Cauliflower and Chickpeas(channa) Kurma

This is my mom's recipe which goes very with almost everything such as roti,paratha,rice and pulao.Whenever we have get together or guests this one will be in her menu,if cauliflower is not available she replaces it with either potato or soya chunks.This is a creamy and delicious kurma with coconut base and coconut paste needs to be finely ground to get a creamy texture.Here goes the recipe..............................


Cauliflower florets2cups
Onion(thinly sliced)1no.(medium size)
Garlic(thinly sliced) 3 cloves
Tomato 2-3nos.(
Green Chilly(slit)3nos.
Coriander leaves(chopped)2tbs
Curry leaves(chopped)1 sprig
Mint leaves(optional)10-15 leaves
Chilly Powder/milagai podi11/4tsp
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi1tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi1/8tsp
Garam masala powder 1/4tsp
Lemon juice1tsp
Salt 11/2tsp

For the seasoning
Cinnamon/pattai2 inch piece
Bay leaf1no.
Star anise 1no.
Fennel seeds/sombhu 1/4tsp
Green Chilly(slit)3nos.
Coriander leaves(chopped)2tbs

To grind


  1. Put the cauliflower florets in the boiled water along with a pinch of salt and drain it.Then put the tomatoes in the boiling water and cook it and after cooling peel the skin,grind it.Grind the coconut and cashews a very fine paste and set it aside. 

  2. Heat a pan with oil and splutter the fennel seeds and add the whole garam masala.Saute the onion,garlic and green chillies along with a pinch of salt.

  3. Then add the tomato paste and cook it,now add all the powders and stir it for a minute.Add a cup of water and let it boil till the raw flavor goes off. 

  4. Add the blanched cauliflower and cooked channa and cook it for couple of minutes then add the finely ground coconut paste and cook it for 3-4 minutes or till the raw smell disappears and becomes thick.

  5. Finally add the chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice and mix it well. 

  6. Kurma is ready.Serve it with roti or pulao.


  • Instead of coconut paste thick coconut milk can be used.
  • Do not use store bought tomato puree and the ground tomatoes give the creamy consistency.
  • The cooked chickpeas can be replaced with green peas.
  • Adding the mint leaves is purely optional but gives a nice flavor.
  • The kurma becomes thick on cooling so adjust consistency,if it is too thick add hot water with a pinch of salt.


creamy and yummy kuruma

Wonderful recipe! It looks so delicious! I never thought of combining chickpeas with cauliflower!

Awesome clicks....chickpeas n cauli combo rocks....

Delicious kurma,loved it...

yummy kurma, loved the combination of gobi and channa..

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The recipe looks incredible! Making me hungry :)awesome clicks too..

delicious combination looks wonderful

would be lovely with chapathis... awesome curry!

Yummy ! Yummy !!

interesting combination looks super inviting

good combination...keep rocking...

like your blue background.. nice curry..

Yummy combo. Looks tempting.
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