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Chana Upkari phovu

  Garbanzo beans 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Sweet potato 1 Medium
  Potato/Plantains or sweet potato 1 Medium, diced
  Mustard seeds 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Asafoetida 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Oil 4 Teaspoon
  Coconut 1 Teaspoon, frozen
  Curry leaves 7
  All purpose flour 2 Teaspoon
  Red chillies 4
  Dried red chili 4
  Rice 1 Cup (16 tbs), beaten
  Poha 1 Cup (16 tbs) (beaten rice)
  Coriander seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Jaggery 1 Tablespoon
  Roasted dry red chilli 1
  Red chilli 1 , roasted
  Salt To Taste
  Fresh coconut 4 Tablespoon
  Coconut 4 Tablespoon

Wash chana and soak for 8-10 hrs.
Add potatoes and salt and pressure cook for 4 whistles.
Heat oil in a pot and add mustard seeds.
When they splutter add cut red chilli and fry for about 5 seconds.
Now add the curry leaves and heeng. Pour cooked chana.
Add in all purpose flour dissolved in ½ cup water and mix well..
Cover and cook on a low flame till the gravy thickens.
Add coconut and mix it well. Serve hot with poha.
(Usually this dish is served without any gravy. In that case, remove excess water from chana and skip adding the dissolved flour)

For making the poha

Crush coriander seeds, cumin seeds, jaggery, coconut,salt and red chilli to a coarse paste.
Add the poha and mix all ingredients together using your hands till the poha softens.
Serve along with chana upkari

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Vegan, Vegetarian
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
Garbanzo beans with spiced beaten rice

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 635 Calories from Fat 170

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 20 g30.7%

Saturated Fat 10.4 g52.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 156.9 mg6.5%

Total Carbohydrates 100 g33.4%

Dietary Fiber 15.8 g63.3%

Sugars 13.7 g

Protein 17 g34.9%

Vitamin A 121.9% Vitamin C 60.8%

Calcium 10.4% Iron 32.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Snigdha's picture
Wow. I have never tried this one. It looks and sounds good. This shall be my breakfast for the weekend.
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
You will love it as it is healthy and very light. We prepare it almost twice a month. You can also prepare it by using Black chana but I prefer to use the white one.
shantihhh's picture
I bought some black channa but neither of us "love it". Now I am trying to figure out a way to use where it isn't sooooo well you know. Shanti/Mary-Anne
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Black chana doesn't cook well when compared to white one. But this dish is one of the common dishes in coastal karnataka. Even some of the temples in Bangalore distributes this as prasadam. And eating chana on fridays is considered as auspicious. That is the reason many people prapare chana curries on fridays. I don't know the reason.
shantihhh's picture
I will try cooking the black channa in the pressure cooker and try your recipe. I hate to toss it out but I keep ignoring it in the pantry. Shanti/Mary-Anne
Snigdha's picture
Using Black Channa for making Pindi Chole is a good option!
AnjaliD's picture
BTW, is "Upkari" a konkani or Kannada word? Just curious. My guess is Konkani. Am I right?
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Yes you are absolutely right...In kannada we call it pallya...
Chana Upkari Phovu Recipe, Garbanzo Beans With Spiced Beaten Rice