Budget Chana Dal (Split Chickpea Curry)


Yields4 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time50 minsCuisineCooking MethodDiet, , , , Tags, , , ,

One pot, budget curry made from simple ingredients makes for a nutritious and delicious lunch or evening meal that's tasty as heck.

 1 tbsp olive oil
 200 g chana dal (split chickpeas) - soaked in water for at least 2 hours
 1 onion, chopped
 1 tbsp chopped fresh or frozen ginger
 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
 1 tsp salt
 2 tsp garam masala
 1 tin tomatoes (400g)
 800 ml water
 100 ml coconut milk (optional)


Drain the chana dal and rinse with fresh water


Heat the oil in a large shallow dish with a lid


Fry the onion, garlic and ginger until soft


Stir in the garam masala and salt then the tinned tomatoes


Add one tin of water (400ml) bring to a simmer and simmer for 40 minutes


Add the second can of water (400ml) as soon as the chana starts to stick a little or look a little dry


After 40 minutes simmering remove from the heat and place the lid on for a further 10 minutes.


Serve as is or stir in some coconut milk if you prefer a creamier curry.


  1. Paula Winters on 13th January 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Looks delicious, and from store cupboard ingredients too! Is the recipe definitely one serving? 200g chickpeas seems a lot!

    • Jenny Tschiesche on 25th January 2021 at 9:44 am

      Thanks for bringing this to my attention Paula. It should say four portions! I will change it.

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