kala chana usal…. this is a malvani recipe of usal made with black chickpeas. basically usal is a curry dish made with legumes/sprouted legumes or mixed sprouted legumes and is had with pav (bread), chapati or rice.
the taste and flavors of this usal is different than the maharashtrian version as coconut and spices are ground to a smooth paste. i have not used malvani masala in this recipe, but garam masala. if available, then you can add either malvani masala or goda masala in the recipe. i have also used tirphal or timur (schezuan peppers) here. please skip adding tirphal if you don’t have them.
this kala chana usal recipe is my mom’s recipe which she learnt from one of her friends from malvan. my mom uses this basic coconut spice paste for making usals and also for making egg or chicken curries. the curry is so good that you can just have it with soft breads or buns/pavs.
this is a favorite recipe at home. i use the same recipe to make usal with different legumes and lentils. usal is generally served with pav and thats why usually called as usal pav. but you can have usal with bread, roti or rice. i have served this kala chana usal with pooris.
kala chana usal recipe below:
- ¾ cup black chana or kala chana
- 1 medium sized onion – slice half the onion and finely chop the remaining half
- 1 medium size tomato, chopped
- 3-4 garlic, chopped
- ½ inch ginger, chopped
- 1 tbsp coriander seeds
- ½ tbsp fennel seeds
- ¾ cup fresh grated coconut + 2 tbsp dessicated coconut
- 2-3 tirphal (optional)
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- ¾ to 1 tsp red chili powder
- ½ tsp garam masala powder or goda masala or malvani masala
- 1 or 1.5 tbsp oil
- 4 to 5 curry leaves (optional)
- salt as required
- soak the dried black chickpeas in enough water overnight or for 8-9 hours.
- in the same water pressure cook the chickpeas till they are completely cooked.
- add more water if required for pressure cooking the chickpeas.
- strain and reserve the chickpea stock.
- heat 1 tsp oil in a pan.
- add the sliced onions and saute till translucent.
- add the ginger, garlic, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, triphal and saute till the spices become aromatic
- lastly add the coconut and saute till the coconut becomes golden.
- keep on stirring for even browning and so that the mixture does not burn.
- when the mixture cools grind to a smooth paste with some water in a wet grinder.
- heat 1 or 1.5 tbsp oil in a pot or deep pan.
- saute half of the onion which we had finely chopped till they become translucent.
- add coconut masala paste & chopped tomatoes.
- saute for a minute.
- add the red chili powder, turmeric powder and garam masala and stir.
- add about 2 to 2.5 cups chickpea stock or water and stir.
- add 4-5 curry leaves, chopped potatoes and salt.
- simmer the usal till potatoes are cooked.
- add more water if required.
- the curry is of medium consistency and neither thick nor thin.
- garnish with coriander leaves and serve the kala chana usal hot with bread or rice or pooris.