Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and fry until tender. Stir in garlic, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, salt, cayenne and turmeric. Cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.
Add chick peas and their liquid and continue cooking, stirringr until all ingredients are well blended and heated through. Remove from heat and stir in coriander just before serving, reserving some for garnish.