5 from 3 votes
Chana Makhani
Chana Makhani with Greens
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Curry
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 167 kcal
Author: Vaishali
  • 1 cup green or regular chickpeas. Soak overnight and cook until tender. You can also substitute with canned chickpeas.
  • 3 cups of frozen spinach. Place the greens in a microwave-safe bowl, add a couple of tablespoons of water, and microwave for five minutes. Set aside.
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1- inch knob of ginger, julienned
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked in water for 30 minutes, then blended into a smooth paste with 1/2 cup water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  1. Heat the oil.
  2. Add the mustard seeds and fennel seeds. When the mustard sputters, add the ginger and garlic, saute for a few seconds, then add the onions and the bay leaves.
  3. Add a generous pinch of salt and saute on a medium-low flame until the onion turns translucent.
  4. Add the cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, green chillies, and turmeric. Stir well.
  5. Add the cooked greens. mix well, and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat and cook for five minutes. Let it cool a little and then transfer to a blender and blend into a smooth paste. Be very careful handling the hot mixture. If you have an immersion blender, this is good time to break it out.
  6. Add the greens paste back to the pan with the cooked chickpeas. Turn on the heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Add water if it's too dry. Add the cashew cream, the lemon juice, and salt to taste.
  7. Serve hot with rice or phulkas.
Nutrition Facts
Chana Makhani with Greens
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167
% Daily Value*
Dietary Fiber 5.6g 22%
Protein 6.9g 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.