Palak Chole(Channa Palak Masala)

Some people(not you, DH) call me a control-freak. I tend to over-plan things down to a detail and actually get disappointed when it doesn’t turn out that way. But, as much some people(!) are skeptical of this characteristic of mine, it helps me put dinner on the table in under 30 minutes, when I’ve planned it well.

It was one such days, I had pressure cooked the channa over the weekend and had it sitting in the fridge for a weekday meal. I used the water in which the channa cooked, to make my chapati dough, which was also in the fridge and I made this super scrumptious palak chole and chapatis within 30 minutes for a weeknight dinner and the next day lunch. 4 meals in under 30 minutes, cool, eh!

1 cup of channa, soaked overnight and pressure cooked
1 box frozen chopped spinach
1 large yellow onion, chopped fine
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 cup canned tomato puree
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tbsp chole masala
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp kasoori methi
1 tbsp canola oil
salt to taste

Thaw the spinach by nuking it in the microwave on high for about 5 minutes.

Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add the onions and saute until soft and golden brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute again. Add the chole masala, chilli powder, garam masala, kasoori methi, turmeric powder and saute for about 30 seconds. Add a 1/4 cup of water and let it come to a boil. Cook over medium heat until the oil seperates out of this mixture. Add the cooked channa, tomato puree and defrosted spinach to this mixture. Add water as required. Bring all of this to a boil adding salt as necessary. (Watch the salt added to this recipe as the chole masala has black salt in it and the tomato puree also brings salt. If you had added salt while cooking the channa, count that as well.)

Simmer the curry for a couple of minutes and start making the chapatis meanwhile. Serve hot with chapatis and palak chole.

Verdict: It was a very wholesome dish, much different from the ordinary channa masala. It is also nutritious with the protein in the garbanzo beans, the iron and vitamins in the spinach. Also very filling to eat.

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