Palak Murgh

I haven’t been a big fan of Spinach, either in salad or as curries since childhood, and my hubby also somehow falls into the same category. But because of its high nutrient value especially in the Iron content, I make it a point to regularly prepare and serve spinach in different forms each time. Out of all those, this curry is most loved by everyone in my house and gets finished in a jiffy. So, I thought of sharing it here with you all.

Palak Murgh – Chicken with Spinach curry

It is a simple curry which can be prepared very quickly and I love to enjoy it with Parathas, but I also sometimes, like today, like to have it with Basmati Chawal and Khatti Dal. Spinach is very good for health, especially for anaemic girls, and it combination with boneless breast pieces of Chicken makes it all the more nutritious.

Well, Speaking of Girls. I recently watched the movie ‘Chak De‘ with my miya and I enjoyed every bit of it. It is very beautifully directed, and I never felt bored for a single minute. For all those of you who haven’t yet seen that movie, go watch it!

Here goes the Recipe, Enjoy.

Palak Murgh – Chicken With Spinach curry


Boneless Chicken Pieces – 250 gms, cut into 2 cm cubes (you can also use chicken meat with bone)
Black Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Dried Red chillies – 2, eacg split in half and seeds shaken out
Fresh or Frozen Chopped Spinach – 300 gms
Onions – 1, large, thinly sliced
Garam Masala – 1 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 /4 tsp
Salt – 2 tsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Tomato Paste – 1 tbsp
Canola Oil – 1 tbsp
Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 1/3 tsp


Pour oil into a heavy bottomed pan at medium heat and throw in the black cumin seeds and the dried red chillies. Once they start to splutter, add the sliced onions and stir fry until lightly browned. Add the ginger-garlic paste and mix well. Fry for 3 more minutes. Now add the chicken pieces and stir fry them gently until opaque and no longer pink. Add the frozen spinach and a cup of water and close the lid. Let it cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Later, open the lid and add the garam masala, red chilli powder, salt, turmeric. Mix well. Drop in the tomato paste and mix well (you can also add 1 large chopped red tomato instead of the paste). Pour in another cup of water and let it cook for another 8 minutes, stirring it occasionally. Once the chicken is done, and you get the consistency you like, remove from heat and serve hot immediately.

Suggested Accompaniments: We savor this dish along with Rotis or Basmati Chawal and Khatti Dal for a meal.


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19 Responses to “Palak Murgh”

  1. This sounds great! Can you use fresh spinach instead?

  2. i love green curries.. and spinach anything 🙂

  3. Mona..that sounds wonderful…title made me think that it is mint or coriander chicken..never made with spinach..will try it sometime..thanks for sharing…and yes I have been planning to watch chakde..but hubby is not for it as he said there are so many with the same theme!…:((

  4. We make that too, I love it, I also love palak with mung dal or chana. Great pic.

  5. Looks delicious. Perfect combo of greens and protein. I will try, thanks Mona!:))

  6. The chicken dish looks delicious. I have never made chicken with spinach.

  7. I LOVE spinach!!!! My mom always has me make some for her when she is sick…she says it helps her get better faster. Your spinach looks really good, I would love to try it!!!

  8. I make spinach chicken too! Looks yummy!

  9. Hey Mona I love this dish it looks and sounds fantastic! I am not a spinach lover either(nor my hubby). I too like the idea of cooking it for health reasons but your recipe looks and sounds so delicious that I must give it a try. I will let you know how it goes Mona yummy. 🙂

  10. Your recipe sounds quite simple and easy. I make it differently; we don’t seem to have a problem with spinach in our house. Everyone here loves spinach in any form that I make 🙂

  11. oh wow, I make spinach and lamb combo, but not with chicken. This recipe sounds delicous!

  12. I’m actually going to be making Murgh hariyali in a few days too…but my version uses lots of cilantro to give the green color 🙂

  13. Hi Mona I have tagged you on my blog. Thanks Jeena 🙂

  14. Mona, I, on the other hand, have always loved spinach and I really like what you have done with this dish. We cook it this way too 🙂

  15. simpleanddelicious Says:

    I was about to post my green chicken curry, 😀
    Waiting to take a good photo..

    this looks sooo good and healthy too..

  16. The palak chicken really looks good Mona. It will really taste very good even if you do it with sarson ka saag.

  17. Assalamu-alaikum Mona,
    First of all Eid Mubarak!
    Coming to the point, I can’t see the picture on this recipe anymore! Is there anyway you can upload it again? Thanks!
    P.S: I’m still waiting on your answer for Tahari…but please, take your time. I’m sure you’re busy, what with eid celebrations and all 🙂

  18. Assalaamalaykum Mona,
    Mona it looks in the above method of cooking u missed Ginger Garlic Paste when to use it…….
    anyhow its good, apreciate ur hardwork thanks.

    WaAlaiKumAsSalaam brother Abdul, I apologize for the typo. ~Mona

  19. Hey Mona,

    Can’t tell u how much I like your website. I have my roots in kashmir but based out of US. We dont have any traditional chicken dishes but we do a similar palak-lamb. I just fixed ur recipe for lunch today..I am sure my husband is gonna love it..tks for the wonderful and authentic site. I request, would it be possible for u to bifurcate the index or somehow include a list of quick and easy recipe’s ?

    Aanya, Thanks for the appreciation. I am working on a new category- ‘Quick fix meals’ in the left sidebar. Do check back soon. ~Mona

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