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Feb 21, 2009

Palak poori and chole recipe

palak poori/chole Poori and chole in Indian cooking has always been a winner combination. You can checkout my recipe for authentic punjabi chole/channa masala here. The chole I made this time is a simpler and quicker version and tasted great too.
And the pooris, this time I decided to incorporate some palak/spinach for the spicier and healthy touch and of course for a change from the usual pooris. I will also try to give some tips to make soft and puffy pooris which I learned from my friends and of course from practice. The dough for making pooris should be softer and a little loose compared to that for making phulkas or chapatis. And the kneaded dough should not kept for a longer time because the longer you keep it, more the oil will be absorbed while deep frying them. So below are the ingredients for poori and chole.

Pooris
Ingredients
Wheat flour- 1 cup
Palak /spinach- 1cup
Salt to taste
Green chillies- 1or 2 chopped
Oil for deep frying

Method
Chop the spinach and boil them in a cup of water till it becomes tender. Drain the water. Add the green chillies to the spinach and grind them. Add this paste to the wheat flour along with the
salt and knead it to a soft dough.Make small balls of the dough. Heat the oil for deep frying.
Roll the balls to small circles and deep fry them.
Other tips- 1. Add a tablespoon of rava/semolina for crispiness.
2. Dip the balls in the hot oil before rolling them into circles. This ways the pooris will puff up.

Chole
Ingredients
Kabuli channa/white chick peas- 1 cup
Tea powder- 1tsp
Onion- 1 finely chopped
Tomato - 1 chopped
Potatoes- 1 cut to small pieces and cooked.
Ginger garlic green chilly paste- 2tsp
Turmeric powder- 1tsp
Red chilly powder- 1tsp
Coriander powder- 1tsp
Garam masala- 1tsp
Salt to taste
Oil- 1tsp

Method
Soak the chick peas in water overnight. Alternately you can soak them in hot water for 3 to 4 hours. Then pressure cook the chick peas adding the tea powder along with it. The chick peas should be very soft at this stage. It should get mashed when you press a pea between your fingers. Drain the water by putting them in a colander so that the tea powder gets removed along with the water.
Grind the onions and tomatoes along with the ginger garlic green chillies paste to a smooth paste. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan. Add the ground paste. Add the turmeric powder, red chilly powder ,coriander powder and garam masala along with salt and stir till everything gets mixed well. Now add the cooked chick peas and potatoes. Add a cup of water. Mix well and cover the pan. Allow to cook for around 10 minutes till the gravy thickens.
Serve hot with hot pooris.

I am sending this to Rathna of Asvadha who is hosting the "made for each other event".

37 comments:

jayasree said...

chole and poori- lovely combo.
Adding spinach is a nice idea. It makes the poori colorful and a way to sneak in green for picky eaters.

Dershana said...

I make palak parathas this way. poori and chole are indeed a good combo!

Asha said...

palak poori looks yum, great comb.

Chitra said...

nice combo..very simple chole..will try it out:)

Ann said...

Drooling soumya..what a yummy combo..real great presentation !!

Cham said...

That is a beautiful combo, I had an idea of sending puris only but not decided yet! That is a quick channa too with greenish puris!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

poori and channa are the best combo. nothing can match it... both look yummy S.

karuna said...

looks yummy.

Preety said...

ya its gr8 idea to add palak in poori to make it more healthy..aloo poori and chole poori is one the the best combos of indian cuisine..

Priya said...

Colourful, healthy n delicious palakpoori with my favourite chole..just craving for this..

Ashwini said...

Looks yummyy..Once I had made poori by adding coriander laeaves and spinach paste for a rebublic day theme..(Flag colors)Tasty..Tasty.

Soma said...

Love the idea of using green in so called deep fried pooris. Saw similar kind in Raks Kitchen too. I will do this next time, for my kids love pooris.

Adlak's tiny world said...

healthy idea of adding spincach with puri.. lovely.

Usha said...

Choley and Puri is my fave combination...looks delicious :-)

Siri said...

Puri + chole is such a classic combo and the addition of spinach makes it more flavorful and health..:)

Siri

vidhas said...

Colourful poortis. Perfect for the contest. Children will love it. Something is waiting for you sowmya.

vidhas said...

Lovley combo. Perfect for the contest. Childern will love it. Something is waiting for you Sowmya.

Valarmathi said...

Lovely combo and colorful poori. Perfect entry for he event.

srikars kitchen said...

Nice colour.. looks nice & awesome dear..

DEESHA said...

i have never eaten palak poori .. looks yummy

Laavanya said...

This is such a favorite combination.. the green pooris must make it fascinating for kids too.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Lovely pori recipe. Looks so good. YUM!. Pori in a healthy way....

Swapna Pravin said...

Wow! healthy puris with delicious chola. Lovely combination.

Vibaas said...

have never tried palak pooris. they look yum. chole looks yum too :)

Uj said...

Palak poori with chole.. yummy combination

LG said...

Mini pooris with palak looks delicious Sowmya. MY son would definitley love to have it :)

Varunavi said...

Loved the combination of palak puris and chole.I make palak paratha,but never did palak puri,will try out.
U have a lovely blog

sriharivatsan said...

Beautiful combo sowmya..I have never tried but tasted once..I am going to try this soon...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Never got the idea of adding greens in poori. Love it. Combo looks yum.

Premyscakes said...

great combo, i too liked this combination.

Uma said...

mmm. palak puri looks so colorful and yummy! Chole is my most fav. with puris. Lovely combo.

Nithya Praveen said...

Lovely combo.Never thot of making palak poori...will try this out.

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Yummy Yum! poori chole, lovely combo Sowmya!

Suma Rajesh said...

looks good..plzz pass me ur platter..i cannot wait for long..

Divya Kudua said...

Palak poori looks delicious,great idea to make it green without using any artificial food coloring.I love poori chole too and palak poori definitely sounds like a must try!!

notyet100 said...

combo looks yummy...:-)

Vani said...

Love the color of the pooris! And puri-chole makes a fab combi

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