West Indian-Style Channa Wrap Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson |

There’s spicy and then there’s this: spicy that’s so hot you can’t stop shoveling it into your mouth, bite after painful bite, because the second you pause, you’ll feel the full wrath of the burn in all of its glory.

But when it tastes like this, it feels so good.

But behind all of that endorphin rush-inducing heat, there is a blend of warm and satisfying spices — ginger, cumin, turmeric — so that even if you’re not a spicy fiend like some of us you can dial down the heat (by omitting the chili pepper or using a milder curry powder) without fear of losing any flavor.

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student.  Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others. 

Recipe adapted from The Meat Lovers Meatless Cookbook 


Prep Details

Servings: 4

Calories per serving: 362

Prep time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 1 hour 15 mins

Total time: 1 hour 20 mins


2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups diced onions
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 chile pepper, seeded and diced
1 (2x1-inch) hunk of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
3 tbsp Madras-style curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp salt
1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and boiled until tender
4 8-inch whole wheat tortillas



Photos: Joanne Bruno


1. Heat the oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent and softened, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, chile pepper and ginger. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the curry powder, ground cumin, cayenne, turmeric, and salt. Stir well. It will have a paste-like consistency.
2. Add the chickpeas plus enough water to barely cover (about 3 cups) to the pan. Bring to a lively simmer, then lower the heat and cook at a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid evaporates and the sauce thickens, about 50-60 minutes.
3. Taste for salt and seasoning.
4. Place 1/4 of the chickpea mix inside a warmed tortilla. Top with a large handful of arugula and fold into a wrap.