Cook's Hideout: Green Chole with Coconut milk

September 23, 2009

Green Chole with Coconut milk

First let me thank all of you for your wishes and blessings for my little prince on his birthday. He had a great time with cupcake party in his day care and a small carrot cake at home with his dad and me.
Coming to the recipe, I know it is a strange name for a dish. But I didn’t want to say Swiss Chard-Spinach Chole, so I shrunk it to just Green Chole. This curry has all of my favorite ingredients: Chole (chickpeas/ garbanzo beans), Swiss chard (which I’m not sure why I don’t use more often), of course Spinach and Coconut milk. It’s a very simple curry dish, but is packed with nutrition and deliciousness.

I love using coconut milk in curries and dals. It gives any dish a slightly sweetish, mellow flavor and creamy texture. I always keep couple of cans of coconut milk, both low-fat and regular and coconut milk powder in my fridge. For dals and curries that only need a little bit, I use the milk powder instead of opening the whole can. I use the cans for making coconut milk based gravies and sauces.

Chole – 1 16oz. can, drained and rinsed thoroughly or dry beans, soaked and cooked
Swiss Chard – 1 bunch, washed and chopped finely (about 4 cups)
Spinach – ½ bunch, washed and finely chopped (about 2-3 cups)
Onion – 1 medium, chopped
Green chili – 1 (optional)
Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
Coconut milk – ½ cup (I mixed 3tsp coconut milk powder in ½ cup water)
Chole masala – 1tsp
Ground Cumin – 1tsp
Red chili powder – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Salt – to taste
  • Heat 2tsp oil in a sauté pan; add cumin seeds and after they splutter add onions and garlic; sauté until onions turn translucent.
  • Add all the powders & salt; sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Add chopped greens and chole, cover and cook till the greens are completely wilted, about 7-8 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk and ½ cup of water; cook uncovered for another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat; serve with rice or roti.


  1. I use coconut milk in various recipes. Never used in chole.
    This looks yummy!!

  2. An interesting combo packed with nutrition, what else do u want. To be honest I have not tasted swiss chard but spinach and garbanzo makes a great combo and an addition of coconut milk must have made the curry creamier.

  3. I adore swiss chard...its a great idea to combine it with chickpeas!

  4. Looks very tempting. Very appetizing.

  5. Chole looks so yummy. Tempting pics as usual.

  6. Chole looks so yummy. Tempting pics as usual.

  7. Delicious chole dish, such a delecatble dish!

  8. Very flavorful dish and a new combination to me :)

  9. Just sometime back one of my friends told me she uses coconut milk in chole. I must try this. I am a huge fan of greens in chhole. It tastes awesome!

  10. Your green chole looks and sounds so good, Pavani. So healthy too.
    About your question on miso, you can add it to pesto, soup, in salad dressings, in sandwiches...just about anywhere you'd want some flavor. Your imagination's the limit. You can find a few recipes that use miso on my blog here:
    Hope that helps :)

  11. Protein and calcium in one shot, good :)

  12. I am huge fan of Chickpeas and spinach..Your dish looks super delicious!

  13. chole is always a hit at home..but never tried it out with coconut milk..sounds good


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