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Chana Saag Balti

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Veggie Baltis can be amazing. Take this chana saag Balti for example!

Almost everyone loves a good Balti. They’re delicious and taste amazing served with hot naans.

Make this chana saag balti and you will get to enjoy one of the most popular veggie Baltis around.

Even if you enjoy your meat, you won’t miss it here! Chana saag Balti is not only tasty, it’s cheap, quick and easy to make.

You won’t miss the meat.

Chana saag balti

You can whip this up in minutes. It tastes just like the chana saag Baltis you get at the best Balti houses.

Forward preparation for chana saag balti

There isn’t really much to do to prepare this chana saag Balti recipe.

Chop some onion and spinach, get your spices together and heat up that base sauce.

That’s it. Simple.


The Base Sauce

Although it is possible to make a Balti without a base sauce, they taste much more authentic if you use one.

Here is one of my recipes. It takes about an hour to make but it makes a lot.

You can keep it in the fridge for at least three days and it also freezes really well.

Other variations

Chana saag Balti, as popular as it is, can be pimped up if you want.

Try adding some cubed potato or mushrooms. If it sounds good, it will be.

Step by step instructions

Melting ghee in a Balti Bowl

Melt the ghee over medium-high heat and stir in the cumin seeds.

Adding onions to pan

Infuse the cumin seeds in the ghee for about 20 second and then add the chopped onion.

Frying onions

Fry the onion in the ghee for about three minutes and then stir in the chillies.

Adding the ground spices

Add the ground spices to the Balti bowl and stir well to combine.

Adding tomato puree

Add the tomato puree and give it all a good stir.

Adding the base sauce

Add about half the base sauce and bring to a simmer. You can add more as needed.

Adding the spinach

With the sauce simmering, stir in the spinach.

Adding chickpeas

Add the chickpeas and stir well.

Stir in the tomatoes

Stir in the tomatoes and get them right into the sauce.

Stir in the fenugreek leaves and vinegar

To finish, stir in the vinegar and fenugreek leaves.

If you like this Balti recipe, you might like to try some of these too…


Aubergine Balti
Balti Dhal Fry
Chicken Balti
Chicken Balti no base sauce

Chana saag balti

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Chana Saag Balti

Chana saag balti
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 tbsp ghee or rapeseed (canola) oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 onion - finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies - finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp mixed powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 300ml (1 1/4 cups) base curry sauce
  • 1 large handful of chopped spinach
  • 225g (1/2 lb) tinned chickpeas
  • 1 tomato - quartered
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat the oil or ghee in a Balti bowl or similar over medium high heat. When hot, stir in the cumin seeds and let them infuse into the oil for about 20 seconds.
  2. Stir in the chopped onion and fry for about 3 minutes or until soft and translucent.
  3. Add the chillies followed by the ground spices and stir well to combine.
  4. Now add the tomato puree and about half of the base sauce. Bring this to a simmer.
  5. Add the spinach and chickpeas and stir this into the sauce. Simmer for a further three minutes and then add the quartered tomato.
  6. To finish, stir in the vinegar and methi. Season with salt to taste.

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