KALA CHANA - Black Garbanzo beans with Coconut

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Jan. 08, 2018

Kala Chana, simply translated to Black Garbanzo beans or gram, is the lesser known of the two Garbanzo beans, but is super healthy. Its also known as Bengal Gram. These are bought dry and you have to soak it overnight for best results. This is also known as Chana Bhaji.
These are power packed with protein, has tons of fiber and is low in calories which makes it perfect for healthy eating. If you take the time to sprout these, it has a lot more nutritional value.


Kala chana 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Bengal gram or black garbanzo beans)
Salt To Taste
Finely chopped onion 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Minced garlic 1 Teaspoon
Sliced green chilies 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
Chilli powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Turmeric 1/2 Teaspoon
Garam masala 1 Teaspoon
Lime 1/2 , juiced
Pepper 1 Teaspoon
Grated coconut 1 Cup (16 tbs)



1.Soak the chana overnight in water.


2.Add water and salt to a pressure cooker and cook this for 3 4 whistles.

3.If you dont have a pressure cooker, just cook this in a regular pot till cooked.

4.In a saute pan heat some oil and saute the onions till golden brown.

5.Add the garlic green chillies, mustard seeds followed by all the powdered spices chilli, turmeric and garam masala.

6.Add the cooked chana followed by one cup of the cooking liquid.

7.Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

8.Add the lime juice, salt to taste and pepper and finally the grated coconut.

9.Cook for one more minute and serve.

10.Garnish with some green chillies.


11.Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 25 Minutes
Servings: 4