How To Make Kala Chana Interesting?

Kala Chana is a grocery staple and is surely stored in your pantry. If you think you can only make a gravy dish out of these power house legumes, think again! We give you 5 ways to make the boring kala chanas interesting.

If there was ever a greater need to minimize food wastage and use all our resources to their optimum potential, it is now. To encourage us all to do this, and in ways that don’t need a whole lot of added effort, we have come up with simple ideas to use staple ingredients differently in your daily meals. Most of you may already have these as part of regular groceries. Through these posts, we hope you get fresh ideas to use your kitchen supplies wisely and in interesting ways.

If you have stocked up on some kala chanas during the lockdown and the family is bored with eating the same gravy-style dish, this article is sure to come in handy. Kala Chana (काला चना) or black chickpeas are a wonderful addition to a vegetarian’s diet if they need more protein in their meal. Kala Chana has high fiber content and a low glycemic index. Used commonly in Indian and middle eastern cuisines, kala chana is a very versatile legume to cook with.

Here are 5 ways you can bring some variety on the table using the super healthy kala chana.

Tip – Make sure you soak the kala chanas overnight to save your cooking time and energy source.

1) Kala Chana Chaat

Kale Chane ki chaat is a perfect breakfast option. You will need some boiled kala chanas for this, of course. Some chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves, bhuna jeera, salt and a generous squeeze of lemon. That is all it takes to make a healthy breakfast. Breakfast foods like these will help keep the entire family fit even after the quarantine life. Moreover, a small bowl of kala chana chaat has a high satiety value that will keep you fuller for longer.

 How To Make Kala Chana Interesting?
Add chickpeas and rajma to your kala chana chaat to add textural variety.
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2) Kala Chana Shorba

Kale Chane Ka Shorba is probably one of the healthiest ways to consume these legumes. Soaked kala chanas, pressure cooked with chopped garlic, onions, and tomatoes. Grind it gently with a blender. Strain and enjoy. If you like chunky soups, skip the staining part. Season the shorba with salt and pepper. Add some lemon juice on top. You will be surprised by how delicious this is. Pair it with a hot buttered toast if you want to eat this soup for dinner.

 How To Make Kala Chana Interesting?
A hearty bowl of kala chana shorba is a lovely dinner option.
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3) Kala Chana Kebab

Have some leftover kala chana gravy? Turn them into kebabs. The first step is to dry up the gravy as much as you can. Grind it into a paste form in a mixer. Add 2-3 slices of bread to bind it all together. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste. Make small flat kebabs and cook them on a tawa till they form a crisp crust on both sides. Serve them with thin mini paranthas (Like Galouti is served with an ulte tawe ka parantha), a spicy mint chutney and onion rings. Restaurant-style kebabs made with leftovers? The family wouldn’t be able to guess!

 How To Make Kala Chana Interesting?
Melt in your mouth vegetarian kebabs made with leftover kala chanas.

4) Kale Chane Ki Biryani

Honestly, we were as curious as you are to try this one out. A chunky onion and tomato masala cooked with khada masalas and boiled kala chana. Let this mix simmer till all the masalas and juices are soaked up by the chanas. Alternatively, layer parboiled rice with this veggie mix and cook on dum for 10-15 minutes before serving. Garnish with some fried onions. So, if you are in the mood to cook something exclusive, do try this one out!

 How To Make Kala Chana Interesting?
A fragrant handi full of kala chana biryani is a winner on the dinner table.
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5) Tadka Kala Chana

One of the easiest and quickest ways to enjoy these healthy legumes is a tadka kala chana. A wok with hot oil, some jeera, juliennes of ginger, spices like amchur (dry mango powder) and coriander powder make for a quick and easy kala chana dish. You can eat them with hot puffed up puris and paranthas. A big plus point of this dish is that it requires very few ingredients.

 How To Make Kala Chana Interesting?
Tadka Kala Chana is easy to make and requires very few ingredients.

Have you tried any innovative kala chana recipes yet that we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comment box below!

Struggling to cook with limited resources? There is a lot in our kitchens even during this lockdown, all we need is a set of fresh ideas and suggestions to keep our menus interesting! Read these posts to help you choose what to cook for the next meal using regular staples like attasujimoong dalrice and potatoes. We will also give you tips on how to use common condiments like mayonnaise and spices like jeera and turmeric in your diet to maximise the usage of everyday products.

About The Author

Nishtha Asrani Sethi, born and brought up in Delhi, is a content writer who has previously worked with NDTV and Resolver. Her roots are deep within the food industry, thanks to her family business and a keen interest in contemporary food products. Nishtha loves to serve her articles with a side of humor. Her Bachelor’s degree in Home Science comes in handy while researching the science behind the food. When she is not trying to win a battle of fries vs fruit with her daughter, she is busy experimenting with her huge joint family with crazy recipes.

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  1. Can’t wait to cook chana in these amazing ways…

  2. Yes ! Perfect article ! Ideas to make life more interesting in these times of quarantine. Try out new dishes with old boring staple things at home. Thank you. Trying the Biryani today !

  3. I love kala chana kebabs. As a vegetarian it’s hard to find good options to cook tasty kebabs without any meat or egg. Kala chana, rajma, chana dal are all amazing

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