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Channa Kurma

Channa Kurma is a rich tasty kurma with the flavour of whole spices and coconut. An indian style one pot kurma easy to make a best pair with roti, chapathi, pulao, jeera rice etc. Let us learn to make Channa Kurma Recipe with step by step pictures and video.
Prep Time8 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time8 hrs 30 mins
Servings4 people
AuthorSharmilee J


To temper:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • one 1/4 inch cinnamon
  • 1 small clove
  • 1 small cardamom
  • 1 small star anise
  • few nos curry leaves

To grind together:

  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 inch piece ginger
  • 1 small cardamom
  • 1/4 inch cinnamon
  • 1 small clove
  • 1 small garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 10 nos pepper
  • 1 no green chilli
  • 10 nos cashews


  • Soak chana overnight, pressure cook along with enough water for 5 whistles.
  • Chana should be soft but not mushy.First to a mixer jar - add all the ingredients listed under 'to grind together' along with little water, grind to a paste, set aside.
  • To a pot - heat oil add items listed under 'to temper' let it splutter.Then add onion,salt, ginger garlic paste.Saute until golden.
  • Then add tomato, saute until mushy and raw smell leaves.Add turmeric,red chilli,coriander and garam masala powders.Give a quick saute then add coconut paste.
  • Mix well, add 1 cup water.Mix well.Slightly mash chana here and there, do not overdo.
  • Cook covered for around 10 mins or until oil floats on top.Garnish with coriander leaves,kasoori methi.Give a quick mix and switch off.



  • Adjust spice level according to your taste.This is mildy spicy suitable for kids too.
  • Make sure chana is cooked soft else it will not blend well with kurma well.
  • Do not skip cashews it adds richness and thickness to the kurma.
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