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Friday, November 12, 2010

Kala Chana Curry Recipe (Black Chickpeas Gravy)


Throughout most part of my life I have lived in North India where dishes like Kala Chana Curry was always very popular along with Black Chole and Punjabi Choley. The way I prepare Black Chole is also Satvik Ahaar as it doesn't have onion, garlic or even tomatoes. Kala Channa or Black Chikpeas are not only a good source of protein and also could be prepared as fulfilling dish easy to prepare. It's also a fact that Kala chana masala gravy could be had with Luchi, Bhatures, Peas Pulao or Chapatis. Because it has tomatoes in it, little sourness makes the dish very tasty. During my Delhi days during weekends we used to head towards to Sector 14 Om sweets shop to enjoy Kala Chana Curry with Peas Pulao. Even now we scout for street joints here and thankfully have found some nice places which serve delightful Kala Chana masala with Bhatures. 

Serves: 4, Cooking time: 45-50 minutes

While Boiling Chana:
2 cups Kala chana (black chickpeas)
2 Cloves
1" inch Cinnamon 
2 Black cardamom
1 Bay leaf
Salt to taste
Baking Soda (small pinch)

For Gravy:
2 Onions
1 tbsp combined of Ginger-garlic-green chilli paste
1/2 tsp Sugar
1-2 Green chili, chopped
2 medium sized Tomatoes
1 1/2 Coriander powder
1/2  Kashmiri Red Chilli powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
2 tbsp Oil
Chopped coriander

Wash and soak kala chana in enough water for overnight. Add a pinch of baking soda to it. Drain out the water and transfer the cooked chana to a pressure cooker. Add 3 cups of water, salt, cardamom, bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon. Close lid and keep the flame on high till the pressure builds up, after that you can reduce the flame to low and cook for another 20-25 minutes till cooked and lightly soft. Separate the boiled chana and water with a help of big strainer. Keep aside.

Take a heavy bottom kadhai and heat 2 tbsp oil. Add sugar and when it leaves red color, add onions and fry till they become light brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and green chilies. Stir fry for a minute. If the masala is sticking to the bottom then add 1-2 tsp of kala chana water. Add coriander and red chilly powder and stir fry for a second. 

Add the cooked chana and mix well. Next add tomatoes and fry till it leaves oil. Add Kala chana boiled water,now which you had saved and sprinkle some garam masala powder.

Pressure cook this for another 5-10 minutes, this will allow the spices to mix well and thicken the gravy. Allow it to cool. Once cooled, open the lid and add chopped coriander leaves. Transfer this gravy to serving bowl and serve hot with naan or chapati.



  1. mouthwatering n delicious chickpea gravy dear..

  2. i like thisgravey very much.lookingawsomead delicious.r recipe is sameasi make .loveit

  3. Looks so tempting ! tasty..will use your recipe soon !

  4. Looks soo delicious and perfect.. thanks for the recipe :)

  5. These chana look yummy especially the rich gravy.You have made them from scratch I cheat and used precooked.Lovely recipe I will try your version soon.

  6. This is my abs favorite with rice.Infact your yummy prep reminded me that I havent made it for long :)

  7. Protien rich gravy. Looks mouthwatering. Perfect with rice or roti.

  8. Black chana curry looks delicious Deepa. I am not seeing you much around.

  9. Mouthwatering dish..creamy and yummy, perfect with rotis

  10. Delicious and comforting curry...

  11. Very fabulous looking gravy, love to have with some rotis..

  12. looks's not only delicious but very healthy also.....I make it once or twice every week, my family abs. loves it....btw love that karahi paneer.....haven't made it in while, DD is not a big fan of paneer....

  13. I love this this with roti..nice recipe Deepa!

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  14. Sounds so yummy and healthy dear....

  15. looks yumm and delicious... love to have right now..

  16. first time in your lovely blog. wish to follow u. awesome n straight forward recipes. pl do stop by my blog when u find time:)


  17. Dear Deepa
    How are you? Nana kaj-e feshe jete parina..Tai bhalo lag-e na
    Ki darun dish....Kakima clinic theke asle dekhabo-- ei darun recipe...
    Boiling er somoe , dry amala ar badol-e fresh amla deo - a jab-e ? Of course I can get dry amla ( sab dry amloki khaoa hoe gechhe..ha ha )
    Bhalo theko..God willing tomader sang-e hoeto dekha hoe jab-e, in this trip ...chithi dichhi ....

  18. Here you have one more burp .... delicious kala chana....this one is slightly different from mine ...I will try out this way next time.

  19. What a lovely and delicious gravy ya! Would like to have some now! :D

    Hru doing my dear friend?? ;)

  20. looks delicious and tempting...beautiful and cute presentation

  21. Looks very very inviting and yummy! Nice recipe!

  22. I love chickpeas and this curry look so mouthwatering...

  23. This is my all-time favorite..It looks delicious, love it with chapatis..Great pics!

  24. hieee....grab ur award frm :)

  25. this def look amazing ...i think i shud book mark it

  26. Prepared today as side dish for ari pathiri... It was very tasty.. my mom loved it..


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