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Channa Kurma recipe | Side dish for chapathi

by Jeyashri suresh
Channa Kurma recipe
Kurma is an excellent side dish for chapathi, poori, kuska biryani or parotta. I have posted peas kurma, paneer korma and many other kurma recipes. Generally at my place kurma is preferred less compared to channa masala.  Channa kurma | Chickpeas kurma, i have tried few months back and it was liked by every one at home. So after coming back from my vacation, i tried this kurma again. I have posted this channa kurma recipe with a quick video and step wise pictures too. Try this South Indian version of Channa masala at home and let me know how it turned out.

Channa kurma recipe

  Preparation Time : 10 mins+8hrs soaking time | Cooking Time : 20 Mins |Serves: 4-5

     Channa | white channa 1 cup
     Oil  1 tsp
     Onion  1
     Tomato  1
     Mint leaves  5-6
     Red chili powder  1 tsp
     Salt  as needed
     Coriander leaves  few
  To grind
   Cashew nuts 7-8
   Stone flower| kalpaasi  1 small bit
   Fennel seeds (sombu)  1 tsp
   Coconut  1 tblsp

                                                   Video of how to make kurma


Channa- kurma


  • Soak channa in water for 8 hours or over night.
  • Finely chop the onion and tomato.
  • Soak the cashew nuts in warm water for 10 minutes.
  • Grind the cashew nuts, stone flower,fennel seeds and coconut into a fine paste. Add little water while grinding.
channa kurma 2
  • In a pressure cooker add oil and add the mint leaves.
  • Add the onions and saute for a few minutes in a low flame.
  • Add in the tomatoes and saute for a minute.
channa kurma 3
  • Add the red chili powder and salt.
  • Mix well.
channa kurma 4
  • Drain water from the soaked channa and add it to the cooker.
  • Mix well .
channa kurma 5
  • Add the ground paste to this and add 1 to 1 and 1/2 cup of water.
  • Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.
channa kurma 6
  • Once the pressure is released, mix well and add little water if needed to adjust the consistency.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
channa kurma 7
  • Serve hot with chapathi or poori.
Chickpeas kurma
  1. Instead of red chili powder you can add green chili while grinding the masala.
  2. Adding mint leaves gives nice flavour, so do not omit this.
  3. Instead of cashew nuts you can add1 tsp of  roasted gram |pottukadalai

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Harini Rama Suresh July 13, 2017 - 12:53 am

Thanks for the recipe Jeyashri. I've always wanted to try Channa with a south Indian flavor. Will try this and let you know.

jeyashri suresh July 28, 2017 - 10:52 am

Sure, let me know how you liked it.

Harini Rama August 15, 2017 - 6:07 pm

I have already done this 3 times. I use canned Chana and cook for 1 whistle. ?

Vidya Iyer July 17, 2017 - 6:00 pm

Dear jeyashri.. I follow your recipes closely.. This was extremely tasty. I dont like the punjabi style chole much due to the strong spices tgis was fab..Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe..

jeyashri suresh July 28, 2017 - 10:57 am

Thank you vidhya, Glad to know that you liked it.


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