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Easy Chickpea Curry Recipe With Tomatoes & Spices

Easy chickpea curry or kadala curry with tomatoes and spices makes a yummy side dish with chapathi, poori, rice or dosa.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Soaking Time 8 hours
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 316kcal


  • 2 cups dried chickpeas
  • 5 cups Water (plus more water for soaking chickpeas)
  • salt as required
  • 4 medium sized fresh tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ginger   chopped or crushed
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala powder

for seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 4 dry red chilies
  • 2 tablespoons Oil


  • Wash the chickpeas and soak in water overnight or at least 7 to 8 hours prior to cooking. If you are using canned chickpeas you can skip this step.
  • After soaking, drain the water, lightly rinse the chickpeas again and keep aside.
  • In a blender, blend the chopped tomatoes and ginger along with the water to make it into a puree.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the mustard seeds.
  • When the mustard seeds splutter, add the red chilies and fry for few seconds.
  • Add the chickpeas, salt and garlic, mix all contents well and let it saute for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomato puree (with water and ginger in it) to the pressure cooker.
  • Add all the spices to the cooker, and mix the contents very well.
  • Close the cooker and cook in medium heat for about 12 to 14 minutes or about 3 to 4 whistles have come.
  • After 14 minutes of cooking, switch off the pressure cooker and wait for it to cool down.
  • Once the pressure cooker is cooled enough, open the cooker and see if the chickpeas is cooked enough to be soft.
  • Mix all the contents very well and the chickpeas curry with fresh tomato gravy is ready to serve!


Serve this delicious chickpeas curry with rice for lunch or dinner or as a side dish for chapathi, poori, dosa, idli, appam or puttu or toasted bread for breakfast as you wish.


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 748mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 46.3mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 5.2mg