Kala Chana Masala Recipe (Black Chickpea Curry)

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Kala Chana Masala is a popular Indian curry made using black chickpeas that are called Desi Kala Chana.

This Kala chana is an Indian variety of Chickpeas. They are dark brown in colour and are smaller compared to normal chickpeas.

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Vegan Kala Chana Masala – Black Chickpea Curry

This dish is a delicious, protein-packed curry that is low in the glycemic index making it diabetic friendly dish.

Served with roti, phulka or rice, this curry is a sure shot for delicious comfort food. This is a vegan, beginner & bachelor-friendly, diabetic-friendly and nutritious Indian curry recipe.

Kala chana masala also called harbaryachi usal in Marathi is a quick and easy-to-make dish if you have boiled chana / harbara ready at hand.

This desi chana is such a popular legume that is made almost in every household as well as in restaurants across India. There are a variety of ways in which this kala chana masala recipe is prepared depending on region to region.

This healthy legume is rich in protein, high in fibre, and a good source of antioxidants along with vitamins & minerals.

At home, we try to include legumes in our diet most often. The popular recipes include dalimbi kadve (vaal usal), matki usal / matki sabji (sprouts curry), masoor dal curry (whole brown lentil curry), black-eyed beans curry and also we make kala chana salad using this chana which is best served as a side dish or an as a one pot meal.

In India, this recipe varies from state to state. In the northern parts, this kala chana masala is made in onion tomato-based gravy and in the south, you will find it made in coconut-based gravy.

Whatever may be the variation, it is one of the most loved legumes all across India.

We often make kala chana masala at home for weeknight dinners. This one tops our list of favourite meatless Monday vegetarian recipes.

This curry is healthy, nutritious and delicious at the same time. We serve this with chapati, phulka and with cooked steamed rice.

The dry version of this chana masala makes a perfect tiffin option along with roti.

Including legumes in everyday meals is a great way to get your daily intake of necessary nutrients.

To make any pluses or legumes the main step is to soak them in water overnight or at least for 4-5 hours before cooking them. This helps in getting rid of bloating when consumed and helps legumes cook faster.

Traditional kala chana masala recipe is made using an onion-tomato base along with a dash of ginger garlic paste which enhances the flavour of this dish.

The recipe that I am sharing today is a personalized version. It’s quite rustic unlike the traditional version of chana masala which includes tomatoes and cumin.

Ingredients required to make chana masala

Black Chickpeas (Harbara / Kala chana) – I soaked the chickpeas in water overnight for approximately 8-9 hours. It helps in cooking these legumes faster and avoids unnecessary bloating too

Onion – Indian curries are incomplete without an onion tomato base. They impart a nice flavour to the dish and give a nice texture to the dish. However, I have skipped tomatoes here as per my personal choice.

Spices – Spices such as garam masala, and coriander powder are added to this curry.

Seasonings – I have added a teaspoon of sugar here to balance the taste of curry and salt to taste.

Water – To cook & adjust the consistency of the curry.

Oil – For tempering.

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Serving Suggestions

This protein-packed kala chana curry can be served with roti, phulka and steamed rice.

Storage Options

This kala chana curry stays good for about a week in the refrigerator. Reheat before serving.

Variations

You can add tomatoes along with onions which gives this curry a nice tang.

You can also add potatoes in making this recipe. Cook the potatoes along with onion tomatoes and then add the cooked chana along with spices.

You can make a dry version of this curry which is apt to take for office lunch box or kid’s tiffin boxes.

Ingredients to make Kala chana masala

  • 1 Cup Desi Chana / Kala Chana / Black Chickpeas
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/4th tsp Hing (Asafoetida)
  • 1/4th tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilly Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 Lemon (Optional)
  • Coriander Leaves to garnish
  • Pinch of Sugar (Optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2tbsp Oil
  • Water to cook the chana.

How to Soak Kala Chana

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Boiled Kala Chana – Black Chickpeas
  • Now before we start making this kala chana masala, we need to do some beforehand preparation by soaking this black chickpea in water overnight or at least for 4-5 hours.
  • Once soaked overnight, drain the water and wash the chana/chickpeas under running tap water.
  • Add 3 cups of water to the soaked chickpeas and pressure cook till 7-8 whistle.
  • They should be perfectly cooked and tender.
  • Tip: You can soak and boil chickpeas beforehand and store them in an airtight container and refrigerate them. They stay good for a week. Use them within a week when needed.

Let’s start to make the curry

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Kala Chana Masala – Desi Chana Masala
  • In a kadai / saucepan heat oil. Add mustard seeds and let them crackle.
  • Add hing (Asafoetida), turmeric powder and finely chopped onions. Saute the onions till they are translucent and cooked properly.
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  • Once onions are cooked, add coriander powder, garam masala powder, red chilli powder and mix well.
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  • Add the cooked kala chana/chickpeas along with salt, and sugar.
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  • Mix all the ingredients.
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  • Add a cup of water (adjust the water as per the consistency you require).
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  • Cover the pan with a lid and let the chana/chickpeas cook on steam for 3-4 minutes. Add finely chopped coriander leaves. Stir occasionally.
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  • Kala Chana Masala is ready.
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Kala Chana Masala – Black Chickpea Curry
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and squeeze lemon over it. Serve hot with flatbread or rice.
  • This curry also goes well with a loaf of bread.

NOTE:

Instead of black chickpeas, you may also use the normal garbanzo peas for this recipe.

I have not used tomatoes in this recipe, if you like, you can add finely chopped tomatoes along with onion and cook the masala till the tomatoes are tender.

I personally like to have a semi-dry version of this chana masala when serving with flatbread. If you want to make a semi-dry version just add 1/2 glass of water and you are good to go.

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Kala Chana Masala Recipe – Black Chickpea Curry (Vegan)

Anjali P
Kala chana masala is a delicious protein-rich vegan curry recipe. This is a simple & quick recipe best served with roti and rice.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Kala Chana – Black Chickpeas
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4th teaspoon Hing (Asafoetida)
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • Water to cook
  • Coriander Leaves to garnish
  • Lemon juice while serving

Instructions
 

How To Soak & Boil Kala Chana

  • Soak kala chana / black chickpea in water overnight or at least for 4-5 hours.
  • Once soaked overnight, drain the water and wash the chana / chickpeas under running tap water.
  • Add 3 cups of water to the soaked chickpeas and pressure cook till 7-8 whistle.They should be perfectly cooked and tender.

How to make kala chana curry – black chickpea curry

  • In a kadai / saue pan heat oil. Add mustard seeds and let them crackle.
  • Add hing (Asafoetida), turmeric powder and finely chopped onions. Saute the onions till they are translucent and cooked properly.
  • Once onions are cooked, add coriander powder, garam masala powder, red chilli powder and mix well.
  • Add the cooked kala chana/chickpeas along with salt, and sugar. Mix all the ingredients.
  • Add a cup of water (adjust the water as per the consistency you require).
  • Cover the pan with a lid and let the chana/chickpeas cook on steam for 3-4 minutes. Add finely chopped coriander leaves. Stir occasionally.
  • Kala Chana Masala is ready.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and squeeze lemon over it. Serve hot with flatbread or rice.

Notes

Instead of black chickpeas, you may also use the normal garbanzo peas for this recipe.
I have not used tomatoes in this recipe, if you like, you can add finely chopped tomatoes along with onion and cook the masala till the tomatoes are tender.
I personally like to have a semi-dry version of this chana masala when serving with flatbread. If you want to make a semi-dry version just add 1/2 glass of water and you are good to go.
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