Spinach Chickpeas – Palak Chana Rice

June was remarkably a busy month for me, inviting friends, attending many dinners, visit to Finnish summer cottage, so it was plenty of cooking, five cake baking in a row and work at office, was the reason why I had been away from blog baby. Tried three new cake recipes will post hopefully soon. I know I have to get updated from people in blogosphere, waiting for the weekend to do that. So here is the recipe for the week, chickpea spinach rice, very simple and healthy one. Hope you will enjoy!

Three beautiful spices

Baby Spinach

My porcelain Princess shoe, new kitchen accessory  – cooked chickpeas


Grated Coconut

Carrot flowers and curls

I enjoyed :)

( Note: Since I wanted chickpeas beautiful and perfect for photo-shoot, I was conscious in taking it out soon from the pot, though it was just fine, would have bit better if it was more soft )

75 – 100  gram fresh spinach leaves
2 green chilies
1 large onion (sliced)
2 tbsp of oil
1 to 1.5 inch cinnamon stick
4 to 5  cloves
2 to 3 cardamom
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 tbsp of grated coconut
100 gram chickpeas ( soaked and cooked or canned chick peas)
200 gram basmathi rice ( soaked for 30 minutes before cooking)
300 to 400 ml of water ( you can add more depending on the rice)
Salt to taste


Grind clean spinach and green chilies into smooth paste and set it aside
In a deep heavy bottom pot, warm 2 tbsp of oil, add cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Wait for 30 to 45 seconds then add sliced onions. Fry onions till they are transparent or light brown.  Add ginger garlic paste fry for 45 seconds. Now add in spinach chili paste. Fry till the oil separates out, add cooked chickpeas, mix well  Add grated coconut, fry for 30 seconds. Next add in soaked rice and fry for another 2 minutes, then mix salt. Pour in water and cook till the rice is cooked. Serve with curd or rita. I garnished the food with carrot curls and flower, check this video if you want to learn  carrot curls  and  carrot flowers


  1. divi says:

    Ananda you always blow me away with ur photograpy..pics are awesome.Mu hubby always tells me presentation of food always takes you to the next level….you r awwesome with presentation too….go girl….keep rocking and inspirirng me

  2. Ananda Rajashekar says:

    @Nisha glad you found it interesting, wonderful do try :)

    @Maija, how nice, don’t forget to let me know when u cook, ha ha, it was so cutie that i wanted in my blog pic 😛

    @Divi Thank you very much. This inspires me for more good updates, mutual benefits :)

    @Sanchita ya i know they are bit tricky, hope u too will enjoy, thanks :)

  3. 5am Foodie says:

    Hi Ananda. I’ve been wondering where you’d got to. Nice to see you back!

    This looks very nice, and like something my family would like. Do you have it on its own, or with something else?

  4. Choclette says:

    This looks delicious. We’ve got loads of orach (a very nice spinach substitute) growing in our plot so it’s great to have another recipe to make from it – thank you. Such beautiful decorations too.

  5. Sourav says:

    D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S !

    Have been a big fan of Sanchita’s cooking blog. Just the first time here, and I am impressed! No, I don’t cook except for maggi but I am a food lover! :)

    PS – Please categorize Veg/Non Veg dishes, it will help the readers. I am a veggie too!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love what you men are usually up too. This kind of clever work and reporting! Keep up the great functions guys I’ ve added you men to my blogroll, Cheers.

  7. Ananda Rajashekar says:

    Thanks Sourav, I too started my cooking career with Maggie, so sounds like a good start :) Sure keep that in mind will work on it, but i have recipe index where i have sorted out veg, non veg and rest of the recipes :) hope it helps the veggies.

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