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How to make Kala Chana or Black Gram

Updated on June 17, 2012

Kala Chana Recipe

Hello, this is living with pulmonary hypertension since 2004 and today I am making kala chana. The spicy Kala Chana or black gram is a very popular dish in North India. People usually eat it in the month of the March during the celebration of Navaratri festival with plain puree.This can be eaten as a snack with hot tea. Black gram or Kala chana is very nutritious and rich in protein, low in cholesterol, low in fat and high in fiber which makes it a heart healthy food.and also good for constipation patients.


  • 3 cup of black chana
  • 4 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 1 medium tomatoes chopped (to make a paste)
  • 1 green chili cut in small pieces, as per your taste
  • 1 medium size of onion chopped (optional)
  • 3 clove of garlic (optional)
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper seed( for paste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, adjust to the taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black salt
  • 1 teaspoon chana masala

Serves:- 6-8

Cooking Time: 30 minutes.

Preparation Time; 30 minutes, soaking time excluded.

  • Clean kala chana to remove any stones or debris and soak it for 4-5 hours in a big bowl.
  • Boil In a pressure cooker, add more water as needed.
  • Cook on high heat.
  • the pressure cooker starts whistling turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Now close the heat and wait until steam has stopped before opening the pressure cooker. and check if kala chana is done.

  • a. Blend ginger,green chili, onion, garlic, black pepper and coriander, cumin seed to make a paste. pour in a bowl. keep it separate.
  • b. Add 2 spoon ready made store bought chana masala in a small bowl and 3-4 spoon water, make a paste.
  • Use either a or b.
  • Blend the tomatoes and keep it aside
  • Add oil in the pan and when oil is hot add cumin seed. When cumin start cracking add onion and garlic paste or ready made chana masala. Cook 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste, salt and mango powder. Stir it.
  • Adjust salt and chile according to your taste.
  • Add cooked black chana. Mix well.
  • Cook on medium heat with lid on until chana soak all the water.
  • Kala Chana will be ready to eat in as little as 10 minutes but for best result let it simmer for 20 minutes, stirring in between.
  • Garnish chana with cilantro and red onion.
  • Serve with plain puri.or eat as a snack.

Plain fried puri made with whole wheat flour.
Plain fried puri made with whole wheat flour.

More Simple and Easy Recipes of Kala Chana

  • Combine soaked chana with fresh diced onions, minced cilantro, thinly chopped tomatoes, salt and lemon juice as a side dish or simple and easy snack or salad.
  • Makes wonderful chana chaat by adding yogurt, chaat masala, salt, chopped onion,cilantro, papdi,sweet and sour tamarind chutney.
  • Kala chana is very nutritious and use this to make curries, pakoras, soup and salad.



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    • livingpah2004 profile image

      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Tina,thanks for watching the video and nice feedback. Have a great weekend.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      I have never heard of this nor taste it but it sounds interesting and healthy too! You did a great video explaining it all. Voted up, useful, interesting


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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      I think in UK, it should call Chana. Chick pea is a different variety of chana. Thanks for liking the recipe,Redberry Sky. God Bless You!

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      My housemate loves this ingredient - if I'm right in thinking it's what UK supermarkets call chickpeas?. Another great recipe I'll be returning to, livingpah :)

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      Milli 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you for commenting Vinaya and I am sure you can make this recipe. Take care.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      wow, I can make this.