Bengal Gram, also known as Chana is one of the most important pulses in India. Also known as chickpeas, these are slightly different than the garbanzo/kabuli chana and come in black, brown and green colors. The bengal gram variety of the chickpeas are considered to have more fiber than the garbanzo beans and therefore a low glycemic index which make them suitable for people with diabetes or sugar problems.
This is a regular preparation at home and the use of goda masala gives the curry a nice sweetish aroma. Soak these beans for 6-8 hours before starting to make the curry as this helps in reducing the cooking time. Although the ingredients list looks lengthy, it is not that tough to make it. This goes to this month’s MLLA-20 hosted by The Crispy Cook and started by Susan.
1 cup chana/bengal gram/chickpeas
1 tsp chili powder (or according to taste)
1/8 tsp turmeric
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
pinch of asafetida
1 strand of curry leaves
1/2 cup onions,chopped
Grind to Paste:
1/4 cup dry coconut, roasted
1/4 cup cooked chana/gram
1/2 cup onions, chopped, roasted
2 –3 big garlic cloves
1 in ginger
1/4 cup cilantro
2 tbsp goda masala/(if unavailable use garam masala)
1. Soak the chana/bengal gram/chickpeas for about 6 –8 hours or overnight.
2. Pressure cook them with enough water. (This reduces cooking time significantly)
3. Combine all the ingredients mentioned and grind to a fine paste.
4. Heat oil in a deep vessel, add asafetida, curry leaves and onions. Sauté till the onions turns translucent.
5. Add the cooked chickpeas, tomatoes, salt, chili powder, turmeric and bring it to boil. let it simmer for 10 –15 minutes on med flame.
6. Garnish and serve with hot white rice or with bhakri/bread
Preparation Time: 30 -40 minutes
Tags: garbanzo beans, kadle kaal saaru, kadle kaal usal, kale chane, harbare, kale harbare, bengal gram, black gram, whole gram, curry, gravy, kattin saar, katachi amti, usal, masala, goda masala, kala masala,
My mouth is watering, looks so good. I LOVE LOVE Kadalekalu.brown chana, haven't cooked with it for so long, must try. Good post! :)
Oh lovely dish with chana... Never heard of this method.. Sure looks yum yum :)
this is my fav..Would lov to eat with appam and puttu,yummmm
Nice click..Curry looks awesome..yummy yumm
yummy and delicious chana curry.
Such a protein packed curry, would love have with hot steaming rice and papads..
Awesome.. that looks real tasty.
looks yum and delicious kala chana..
Looks very creamy SE, wish I can have that with rotis now..Been a long time since I made anything kala chana.
Looks yummy..nice picture..
Love this chana..I use coconut milk instead of coconut :-)Nice color !
Appreciate your time to revisit to see the pics..thanks SE !!
wow this chana gravy luk very tempting...i love this black chanas, thy r more tasty thn the others...very nice recipe
Looks absolutely awesome..never tried making this way..but bookmarking it.
yummy and delicious!!!!
Slurrp Slurrp, a few parathas - oh I think a few more, along with the curry will make me happy a happy person...
Fantastic looking one!!
Kala chana curry looks delicious and yummy! I make a very similar one with tamarind pulp added.. as I eat kala chana more and more I think I am growing to like it more than a white chana.
wow, love this recipe..love kala chana..nice clicks..
nice recipe and and a new one too.
Nice recipe,looks delicious
Awesome...looks really good...
never tried your method.Excellent click!!!
hello everyone..thanks your for wonderful comments..appreciate your time to stop by !
Very different recipe , should be delicious with rice!
Healthy and delicious curry. Perfect with rice or roti.
Thank you for sending this over to My Legume Love Affair. It looks very tasty.
Hello, came here through Deepa's blog..n m so happy to discover ur wonderful blog with simply gr8 recipes..loved this curry..m gonna follow u..Happy blogging!
i love brown chana! thanks for this recipe.
You have mentioned cooked Chana/ gram , ai in grind to a paste, what is this? Do I have to keep aside some of the Cooked boiled Chana?
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