Sunday, September 8, 2013

sukha kala chana / black chicpeas dry curry - for Ganesh chathurthi

Black Chana / chickpeas dry curry is a no-onion no-garlic dish and dry curry flavored with Indian spices. This  dish goes well with rotis, chapatis or pooris. You could also have it as a healthy evening snack. A simple and easy black chickpeas stir fry is often made and served as Prasad during Ganesh Chaturthi  and Navratri festival. In Navratri Festival it is served along with poori. Kala Chana is very high in protein and provides a nutritional meal.


  • 1 cup black chickpeas / kala chana (Soaked overnight and drained)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 2-3 green chili chopped
  • 1" inch piece ginger grated
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Jeera Powder (Roasted cumin seed powder)
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp amchur powder / dry mango powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black salt
  • Salt to taste

Method :

  1. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker and add the mustard seeds and Cumin seeds.
  2. When the they crackle, add asafetida, curry leaves and green chili. Sauté for a while.
  3. Now add black chana  / chickpeas, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander seeds powder, Jeera powder, garam masala, amchur powder and black salt. Mix well and sauté for a minute.
  4. Add about 1/2 cup water and salt, mix well and pressure cook on a high flame for 4 whistles.
  5. Lower the flame and pressure cook for 1-2 whistles.
  6. Allow to release pressure naturally, before opening the lid of pressure cooker.
  7. Cook on a high flame for another 1-2 minutes or till all the water evaporates.
  8. Remove from the flame and Serve hot.

Other Ganesh Chathurthi recipes:
1) Almond Pakode / Fritters
2) Paneer Katli
3) Sabudana / Sago Delight
4) Sabudana Pakode / Fritters
5) Quick Milk Peda
6) Gulab Jamun for Vrat / Fast
7) Almond Fritters
8) tomato-potato poori
9) Coconut and Bournvita Laddoo

Once you soak and cook the black chana, this recipe can be prepared quickly.
You can also add shredded coconut into this Chana.
You can use lime juice instead of amchur / dry mango powder.

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