Friday, January 23, 2009

White Chickpeas Curry

White chickpeas are a favorite at home, much more than the desi black chana. I have previously posted Masala Chana and Kootu Curry, both with black chickpeas. White Chickpeas Curry, as seen in the picture, is prepared very often to go with chapatis at dinner or with dosa/ puris in the morning.

To prepare, you will need:

White chickpeas - 2 cups
Tomatoes - chopped - 3-4 large
Onions - chopped - 2 medium sized
Ginger - chopped and pounded - 2 tbsp
Garlic - chopped and pounded - 2-3 cloves
Note: you may use about 3-4 tsps of ginger garlic paste, if not using fresh ginger and garlic
Curd - 1/2 cup fresh (not very sour)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 2 tsp (add more if you prefer hot)
Roasted Jeera/ Cumin seeds powder - 1 tbsp
Roasted Coriander seeds powder - 2 tbsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - chopped, for garnishing
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste


  • Soak the chickpeas overnight/ 5-6 hrs and cook in pressure cooker for two whistles
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the chopped onions, ginger, garlic and stir well
  • Add the chopped tomatoes once the onions are done, and cook covered for 2-3 minutes
  • Mix the turmeric, red chilly, jeera, coriander powders along with a little salt and leave covered on low flame for 5 minutes until tomatoes are cooked
  • Add the chickpeas and stir well adjusting the consistency with little amount of boiled water
  • Mix the curd and garam masala with salt to taste and cook on low flame for 3-5 minutes
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves

Serve with hot phulkas/ chapathis/puris/ dosa

Everytime I wanted to participate in the very popular event for the love of legumes, I ended up missing them. This time, I decided to post as soon as I noticed that the Seventh Helping of My Legume Love Affair is being hosted by Srivalli at Cooking 4 all Seasons.

This event is the brain child of The Well-Seasoned Cook Susan, and you can view the host line-up here. This curry is my entry to the My Legume Love Affair, Seventh Helping event.

Update: Thanks to Madhuram of Eggless Cooking, I am sending this curry to the JFI Chickpeas event hosted at Sometime Foodie this month.

JFI is a monthly online food event focusing on natural and Indian ingredients started by Indira of Mahanandi.


Asha said...

Wonderful dish! looks delicious, love chole! :))

Cham said...

Love chana and this one looks divine!

Usha said...

This chickpea curry sounds looks fantastic...perfect with roti !

Mallika said...

Looks yummy. I'm a big fan of white chick peas too.

DEESHA said...

looks delicious, I love chole

Gita's Kitchen said...

The dish looks very colorful and yummy :)

Madhuram said...

You can send it to JFI-Chickpeas as well.

sowmya said...

nice recipe..looks yumm..

notyet100 said...

Chole is ,y al time favourite,..:-)

kat said...

We love chickpeas & this sounds like a tasty dish

Kevin said...

That chickpea curry looks tasty!

SriLekha said...

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ms said...

Hi shreyan,
chickpea curry is classic and never goes out of style! Thanks for sending in this entry to JFI Chickpea.

Andhra Flavors said...

oka sari maa akka chesindi same vundi chudataniki. idi chudagane ma akka gurtochindi.

Suma Rajesh said...

wonderful curry..looks tempting..perfect for puttu..

Vaishali said...

Yum yum yum. All those masalas and the chickpeas are a perfect match. That's one delicious-looking curry, Shreya.

Srivalli said...

Thanks for the lovely entry..looks great!

Rajee said...

I can smell the aroma here. Great dish!


The chickpea dish is awesome....
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