Friday, April 1, 2011

Kala Chana / Black Chickpea curry

The lesser known sibling of Kabuli chana, famously made as chole, this chana variety has a different taste profile and is used differently too. It is also my little sisters favorite, and is made often at home. It is a simple recipe and with its leftovers I truly take creative liberty. I spread it over bread, dollops of yogurt over that, some sweet mango pickle and sev or boondi....ahhh heaven


1 1/2 cup raw chana
1 large onion
3-4 cloves garlic
2 green chilies
1 inch knob of ginger 
1 tablespoon oil
Pinch asafoetida
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 spoon Garam masala
Pinch turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon Dhania-jeera powder 
2 tablespoons chopped coriander 

Soak the chana in 3 cups of lukewarm water overnight. Drain the chana. Pressure cook to two whistles adding just enough water to cover the chana along with salt (about 1/2 teaspoon). Let the steam cool naturally. Make a paste of onion, garlic, chilies and ginger. You can also finely chop the onions and garlic, grate the ginger and add the chilies whole. 

In a heavy bottomed vessel, heat the oil. When hot, add the asafoetida, mustard and cumin seeds. Next add the onion paste. Saute till the paste changes color to a pale brown and all the moisture is cooked out. Next add the chana with the cooking water to the onion mixture. Add the spices and adjust for salt. Bring to a boil. Add the coriander. Chana is ready!

Serve hot with warm rotis or rice. 


Priya said...

Delicious kala channa, simply inviting..

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Delicious chana,yummy with roti...

Reshmi Mahesh said...

That is a yummy gravy for roti....

aipi said...

Delicious! This would be perfect for a leisurely Sunday brunch with hot puris :)

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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Daal looks to be awesome and healthy as well.
Great dish.

Hamaree Rasoi

Hari Chandana said...

Wowww. looks spicy and delicious.. very healthy recipe.. thanks for sharing !!
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? said...

The garnish and the toppings made me alugh; used to do the same with different subzis, malai and mixture!

Reeni said...

This looks delicious! I never had black chickpeas before - would love to try them!

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! Will get my hands to jot this one in the kitchen for sure...specially for Ms. M



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