December 9, 2009

Chickpeas with Spinach

There are some books which evoke such nice feelings in you that you wanna go back and read them again and again...and again.. One such book is 'Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant', which is a collection of essays from many renowned foodie people who basically open up and talk about what would they do cook when they are absolutely alone. It can be quite challenging and boring, I must say to cook just for oneself and this book says it all - it has many funny moments.. where you just laugh-out-loud and think what would you do then.. if you were them!

... sometimes it feels nice to know that there are people out there who most of the times enjoy and sometimes loathe to cook - just for themselves...

Today's recipe is something I made just out of a whim.. not as elaborate as our Indian version of 'Chana Palak'.. just a quickie version of that.. but equally yummy and tasty...Enjoy!

Chickpeas with Spinach


1 can of chickpeas, rinsed
1 bag of fresh spinach
1 medium onion, finely chopped
a very small ginger piece, very finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp olive oil
salt - to taste
1/8 tsp turmeric
1 tsp amchur powder (raw mango powder)
1/2 tsp chilli powder


1. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. Saute ginger and chopped onions until golden brown.

2. Add chickpeas and cook for about 2-3 mins. Add turmeric, salt, amchur and chilli powder. Mix well and let the flavors blend in together.

3. Finally add spinach and mix & cook for 3-5 mins on medium-low flame, covered until wilted. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve hot as side dish with rice or bread.

I am sending this recipe as an entry to My Legume Love Affair 18, this month guest hosted by Srivalli. Originally the idea for this event was conceived by Susan of 'The Well-Seasoned Cook'.

Hope you are all gearing up for the upcoming holidays!

P.S: Just ONE day left, if you wish to vote for my blog @ Indibloggies 2008 awards for 'Best Food Indiblog' category . Click here for more details.


  1. For me, it's not so much that I hate to cook just for myself. It's just that Iam too lazy to cook for one person.

  2. Looks real tasty Siri;)Well, this made me so hungry that I could not stop from commenting..Will give you a call!!

  3. Chickpeas and spinach sound like a yummy combo. Great to see u back Siri!

  4. You know, I had this dish recently at a restaurant with my husband snickering about how Indian restaurants in the US have changed the idea of authentic Indian food :)

    Lovely, lovely combination. Full of nutrients!

  5. Dear Siri,

    Just for a change, I am hosting a fun Event in my site about Kitchen Mishaps!

    Please check it out:

    Would you like to participate?

    I will greatly appreciate your contribution.

    Also I want to know, How do I approach you for getting this 'announcement' in ur events n roundup blog. Please let me know the details.

    Malar Gandhi

  6. Siri channa Palak looks absolutely delcious. Thanks for visiting our blog and leaving your comments. Looking forward for your entry to the event.


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