Palak Chicken | Spinach Chicken is a chicken preparation made with Spinach puree and Indian Spices . It is a hearty, healthy and outrageously delicious dish with goodness of spinach . Like most of the chicken dishes ,this too is an onion tomato base gravy with extra addition of spinach puree. The earthy flavours of spinach along with chicken and spices makes it more delicious.

Palak Chicken

Pairing Chicken : It’s a known fact that chicken is a complete protein . But chicken lacks fiber , so it’s always a good idea to eat lots of salad while having any non vegetarian food. To improve the nutritional values, its important to pair meat with veggies. Hence meat is always paired with veggies either in salad or sauteed form in most of the countries. Cooking meat in greens improves its fibrous portion making it more nutritious.

Variations to the Dish : To give a rich taste and nutty flavour , cashew paste can be used . Also cream can be added to make it more rich and also to give that restaurant finish. But here I have used curds to keep the calories in check . Also I have used both oil and clarified butter to cook . For more delicious and rich taste , you can use only desi ghee / clarified butter. Mutton can also be cooked similarly , but cooktime varies. With these minute changes , there will be slight change in taste but everything tastes good.

Other similar chicken recipes on blog are : Chicken Sukka , Coriander Chicken gravy , Pepper Chicken and Chicken Ghee roast.

RECIPE CARD FOR PALAK MURGH

Palak Chicken | Spinach Chicken Curry
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Palak Chicken is a outrageously delicious chicken curry made with Spinach Puree and Whole Spices.

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chicken, Curries
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 187 kcal
Author: Muktha
Ingredients
  • 750 grams Chicken ,skinless
  • 500 grams Palak / Spinach ,about 2 cups puree
  • 3-4 no's Green Chilli ,mild spice
  • 2 no's Onions, medium size
  • 6-8 no Garlic Cloves
  • 1 1/2 inch Ginger
  • 3 no's Tomatoes Large
  • 1.5 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1.5 Tbsp Ghee / Clarified Butter
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp` Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 Tsp Jeera / Cumins Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Yoghurt/Curds or cashew paste
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Salt or as required
  • 1 Tbsp Lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Coriander seeds
Whole Spices
  • 2 no Bay leaf
  • 1/2 Tsp BlackPeppercorns
  • 2 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 5 no Cloves
  • 4-5 no Green Cardamoms
  • 1-2 no Black Cardamom
  • 2 Mace strands
Instructions
Preparations:
  1. Clean wash and keep chicken aside in a colander for excess water to drip off.

  2. Clean and wash Palak/spinach leaves and set aside.

  3. Bring water to rolling boiling and add palak and green chillies . Turn off the heat. Let it sit for a 5 minutes.

  4. With the help of tongs remove spinach , green chillies and into cold water ,allow it for 5 minutes.Drain water and keep spinach leaves aside.

  5. Add spinach and green chillies into a blender / mixer and make puree to get about 2 cups and set aside.

  6. Take 2 big onions,cut it quarterly, add into blender/mixer and make fine paste without adding water.

  7. Make ginger garlic paste from from 6-8 garlic cloves and 1 1/2 inch ginger, keep it aside.

  8. Blend 2 large tomatoes in a blender/mixer to get 1 cup puree.

For Making Gravy:
  1. Heat oil and ghee in a kadai , add all the whole spices and saute till spices leaves aroma in oil.

  2. Add prepared onion paste and fry well for 5 minutes on medium heat .

  3. Now add in ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell goes off , let the onion ginger garlic paste turn light brown.

  4. Add chicken pieces and mix well with onion,ginger garlic paste and cook for 5 minutes.

  5. Now add turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp salt ,mix well everything.

  6. Close the kadai/pan ,with a lid and cook chicken till raw smell goes off and its water dries up.

  7. Now add tomato puree, mix well everything .

  8. Add chilli powder , coriander powder , jeera powder and garam masala , mix well everything.Let this be cooking on medium heat.

  9. Add 1/4 cup whisked curds and mix well everything. Continue to cook for 5 more minutes such that everything gets well incorporated .

  10. Add spinach puree , blender rinsed water about 3/4 cup ,stir in everything.

  11. Once spinach puree is well mixed with chicken ,add in 1/2- 3/4 tsp of salt .

  12. Cover and cook till it starts to bubble.

  13. Open the lid , turn off the heat , add lemon juice from half lemon. Garnish with coriander leaves.

  14. Serve it hot along with Steamed Rice or Roti.

Recipe Notes
  • You can add either curds or add cashew paste made from 10 soaked cashews
  • Can exclude adding water and make a semi coated  thick chicken gravy.

Step by Step Directions for making of Palak Chicken :

Preparations:

Clean and wash Palak/spinach leaves and set aside.

Bring water to rolling boiling and add palak and green chillies . Turn off the heat. Let it sit for a 5 minutes.

palak murgh

With the help of tongs remove spinach , green chillies and into cold water ,allow it for 5 minutes.Drain water and keep spinach leaves aside.

palak murgh

Add spinach and green chillies into a blender / mixer and make puree .Set aside.

palak murgh

Take 2 medium size onions,cut it quarterly, add into blender/mixer and make fine paste without adding water, to get half cup onion paste.

palak chicken

Make ginger garlic paste from from 6-8 garlic cloves and 1 1/2 inch ginger, keep it aside.

palak chicken

Blend 2-3 large tomatoes in a blender/mixer to get 1 cup  tomato puree.

palak chicken

Keep all the whole spices ,ready.

Palak Chicken
For Making Gravy: 

Heat oil and ghee in a kadai , add all the whole spices and saute till spices leaves aroma.

palak chicken

Add prepared onion paste and fry well for 5 minutes on medium heat .

palak chicken

Now add in ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell goes off , let the onion ginger garlic paste turn light brown.

palak chicken

Add chicken pieces and mix well with onion,ginger garlic paste and cook for 5 minutes.

palak chicken

Now add turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp salt ,mix well everything.

palak chicken

Close the kadai/pan ,with a lid and cook chicken till raw smell goes off and its water dries up.

palak chicken

Now add tomato puree, mix well everything .

palak chicken

Add chilli powder , coriander powder , jeera powder and garam masala , mix well everything.Let this be cooking on medium heat.

palak chicken

Add 1/2 cup whisked curds and mix well everything. Continue to cook for 5 more minutes such that everything gets well incorporated .

palak chicken

Add spinach puree , blender rinsed water about 1/2 cup ,stir in everything.

palak chicken

Once spinach puree is well mixed with chicken ,add in 1/2- 3/4 tsp of salt .

palak chicken

Cover and cook till it starts to bubble.

palak chicken

Open the lid , turn off the heat , add lemon juice from half lemon. Garnish with coriander leaves.

palak chicken

Serve it hot along with Steamed Rice or Roti.

palak chicken
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