June 12, 2008

Tamarind Chickpeas with Spinach

Channa Masala is a very common dish in North India. It is usually eaten with Batura.
Chole-Bature is a very famous combination. I have made this dish a little differently. Usage of tamarind gives it a tangy taste. Combination of fennel seeds & tamarind along with kalonji, gives it a different flavour altogether, making each mouthful a treat.
Do check this dish out.

Preparation Time: 20 - 25 mins

  • Chickpeas ( soaked overnight & boiled ) - 400 g
  • 2 onions - finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes - finely chopped
  • 1 cup spinach - finely chopped
  • Tamarind juice - 2 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds/saunf - 2 tsp
  • Nigella seeds/kalonji - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 2 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1 tsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 2-3 green chilles
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Cilantro


  1. Take oil in a kadhai, add fennel seeds & nigella seeds
  2. After it splutter, add green chillies
  3. Add onions & saute for 5 mins
  4. Add tomatoes & chilli powder
  5. Add chopped spinach
  6. Saute till oil separates
  7. Add boiled chickpeas, salt & a pinch of sugar
  8. Cook on low flame for 10 mins
  9. Add garam masala powder
  10. Mix well, garnish with cilantro
  11. Serve Hot with rotis/batura ... Enjoi !!!

Sig from Live to Eat is hosting, the JFI event for this month, for the ingredient Tamarind - Jihva for Tamarind.

I will be sending 'Tamarind Chickpeas with Spinach' as my entry for the event. Check out the event @ Jihva For Tamarind
Thank you for hosting such lovely events.

Since this dish contain Chickpeas & Spinach which are rich in proteins, Off this goes to Sangeeth's Place for the event Eat Healthy - Protein Rich
Thanks Sangeeth for hosting :)


Sig said...

Thank you for this entry Deepthi... Love the flavors in this dish..

Suma Rajesh said...

hey ur dish looks delicious...luv the tangy taste of tamarind..good entry

Laavanya said...

Ideas for making channa in different ways are always welcome. Looks good


@ Sig
Glad you liked it. My first entry for a contest on blogger :)

@ Suma rajesh, laavanya

Thanks so much