Sookha Kala Chana Palak – Instant Pot Spinach Chickpea

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This Sookha Kala Chana Palak – Instant Pot Spinach Chickpea recipe is slightly spicy, slightly tangy and extremely savory.   Every bite is so satisfying in this this warm, aromatic and cozy dish.

What is Kala Chana that I have used for this Sookha Kala Chana Palak – Instant Pot Spinach Chickpea recipe?

Chickpea commonly found in the US, are known as garbanzo beans, Kabuli chana or white chana. Kala chana have the same shape as the garbanzo bean but are smaller, and are brownish black in color. They are known as black chickpea or brown chickpea. They have a nutty, buttery taste and have a thick skin. It doesn’t break down quickly. It takes longer to cook as compared to its white counterpart. Even when fully cooked, it will never be as soft as other lentils or beans. Please keep that in mind while cooking it. You may think it is hard and undone, however, it is delicious.

Where can I find brown/black chickpea?

In Indian grocery stores in the bean’s aisle or on Amazon.

How do I make Sookha Kala Chana Palak – Instant Pot Spinach Chickpea?

Rinse the dried brown chickpea well. Soak them in 3 cups water overnight.

When ready to cook, rinse and chop the spinach well. Select sauté on the instant pot. Add 1 tbsp oil to the pot. When the oil is hot, add chopped spinach and let it sauté for about 2 minutes. Moreover, add in water and sauté for another minute. Stir, take the spinach out and set aside.

 

Further, rinse the pot well. Furthermore, select sauté. First add oil to the pot. When the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, and asafoetida.

When the cumin seeds begin to splutter in about 30 seconds to a minute add Kashmiri chili powder and 1/4 cup water. Give it a good stir.

Then add ground cumin, ground coriander, ground ginger, and salt. Give it a good stir. Add the chickpea and 1/2 cup water. Give it a good stir. Select cancel.

Secure the lid on the pot. Select manual and cook at high pressure for 60 minutes. When cooking is complete, use natural pressure release to depressurize.

Add garam masala, mango powder, and pomegranate powder. Further add in spinach and stir. If there is excess water, select sauté until the water reduces. Garnish with cilantro. Transfer in a serving bowl.

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Sookha Kala Chana Palak – Instant Pot Spinach Chickpea

Shilpa
This Sookha Kala Chana Palak – Instant Pot Spinach Chickpea recipe is slightly spicy, slightly tangy and extremely savory.   Every bite is so satisfying in this this warm, aromatic and cozy dish.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 2 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

For Spinach

  • 2 cups spinach, chopped and rinsed
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp oil

For Chickpea

Instructions
 

Prep

  • When ready to cook, rinse and chop the spinach well.
  • Discard the water that was used to soak the chickpea overnight.

Cook

  • Select sauté on the instant pot. Add 1 tbsp oil to the pot. When the oil is hot, add chopped spinach and let it sauté for about 2 minutes. Moreover, add in 4 tbsp water and sauté for another minute. Stir, take the spinach out and set aside.
  • Further, rinse the pot well. Select sauté. Add oil to the pot. When the oil is hot, add in cumin seeds, and asafoetida. When the cumin seeds begin to splutter in about 30 seconds to a minute add Kashmiri chili powder and 1/4 cup water. Give it a good stir.
  • Then add ground cumin, ground coriander, ground ginger, and salt. Give it a good stir. Add the chickpea and 1/2 cup water. Give it a good stir. Select cancel.
  • Secure the lid on the pot. Select manual and cook at high pressure for 60 minutes. When cooking is complete, use natural pressure release to depressurize.
  • Add garam masala, mango powder, and pomegranate powder. Further add in spinach and stir. If there is excess water, select sauté until the water reduces. Garnish with cilantro. Transfer to a serving bowl.
Keyword Brown Chickpea, Instant Pot Black Chickpea, Instant Pot Kala Chana, Instant Pot Kala Chana Palak, Instant Pot Sookha Chana, Kaala Chana Palak, Sookha Kala Chana Palak
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