Poori With Chana Masala (chickpea curry)

Poori is something we make very often. These puffed wheat snack is such a common thing  in our household, its eaten as a snack , breakfast or dinner. It is served with Potato masala or Chickpea masala. It is a simple dish and easy to make. 

Let me show you how this simple everyday meal can be made special for your family.

Let’s see how to make the dough for the poori first…

  • Wheat flour – 2 cups 
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Mix the above ingredients well, add water little at a time and knead it into a thick dough. Brush it with little bit of oil to coat. Keep it in a container, close it and set it aside. 

Let the dough rest for sometime.

Now let’s see how to make the Channa Masala ( chickpea gravy ) 

Masala is a gravy made with onions, tomatoes and a mix of spices. This is the base for all our curry or gravy.

Chickpea Masala ©savvysouthindian.com

Let’s gather all the things we need…

  • Cooked Chickpeas (Chana) – 2 cups 

You can use 1- can of chickpeas or the frozen ones too. 

If you are using the can chickpeas make sure you drain the liquid and wash them in water before adding it to the masala. 

Spice Powders

  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon 
  • Chili powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon 
  • Coriander powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon 

Fresh ingredients 

  • Onion – 1 finely chopped 
  • Tomatoes – 2 finely chopped 
  • Green chili – 1 cut in small pieces 
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece ( grated)
  • Garlic – 2 ( grated ) 
  • Grated coconut – 1 tablespoon (or) Mashed chickpeas – 1 tablespoon 
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnish 

Whole spices  

  • cloves – 4
  • cardamom – 4
  • cinnamon – 1 small piece
  • fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Oil and butter for sautéing

First let’s make the masala ( spice paste for the gravy ) 

Heat oil in a pan add the whole spices once they are toasted, add the grated coconut sauté  it for a minute (no need to brown) 

Add all the spice powders , sauté it just for a couple of seconds. 

Immediately put the mix in a blender add some water and grind it nicely. This is so aromatic which makes the gravy very flavorful.

Leaving it in the hot pan for a long time can burn the spices. 

Using coconut as a thickener is very common in South Indian cuisine.

If you don’t want to use coconut , I have a solution for you…

  • Take  1- tablespoon of cooked chickpeas  
  • Mash it nicely 
  • Toast it with spices in oil and grind it with water . 
  • Just the same way I have used the coconut.
  • It serves the same purpose as the thickener, gives the right consistency and the flavor without any difference in taste. 

We add green chilies in all our dishes it really gives that extra flavor but it’s optional. You can remove the seeds and the vein this way you get the flavor without the heat.

Heat oil add a little bit of butter to it. 

Add the bay leaves and the chopped onions, sauté it until it gets the golden color. It is important since the golden onions gives the depth of flavor this gravy needs. 

Add the tomatoes and sauté it until they are soft. 

Now add the grated ginger, garlic and the chili pieces and sauté it for sometime.

Once you smell the aroma add the cooked chickpeas ( channa) and mix it well.

Now add the falvorful masala we made earlier, add salt and a cup of water . 

Put a lid on it and let it simmer for sometime. 

OMG the wonderful aroma that fills you kitchen is out of this world

It’s a sign that the chickpea masala is ready , garnish it with coriander leaves and serve it hot.

Now we have to make the Pooris…

We normally make pooris in a round shape but I really like these scalloped edge pooris. 

So I broke the rule and used the cookie cutter to make these fun shapes.

Roll out the dough, (Don’t make it too thin otherwise it won’t puff up) cut the shapes and deep fry them. 

It puffs up and looks so cute.

Make sure you drain them in paper towels before you serve it .

I can’t wait to plate this up … 

This is for me ….

This is for my kids …

Take caution there will be steam locked inside the poori. Punch it with a fork to let the steam out before serving it to the kids.

On a special occasion , the simple poori can turn into a special dinner to impress your hubby. This is how I did it ….


All I needed was a heart shaped cookie cutter.


Special 💗Pooris and Channa masala !

The best way to steal someone’s heart is through good food

Chickpea Masala can be paired with …

  • Toasted bread slices 
  • Flatbreads like Chapathi, Roti, Naan or Pita bread.
  •  Pilaf / Pulav or Plain Rice

Chickpeas are rich in protein, rice and bread covers the carb part and if you make a fresh salad to go with it … 

There you go ! It becomes a balanced meal in minutes. 

Food should never be boring. Use your imagination to make it fun and appealing.  

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the shape 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. skd says:

    How creative 👌☺

    Liked by 1 person

  3. aliz97 says:

    oh man! just looking at the photos is making me hungry! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I have to get this cookie cutter as early as possible. Stay being loved always, my dear !!!

    Liked by 1 person

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