Thursday 19 April 2012

Hariyali Chana Masala


Hi All!

Like my previous post of Lentil  & Spinach Sandwich, I’m posting yet again a combination of protein and greens in a very tasty ‘Avatar’. My family loves the chickpeas and that makes it easy for me to give the kid an additional dose of protein in an easy and many ways.

I was once again greedy while picking the greens from the vegetable mart. The fresh green leaves attract me so much that I’m tempted to buy them at once. And once I’ve bought them, I’m in a hurry to finish them before they perish. This curry was concocted in a hurry in order to finish a lot of greens.

Once I had finished cooking this curry and tasted a bite, I told myself of making the mistake of buying excessive greens more frequently as the curry was finger licking tasty. I gave the curry to S in his lunch box along with Phulka and fresh salad. He called me especially to tell that whatever ‘new’ I had made was extremely tasty. I was beaming with joy and was mentally saying ‘tell me something new’ as I already knew how tasty it was…Smile with tongue out.

Do not relate this curry to the Chana Palak served in restaurants, as this curry not only uses spinach but many more greens, making it more flavorful. Plus unlike restaurants, I've made this very low in oil and have not used any potent spices or garam masala. So the curry retains all natural flavors of the greens..

This curry is extremely versatile, I had made it dry, as I wanted to give this in the lunch box, but it can be made in a gravy fashion and eaten with rice. The dry version itself can be eaten as a 'Chaat' garnished with chopped onions and 'Sev' as the curry itself is tangy and ‘chatpati’. The curry, when stuffed in bread, makes an excellent sandwich. I had made the sandwich for the kid’s snack box and he had loved it.

                     HARIYALI CHANA MASALA 

                                                        Preparation Time: 20mins
                                                        Cooking Time:15mins


1-1/2cups pre-soaked & pressure cooked chickpeas or canned chickpeas
1medium sized onion, finely chopped
2 medium sized tomatoes, finely chopped
2-3tsp grated ginger

To grind together

2handfuls spinach leaves
a small handful coriander leaves
a small handful mint leaves
1tbsp coriander seeds
1tsp cumin seeds


1tsp roasted cumin powder
1tsp red chili powder
3/4tsp turmeric powder
3/4tsp rock salt
3/4tsp dry mango powder (Amchoor)
2tsp coriander powder


Blanch spinach and shift in cold water.

Heat about 4tsp oil.


Add ginger and sauté.


Add onions and sauté till slightly golden in color.


Add tomatoes.


Tip in all spices and salt to taste, mix thoroughly. Cook till tomatoes are mushy and oil separates.


Add the cooked chickpeas and mix thoroughly. Crush a few chickpeas to get an even texture.


Grind all ingredients under ‘to grind together’ to make a fine paste. Remember, with temperatures soaring high, the greens oxidize fast and it’s quite difficult to retain the green color. So, it’s advisable to grind them just before adding to the curry. Add the green paste to the chickpeas. Mix and cook for a minute or two.


Serve with roti/rice.

Sending this to my event ‘Only’ Snacks & Starters hosted by Raji at Vegetarian Tastebuds as this can also be eaten as a 'Chaat'. To Priya and Vardhini's Healthy diet- Vegetarian Side Dishes

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easyfoodsmith said...

What a delicious and healthy dish! I am sure mint leaves must have made it aromatic and given it more aromatic. Well done!

Hema said...

Spinach and Chana, yummy combo..

Love2cook Malaysia said...

Pics are making me to drool, drool and drool!!! :)

Recipeswap said...

Love the color of the dish, v healthy

Spice up the Curry said...

delicious looking dish . love the addition of spinach

Prema said...

Delicious recipe,luks tempting...very nice presentation.

Reshmi said...

you added mint too.. wow... must try combination of pinach coriander and mint

Rahin said...

looks delicious

Namitha said...

That's so smart of you :) Loved the combination and flavors in there

Unknown said...

the hariyali chana looks lip smacking good.
Love Ash.

Julie said...

Delicious chana masala,I too have this in my drafts but with black chick peas..will post soon:-)
ONGOING EVENT- "Mint & Coriander seeds" (EP Series-Apr)
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Zareena said...

Looks yummy and amazing colour.

radha said...

I should try this with a hint of mint. I'm sure it tasted as good as it looks

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

delicious healthy dish.yummy

Faseela said...

yummy n lovely masala...

Priya Suresh said...

Simply love the colour of this chana masala, really tempting and super flavourful..

spicenflavors said...

Great combo :) and great clicks too,looks delicious:)

R said...

love this amazing greens and protein packed curry!

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

looks inviting & soooooooper delicious pari..:)

Tasty Appetite

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

delicious channa! I eat it as chaat too...

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

My mom makes this when she there are lots of coriander leaves. Nice version

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Looks really delicious...A nice alternative to the regular channa masala

Treat and Trick said...

Healthy combo and looks fabulous!

Treat and Trick said...

Healthy combo and looks fabulous!

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

looks awesome, making this soon... im sure it will be a hit in my house too :)

Priya dharshini said...

Nice recipe...luv the click..

Pushpa said...

Delicious and aromatic hariyali chana.

Pragyan said...

"And once I’ve bought them, I’m in a hurry to finish them before they perish." - Ditto! :) Nice recipe!

Sushmita said...

I tried this recipe for lunch today. The taste is amazing and mint is what brings it to life!
This is one more way I can use my home grown mint. Thanks for the recipe.

Lorraine said...

I love chickpeas; this looks delicious:)

Pari Vasisht said...

Thanks Sushmita for trying the recipe. I'm glad you liked it. Home grown mint has more refreshing flavour:).

Chitra said...

Very nice, must be yummy..

khushi said...

truly delicious recipes......your blog is like a treasure ...glad to follow you!!

Vardhini said...

Vibrant click and yummy dish. Thx for linking.


fnfan said...

Hello, tried this recipe today. It was yummy!! Nice change from the regular old channa recipe. Thanks for sharing this.- Bharathi

Unknown said...

Thank you Pari for this mind blowing dish. I made this yesterday, and the whole family absolutely loved it! Being a big fan of spinach, mint leaves and coriander, we really enjoyed this.

I have credited you into my blog for this dish - please have a look when you have a moment...


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