of aromatic spices enhances the flavor profile of Palak Chole, infusing the dish with warmth and depth.

Salt: To taste, to balance the flavors and enhance the overall taste of the dish.

Vegetable Oil: Used for sautéing the aromatics and spices, adding richness and depth to the curry.

Fresh Coriander: Garnished on top, fresh coriander leaves provide a final touch of freshness and color to the dish.

Expert Tip: Experiment with different spices and adjust according to your taste preferences. Adding a pinch of cinnamon or fenugreek can add depth to the flavor profile.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve Palak Chole hot with steamed rice or warm naan bread for a complete and satisfying meal.
  • Garnish with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of chaat masala for added flavor and complexity.
  • Pair with pickled onions or mango chutney for a tangy contrast to the rich flavors of the curry.
  • Serve alongside a fresh salad of cucumber, tomato, and onion for a refreshing accompaniment.

Expert Tip: To enhance the nutritional value of the dish, you can add other vegetables such as diced carrots or bell peppers along with the spinach.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh chickpeas instead of canned?

Freshly cooked chickpeas can be used in this recipe, but they will require longer cooking time compared to canned chickpeas. Make sure to soak and cook the chickpeas until they are tender before adding them to the curry.

Is Palak Chole spicy?

The spiciness of Palak Chole can be adjusted according to personal preference. You can control the amount of green chili or omit it altogether for a milder flavor.

Can I make Palak Chole in advance?

Yes, Palak Chole can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

Can I freeze Palak Chole?

While Palak Chole can be frozen, the texture of the spinach may change slightly upon thawing. It’s best enjoyed fresh or refrigerated for later consumption.

What can I substitute for spinach?

If spinach is not available, you can substitute it with other leafy greens such as kale or Swiss chard. Adjust cooking times accordingly as different greens may require varying cooking times.

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Palak Chole

Palak Chole

by Nabeela Kauser
Dive into the vibrant flavours of Indian cuisine with my rendition of Palak Chole, a classic dish that combines nutritious greens and hearty chickpeas in a symphony of spices.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 208 kcal


  • 250 g Chickpeas Canned, drained and rinsed
  • 200 g Spinach Washed and chopped
  • 1 medium Onion Finely chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes Finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1- inch Ginger Grated
  • 1 Green Chilli Finely chopped (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • Salt To taste
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • Coriander Fresh, for garnish


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add the chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent.
  • Add the minced garlic, grated ginger, and green chili. Sauté for another 2-3 minutes until the raw smell disappears.
  • Stir in the chopped tomatoes and cook until they become soft and mushy.
  • Add the ground coriander, ground cumin, turmeric powder, paprika, and a pinch of salt. Cook the spices for a couple of minutes until they release their aroma.
  • Add the chopped spinach (palak) to the pan. Cook and stir until it wilts and reduces in volume.
  • Add the drained and rinsed chickpeas to the pan. Mix well with the spinach and spices.
  • Pour in about 100ml of water and simmer for 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavours to meld and the mixture to thicken. Add more water if needed to achieve your desired consistency.
  • Season with garam masala and adjust salt and spice levels to your taste.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.


Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 8gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 92mgPotassium: 687mgFibre: 8gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 5247IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 107mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Chickpeas, Chole, Cooking, Food, Palak, Recipe, Spinach
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