• Nupur Bhattacharya

Kala chana masala recipe/Black chickpeas curry/Kala chana chaat/Black chana masala/Dry chana masala

Updated: Jan 10


Chock full of protein and fiber and great for weight loss as well!

But more than anything it’s a Spicy, Tangy, and Chatpata snack that gets your taste buds tingling!


Ingredients 

Yield: 6-8 servings


Black Chana (chickpeas)... 3 cups

Onion (finely chopped)... 3 tbsp.

Coriander leaves (finely chopped)... 3 tbsp

Curry leaves... 6-8

Cumin seeds...1/2 tsp.

Ghee...1 tbsp.

Fresh lime juice...2 tbsp.

Slit green chillies...3-4

Salt...to taste

Masala mix

Coriander powder...1 tbsp.

Cumin powder...1/2 tbsp.

Garam masala...1/2 tbsp.

Black pepper powder...1/2 tbsp

Hing (Asafoetida)... 1/4 tsp.

Kashmiri red chilli powder...1/2 tsp.

Chaat masala…3/4 tsp.

Salt...1/2 tsp.

With Muri/Murmurs/Puffed Rice

Murmura (puffed rice)... 3 cups

Chana masala...1 cup

Kalonji (black caraway seeds)...1/2 tsp.

Turmeric powder...1/4 tsp.

Salt...1/2 tsp.

Aamchur (dry mango powder)...1/2 tsp.

Chaat masala...1/2 tsp.


Method
  • Soak 3 cups of black chick peas (kala chana) in water overnight

  • Drain the water and pour the chana into a pressure cooker

  • Add enough water to cover the chickpeas

  • Let this cook for 20 minutes on medium heat or for two whistles

  • Don’t force the steam out of the pressure cooker, wait till you can open the lid normally

  • Drain the water from the chickpeas and keep it aside

  • Add 1 tablespoon oil to a pan set on medium heat

  • Add cumin seeds, curry leaves and slit green chillies

  • Give it a quick stir

  • At the pre-boiled chickpeas, mix well and stir fry for three or four minutes

  • At the dry masala and mix well

  • Add ghee and stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes

  • Add salt to taste

  • Mix thoroughly and add fresh lime juice

  • Add approximately half of the coriander leaves and mix well

  • Turn off the heat and garnish with the remaining coriander leaves and finely chopped red onion

Done!


Kala chana with puffed rice (muri or murmura)

  • Add 1.5 tablespoons of oil to a pan set on medium heat

  • Add half a teaspoon of kalonji or black caraway seeds, half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and 3 cups of puffed rice

  • Stir fry till the puffed rice gets nice and crispy (this will take approximately three minutes)

  • Add salt to taste, 1/4 teaspoon of amchur (dry mango powder), 1/4 teaspoon of chaat masala and mix well

  • Add 1 cup of the chana masala

  • Mix well

Done!

Perfect with a cup of chai!!






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