With the festive season round the corner, everyone around is gearing up for the celebrations. From buying essentials for the celebrations to making festive special delicacies, all of us are busy experiencing the festive gusto. And when it’s the time of Navratri, kala chana curry is often one of the most sought after dishes. Kala chana is cooked using black chickpeas, Indian spices, and a few vegetables. This lentil-based delicious curry is a go-to choice for kids and adults alike. The flavours and aroma of this evergreen dish are so tempting, that you cannot say no to it. So, to make your work easier, here is a kala chana recipe and kala chana chaat recipe that you can make.
Kala chana or black chickpeas is one of the star ingredients during the Navratri period. Black chickpeas are native to the Indian subcontinent and their origin dates back to the 13th century. Eating kala chana not only treats your taste buds with lots of flavours but also has many health benefits. Black chickpeas are a rich source of thiamin, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients. All of these nutrients make kala chana carry many health benefits like regulating the blood sugar level, boosting the immune system, promoting the growth of hair and the list goes on. Apart from this, you can also use kala chana for making different types of dishes. From kala chana chaat to kala chana curry, there’s a lot that you can experiment with it.
1. It is always advisable that you soak kala chana for at least 8 hours before preparing kala chana gravy with it. Soaking helps the black chickpeas to soften and also makes it easier to cook kala chana.
2. Always check the shelf life of the black chickpeas that you are using. If you are using black chickpeas that are too old, then the flavour of the curry might differ. So, it is better to always check the shelf life.
3. Use fresh tomatoes to make the kala chana masala recipe, as unripe or stale tomatoes can spoil the taste of kala chana.
Here is an easy kala chana recipe for Navratri puja that can be made with the utmost ease. So, without further ado, follow our kala chana recipe and delight your taste buds with its enriching flavours.
1. Black gram – 250 g
3. Green chilli
4. Sendha namak – according to taste
6. Garam masala powder – 1 tbsp
7. Chilli powder – 1 tsp
8. Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
9. Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
10. Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
11. Amchur powder – 1 tsp
13. Cumin – 1 tsp
14. Cinnamon – ½ tsp
17. Bay leaf – 1
18. Kasuri methi
1. First, boil the black gram in a pressure cooker.
2. Then, take a frying pan and heat some oil in it. Add all the spices like cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves along with bay leaf, kasuri methi and asafoetida and saute it for some time.
3. Next, add tomato and green chilli and let it saute.
4. Add sendha namak to this mixture and let it cook for some time.
5. Then, add the boiled black grams to it and let all of them cook together.
6. Add an adequate amount of water and mix all of it properly.
7. Transfer this mixture to a pressure cooker and add garam masala powder, amchur powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and turmeric powder. Cover the cooker and wait for it to whistle 6-7 times.
8. Finally, enjoy the delicious kala chana with freshly prepared rice or roti.
To give a tangy twist to black chickpeas, here is a kala chana chaat recipe.
1. Dried black chickpeas – 1 cup
2. Tomato – 1
3. Green chilli – 1
4. Amchur powder – 1 tsp
5. Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
6. Chaat masala – 1 tsp
7. Cumin powder – 1 tsp
8. Coriander leaves
9. Sendha namak – according to taste
1. First, soak the chickpeas for about 8 hours.
2. Then, before making kala chaat drain out the excess water from the soaked black chickpeas.
3. Next, add these chickpeas to a pressure cooker and wait for about 10 minutes to let it cook.
4. Then, take a bowl and add black chickpeas along with chopped tomato and green chilli and also add amchur powder, red chilli powder, chaat masala and cumin powder.
5. Add an adequate amount of sendha namak and mix these ingredients together.
6. Garnish it with coriander leaves and also sprinkle some more chaat masala. You can also squeeze lemon juice to further increase its taste.
So, make delicious kala chana curry for the Navratri celebrations and also follow our kala chana chaat recipe for a delectable time.
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Saumya Srivastava is a passionate reader who likes writing poetry. She is an avid foodie who keeps exploring new types of cuisine. Besides, she also has a strong love for literature.