Chickpea Curry With Fresh Dill (Rasa Walla Kabuli Chana)

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by duonyte

Traditionally this dry curry is made with chana dal, but author Ruta Kahate finds canned garbanzos/chickpeas to be a great alternative. I cook my garbanzos from dried to control salt. I found the 1 tsp salt to be a bit too much and the 1 tsp cayenne is very spicy, so if you are not sure about it, use less. From her book, "5 Spices, 50 Dishes".

Top Review by KateL

Wow, what a flavorful cholesterol- and diabetes-buster! I used 2 bunches of fresh dill leaves (instead of 3) @$1.99/bunch and yielded 2 cups dill. I was satisfied with the amount of dill I used, but I learned that each cup of fresh dill yields 4 calories and 12% of both Vitamins A & C, 2% of calcium, and 3% of iron. The dill countered the spicy hot combination of cayenne, ground coriander, fresh ginger and ground turmeric. This spice/herb combination packed a spicy punch, clearing out my sinuses, but didn't make me beg for mercy. When you eat this dish, you won't complain about bland garbanzo beans! If this dish sounds appealing to you, it would be wise to grown a large bunch of dill so you wouldn't have to take out a loan at the grocery store or worry about it going bad too quickly. I am so glad I tried this, though! Thank you for posting this recipe, Duonyte! Make for Please Review My Recipe tag game.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and saute the onion over medium heat until it has softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the cayenne, coriander garlic ginger, and turmeric and stir for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Mix in the tomato and cook until it is soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the dill, chickpeas, water, and salt, and simmer (I covered the skillet) until the dill is soft and tender, 5 to 8 minutes.
  5. Serve warm with rice.

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