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Easy Chana Masala with Coconut | Chana Kurma | Chickpeas Curry Recipe

One big favourite of mine from the legume family is Chickpeas. I simply love it in a pulao or curry or even as a sundal (stir-fry). I have posted Chickpeas Pulao and Chickpeas Sundal earlier, so I felt the urge to post a Chickpeas Coconut Curry/ Channa Kurma (with coconut and tomato). That said my husband on the other had does not love like chickpeas in any form. He does not find it interesting or even appetizing to eat...sign... So now you know why chickpeas does not appear on the blog frequently. But I do have days where I want to have what I want to have and made this Kurma just for myself, yes your read it right ;-) I made this kurma with a handful of Chickpeas and there are no words to describe how happy I really was enjoying it all alone ;-) food does make me happy!


Recipe Source~ Own
Serves ~ 2 generously
Prep & cook time ~ 25 mins
Serving suggestion ~ Roti, chappti or white rice


Channa/ Chickpeas - 1/2 cup, soaked overnight & pressure cooked for 5 hisses 
Onion - 1 large, chopped fine
Tomato - 2 large purred
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Shredded coconut - 5 tbsp
Oil - 3 tsp
Cinnamon - 1"stick
Bay leaf - 1
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 2
Fennel seeds - 2 tsp
Coriander leaf - to garnish
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/3 tsp
Salt - to taste


  • Soak chickpeas/channa overnight and pressure cook with 2 cups water along with salt for 5 hisses. Let the pressure gradually reduce and set aside
  • In a wide non stick pan heat oil, add the whole spices one by one - bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom, let it fry fro few seconds you will get a lovely aroma.
  • Now add the chopped onions and saute for 2 minutes until it gets translucent. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell goes
  • Now add the spice powders except garam masala and saute for 10 seconds, now add the pureed tomato and mix well. Let this boil for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup water and bring this to a boil. Add the drained chickpeas and mix well, as it boils prepare the paste of coconut and fennel seeds
  • Add the paste to the curry and let it cook for 4 minutes, check for salt and spices
Serve hot with chappati or rice

Cooks Wisdom

- Make sure the chickpeas are soft and well cooked before adding to the curry, I prefer soaking the chickpeas overnight and later pressure cooking them compared to store bought tinned ones
- Make sure the coconut paste is nice and smooth, adding fennel adds additional flavour so do not miss to add them


  1. Hi priya, lovely and simple kurma which can be done by all. Perfect side dish for bhatura.

  2. Very tempting and delicious kurma.

  3. My favourite kurma after egg kurma, can have it even with some bread slices..

  4. Lol...sometimes u need to cook what u need...I don't cook what I hate, so my hubby goes and buy Karela/ bitter gourd and cooks it for himself as I don't cook it for him ...

  5. very very delicious kurma wat really R doesn't like garbanzo beans ??? Gud thing that you made for yourself and also now sharing with so many people like us :) they are making me hungry now !! :)

  6. Hi Priya , I have always loved chickpeas.....thank you for sharing your receipe

  7. Hi Priya , Thank you for sharing your receipe.

  8. as always loved your clicks...they are tempting and appealing priya!!

  9. Yummy channa masala.... awesome recipe..

  10. Lovely and delicious looking chikpea curry. Must have tasted wonderfully well.

  11. Lovely clicks n wonderful recipe :)

  12. Delicious and flavorful kurma.

  13. i have never made curry with chana...i have stocks in fridge i should try

  14. Delicious kurma..nice presentation and click love it

  15. chick peas r my fav but adding coconut is new to me..vl try n i think this goes well vth rotis.

  16. Yummy Yummy !! Delicious Channa masala Very Nice..

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