Chana saag Kofta – Steamed chickpea greens dumplings in gravy

‘Chane ka saag’ = Chickpea greens, are the tender leafy shoot of the chickpea bush/ plant.

It is usually found in the markets during the mid to end of the winter months. In Delhi markets it is a rarity. But I do a resourceful local grocer who obliges me every winter with some off -beat vegetables and fruits. πŸ˜‰

I find it a tad bit sad, due to over commercialization of agriculture, farmers are gradually shifting towards cash crops. Such kind of off -beat vegetables and leafy greens are systematically getting replaced with laboratory developed seeds and crops which are produced on mass scale with only one aim, maximum profit. :/

I make it a point of cooking and creating uncommon recipes, not only for nostalgic value, but also for the benefit of my kid. I want her to rooted and acquainted with our tradition – and food happens to be an important part of tradition. πŸ™‚

Presenting here today is another traditional dish, majorly from rural and small town India where this leafy green is more easily accessible and available – Chane saag Kofta/ Steamed chickpea greens dumplings in gravy.

chana saag kofta / steamed chickpea greens dumplings in gravy

chana saag kofta / steamed chickpea greens dumplings in gravy

Here’s what I did………….


For the kofta /dumplings :

120 grams – chickpea greens / chane ka saag

1/2 tsp – garlic paste

1 tsp – ginger paste

1/4 tsp – tumeric powder

1/2 tsp – finely chopped green chili

pinch of carom seeds

chickpea flour – as required

curd/yogurt – as required

salt to taste

For the gravy :

1 cup – tomato puree

1 tsp – cumin powder

1 tsp – tumeric powder

1 1/2 tsp – yellow mustard powder

1/4 tsp – garam masala

1 tbsp – oil

1 tsp – clarified butter / ghee

1 1/2 cup – water

pinch of asafoetida / hing

pinch of fenugreek seeds

salt to taste


Soak the chickpea greens in a pan full of water for 15 mins. This will help the any soil or dust to settle into the water. Rinse the greens well. Atleast thrice. Drain it out in a large strainer or colander for 10 -15 mins.

chane ka saag / chickpea greens

chane ka saag / chickpea greens

Once drained, chop them roughly. Mix together the chopped green and all other ingredients listed under ‘For the dumplings’. Add chickpea flour /besan and curd, as required. Knead it into dough that holds the greens well and one can make a ball /dumpling of it.

raw dumplings

dumplings ready for steaming

Grease a container and place the dumplings in it. Steam the dumplings in a pressure cooker to 1 whistle. One can steam it in an ‘idli’ maker for 8 -10 mins.

dumplings after steaming

dumplings after steaming

Cool the dumplings.

Heat oil in a pan and saute the dumplings to light brown. Drain them out on absorbent paper.

Temper the remaining oil with asafoetida and fenugreek seeds. add the tomato puree and the spices, except garam masala. Fry till oil releases. Add water and salt to taste. Cover and cook till the gravy comes to boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 5 -6 mins. Add the dumplings and let it simmer for another 6 mins. The dumplings will swell up, so add little more water if more gravy is needed.

Heat the clarified butter /ghee, separately and add the garam masala. Take it off fire and tip this into the gravy.

Take the gravy off the fire.


Serve hot with rice or chapati.



Taking this over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #59, our weekly party !! πŸ˜€

Co -hosted by Jhuls @The Not so creative cook and Mila @milkandbun.

Lets party !! πŸ˜€

Happy cooking !! πŸ™‚

Cheers !! πŸ˜€






About andy

hi there.....friends call me Andy :) I am a school teacher by profession. Passionate about reading, some random experimental cooking, some hit 'n' miss photography......and i am a dreamer ;) Thank you for popping by :)
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30 Responses to Chana saag Kofta – Steamed chickpea greens dumplings in gravy

  1. Not the type of ingredients you would find in the states, but it looks & sound delicious. Will have to see if the restaurants have them.

  2. Didn’t know they’re edible! Did you know I planted chickpeas last year since I fell in love with green garbanzos? The whole bed just gave me two pods! I planted them too late in the season. If I knew I could eat the greens, I wouldn’t have pulled them out! Good to know! πŸ™‚

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  4. Jhuls says:

    How did you shape such perfect balls? I’ve had kofta once, but it was just plain kofta. I bet this one’s more delicious with the sauce. πŸ™‚

    • andy says:

      shaping is just about practice and minimal addition of water or any other liquid agent. About the taste, it was delicious. Thank you Jhuls πŸ™‚

  5. I am learning so much. I would never have even thought about how chickpeas are grown let alone using their greens! This dish looks simple to make and totally delicious!

  6. Loretta says:

    These look just fantastic, but where does one find chickpea greens? So healthy and flavorful, I’d loved to have tried making them.

  7. I also had no idea about chickpea greens – thanks for highlighting them in this delicious sounding recipe – when I saw your name on it, I knew that it would be a good one! Happy Fiesta Friday!

  8. apsara says:

    Chana ke saag, that is new to me! I love your idea of feeding the kids traditional meals.

  9. Lovely recipe, Anindita. I never knew Chane ka Saag was cooked. I will ask my bhaji-wala if he can get me some. If not, do you think I could use Methi?

  10. This is absolutely new to me and it sounds very tasty, Andy πŸ™‚

  11. Totally loved it! πŸ™‚

  12. milkandbun says:

    The dish looks so hearty and delicious, Andy! You made perfect round shape- just wow! I’d like to dip in that gravy some bread as well. Never used asafoetida before, can I substitute it or just omit?
    Happy Fiesta Friday! Hope you are having fun!

  13. petra08 says:

    I love anything green and your dumplings sounds so good. The gravy looks amazing. It looks like a great and wholesome dinner!

  14. Rob Alberts says:

    Looks like a very tasty vegetarian dish!

    Kind regards,

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