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Chana Kurma

| March 10, 2013 Comment

chana kurma

Chana Kurma is a delicious restaurant-style dish that you’ll love. Made with chickpeas and mixed vegetables, this spicy gravy curry tickles your palate.

Chickpeas are a wonderful addition to any meal as they provide a lot of protein and fiber along with calcium, iron, and potassium.

Servings: 4-6
Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 can of chickpeas or chana, drained (or 2 cups of chana, soaked overnight, boiled and drained)
  • 1 potato, medium-sized, boiled and peeled
  • 1 large red onion, diced fine
  • 1/2 large tomato, diced with seeds removed
  • 1/8 cup cabbage, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, julienned (medium dice)
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 4-6 green chillies, slit
  • 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2-3 tbsp cilantro leaves (coriander),
  • finely chopped for garnish
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 1/2-inch piece of cinnamon
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 3-4 cardamom, crushed pods
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream (or half and half)
  • 3 tbsp yogurt (curds)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • Salt to taste

For Masala

  • 2 tsp chana masala
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder (adjust to taste)


  1. Heat oil in a wide saute pan. Add bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, fennel seeds and ginger and fry for about a minute on high heat.
  2. Remove the bay leaves and cinnamon. (Overcooking the bay leaves and cinnamon adds a bitter taste to the dish.)
  3. Add onions and saute until brown and translucent.
  4. Add bell pepper, cabbage, and green chillies, and saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Mix all the masala powders, and add to the curry. Stir for about a minute.
  6. Add cream, yogurt, and coconut milk. Let it come to a boil.
  7. Reduce the heat to medium, and add salt and 1/4 cup of water. If you want more gravy, add a little more water.
  8. Mash the boiled potato and add it to the chana kurma along with the chickpeas or chana.
  9. Simmer until the gravy thickens to the desired consistency.
  10. Garnish with cilantro leaves and lemon wedges.
  11. Serve the chana kurma hot with paratha, poori, chapathi or rice.

Category: Bean Recipes, Vegan Gravy Curry Recipes, Vegetarian Gravy Curry Recipes

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