Friday, January 30

Spiced Kaala Chana (Black Chick Peas)


When we were kids, on the eve of Durga Ashtami, during navratra; we were invited by so many neighbouring aunties, for what is called 'kanya puja'. And in every house we got the almost same menu of puri, halwa and these kale chane. Though the menu was same but in every house the food tasted very differently. Some made these chane a bit sweet , some spicy ,some added coconut to it and so on... (I think this was due to fact, that we stayed in the cosmopolitan city.) .But, as its quite obvious, i liked the bestwhich was made by mom . And now for me, it isin't that only during Navratra, but i cook it all the year round as a side dish. So here goes one more recipe of my mom...


Ingredients:

Black chick peas(kala chane) 1 cup
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
A pinch asafoetida
Curry leaves 5- 6
Green chilies 2 3
Coriander powder 2 tsp
Oil 2 tsp
Salt


Black Chana, Before, and after its soaked and boiled. See it swells to almost double.

Method:

Soak black chane for atleast 4 to 6 hours and then pressure cook them till they are soft.Wash , drain and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add curry leaves, green chilies and asafoetida. Now add cooked chane, salt, coriander powder and cook for 5-6mins, covered.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Variations for Chane usli:

Can add 2-3 tbl spns fresh/frozen coconut.
Add 1/4 tsp sugar or jaggery to make its sweeter version.

The chickpeas are a bit heavy on tummy if you eat it for dinner. Better have them for breakfast or lunch so that it gets digested by the time you go to sleep.


Just loved this snap... See here you can even see fumes coming out..




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Sending this to JFI: Chickpeas and,

Also sending this to MLLA: Seventh Helping at cooking4allseasons ,started by Susan’s .
along with Spicy Chole
Green peas Usal
Mutter paneer and
Daal makhani


28 comments:

sriharivatsan said...

Neha, itz an awesome click..Even I prefer not to use coconut unless its necessary..Simply superb..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow makes me drool. Looks yummy and spicy.

sowmya said...

we also make it for navaratri ..we call it sundal...little different from yours..
Nice picture..looks yummy..

Asha said...

Easy and healthy snack! :)

notyet100 said...

ya u r right,..:-)have tasted this mny times during navratri,..looks yummy...

Pavithra Kodical said...

I love this..Tastes great though..

Ashwini Kenchanna said...

lovely pictures..We too make this for navarathri..We call this as Husli..Good anytime of the day..You can send this to JFI - Chickpeas and MLLA..

Vaidehi said...

Nice click..one of my fav. dish


chakali

Cham said...

In south is sundal during Navarathri! But coconut is must in sundal! Looks tasty ur version.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

simple and healthy. nice recipe Neha.

Madhu said...

Looks delicious, nice presentation as well.

Vibaas said...

Looks yummy Neha. Love the last pic..looks hot and tempting :)

Neha said...

Thanx all for ur lovely comments..
n speciallly to Ashwini for reminding me to send it to JFI, now i did send it...

ms said...

Hi neha,
this is a great light and healthy snack,
thanks for sending this in to JFI Chickpea!
best,
ms

Srivalli said...

Thanks for the lovely entries neha..

Adlak's tiny world said...

Hi Neha

kala chenna looks nice and healthy snack. we make this one for Navarathri days.. drooling dear.

Uma said...

I remember eating these in temples. looks so yummy Neha!

Purva Desai said...

They looked divine and delicious.....

Usha said...

Looks delicious, loved the picture with steam rising from the channa :-)

DEESHA said...

yummy dish .. i love chickpeas

Simran said...

I love these too, but somehow only end up making them twice a year for navratras

Nithya Praveen said...

Hey Neha,looks lovely.We call it Sundal in the south.

Chitra said...

Looks nice and healthy:)First time in ur blog...u have some wonderful recipes..ADDED urs in my buddies list:)Do visit my blog when u r free:)Thanks in advance.

Swapna Pravin said...

Lovely and healthy snacks:)

meeso said...

Thanks for stopping by... Your recipes look awesome, so I will definitely be adding you to my list of favorites :) These channa look awesome!

Gayathri said...

Thanks neha for visiting my blog and leaving comment, I expecting more comments from you.

Anonymous said...

I am sure this will be another wonderful recipe...will try it out this Sunday for breakfast

vasanth said...

Hi...I was searching for this channa recipe for devi ke kadhai...thanks for the recipe

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