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June 3, 2021

Black Chana Kurma / Karuppu Kondakadalai Kurma - Kala chana kurma recipe

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Kondakadalai kurma

Usually I make kurma for chapathi with white chana / Kabuli chana / Vellai kondakadalai in Tamil and chole for bhatura with black chana. For a change, I tried this South Indian style (Tamil nadu) black chana kurma / black chickpeas kurma/ brown chana kurma / karuppu kondakadalai kurma for chapathi after watching this YouTube video.  As it was different from my usual kurma recipes, I was tempted to try. It came out so well. We all loved it.

For South Indian kurma recipes, coconut ground with spices would be the base. But this kurma has tomato, onion and coconut for the base. So it was tasting different and yummy. I am sure this kurma would go well with poori and dosa too.

Friends, do try this easy and yummy South Indian style karuppu kondakadalai kurma and enjoy with chapathi / Poori and dosa.

Check out my hotel style white chana kurma

Easy chole recipe in pressure cooker

 black chana kurma

Black chana kurma / Karuppu kondakadalai kurma recipe

Brown chana kurma / Karuppu kondakadalai kurma recipe

Black chana kurma / Karuppu kondakadalai kurma recipe for chapathi, poori, dosa

Cuisine: Indian
Category: side dish
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Black chana / Karuppu kondakadalai - 1 cup
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Big onion - 1
  • Green chilli - 1
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1.5 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 to 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
To grind
  • Ripe tomato - 2
  • Big onion - 1 or small onion - 5
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1
  • Cloves - 1
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Cashew nuts - 5
  • Boiled chana - a fistful
  • Curd - 2 tsp
  1. Wash and soak black chana in required water over night or 12 hours.
  2. Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles and set aside. Reserve a fistful for grinding.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter fennel seeds, saute onion, ginger garlic paste.
  4. Add red chilli powder, turmeric and garam masala powder.
  5. Add the cooked chana and boil well adding enough water.
  6. Grind the ingredients given under “ to grind” to smooth paste.
  7. Add to the kurma and mix well. Add required water, salt and boil till oil floats on top.
  8. Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves. 
  • Wash and soak the black chana / Karuppu kondakadalai in enough water over night or 12 hours. Pressure cook it adding required water and salt for 2 whistles in low flame.
  • black chana kurma
  • Reserve a fistful of chana for grinding. Grind onion, tomato, coconut, spices and cooked chana to a smooth paste.
  • black chana kurma
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter fennel seeds. Saute onion, ginger garlic paste till raw smell goes off. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and mix well.  Add the cooked chana, ground tomato+onion+coconut paste and required water.
    • black chana kurma

    black chana kurma
  • Add required salt, mix well and add water if required. Boil till oil floats on top. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • black chana kurma
  • Serve hot with chapathi, poori and dosa. Enjoy !


  • For variations, you can saute onion, tomato, coconut and spices before grinding.
  • You can skip one green chilli and use red chilli powder alone.
  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder and garam masala powder as per your taste.

Try this yummy and healthy brown chana kurma and enjoy !

karuppu kondakadalai kurma

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