kala chana recipe | black chana masala recipe | punjabi kala chana gravy recipe

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kala chana curry recipe - mildly spiced black chickpeas curry made in punjabi style.
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kala chana gravy recipe with step by step photos – this simple and delicious punjabi style black chana masala gravy is very easy to make and yet flavorful. basic ingredients like onions, tomatoes and garlic along with the regular indian spices go into it. this delicious black chickpeas curry is made quite often at home.

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i have learnt this kala chana masala recipe from my mother in law. her recipes are always easy and made with basic ingredients. some of her easy recipes i have shared before are:

  1. punjabi rajma
  2. dal makhani
  3. aloo gobi
  4. aloo methi
  5. easy chole recipe

this kala chana gravy has a thin soup like consistency and is not thick or creamy. it can be relished as a soup or even had with steamed rice or chapatis. they actually go very well with plain steamed rice and this combo is filling too.

while making chana recipes, always soak the chickpeas overnight to soften them. when we make black chickpeas we don’t throw the water and use it for cooking. whereas for white chickpeas, we discard the water which is used for soaking them.

i suggest to cook black chickpeas in a pressure cooker rather than cooking in a pot. in a pressure cooker, the chickpeas cook much much faster than in a pot, which takes hours.

if you like black chickpeas, then you can also have a look at a dry curry version which we call sookha kala chana and is made during the navratri vrat pooja in north india. you can also check this spicy kadala kari recipe from the kerala cuisine and this ghugni recipe from the bihari cuisine.

black chickpeas are a rich source of protein and is excellent for growing up kids and people who are into sports or need lots of energy. black chickpeas should be cooked really well. they might be difficult to digest for some folks. hence adding cumin and asafoetida help in the digestion.

if you are looking for more chana recipes then do check:

kala chana recipe below:

kala chana recipe, black chana masala recipe, punjabi kala chana gravy recipe
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kala chana recipe | black chana masala recipe | punjabi kala chana gravy recipe

kala chana curry recipe - mildly spiced black chickpeas curry made in punjabi style.
course main course
cuisine north indian, punjabi
prep time 9 hours
cook time 30 minutes
total time 9 hours 30 minutes
servings 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for soaking kala chana (black chickpeas)

  • 1 cup of kala chana (dried black chickpeas) - rinsed & soaked overnight or for 8 to 9 hours
  • 2.5 cups water for soaking black chickpeas

other ingredients for kala chana recipe

  • 2 tablespoons ghee or oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (jeera)
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes or 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped (lahsun)
  • 1 to 2 green chilli, finely chopped (hari mirch)
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder or degi mirch
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ to 1 cup water or as required for the gravy
  • salt as required
  • ½ teaspoon punjabi garam masala or regular garam masala powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves for garnishing (optional)

how to make recipe

soaking kala chana

  1. rinse black chickpeas a couple of times in water. 

  2. then add 2.5 cups water and soak the black chickpeas or kala chana overnight or for 8 to 9 hours.

making kala chana recipe

  1. in a pressure cooker, add 2 tablespoon ghee or oil.

  2. add cumin. let them crackle and then add finely chopped onions.

  3. sauté onions till they become light golden.

  4. add garlic, green chilli and saute for 10 to 12 seconds .

  5. add finely chopped tomatoes and saute them till the oil starts leaving from the sides of the onion-tomato masala.
  6. add turmeric powder, asafoetida, kashmiri red chili powder and saute for 2 to 3 seconds.

  7. then add the kala chana along with all of the soaked water. additionally also add ½ to 1 cup water as per the consistency you want. season with salt and stir well.

  8. pressure cook chana on a medium to high flame for 8 to 9 whistles or more till the kala chana are cooked well and softened.

  9. lastly sprinkle the garam masala and stir. garnish punjabi kala chana gravy with coriander leaves.

  10. serve the black chana masala gravy  with steamed rice, rotis or chappati.

how to make kala chana recipe:

1. rinse 1 cup black chickpeas (kala chana) a couple of times in water. then add 2.5 cups water and soak the kala chana overnight or for 8 to 9 hours.

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2. in a pressure cooker, add 2 tablespoons ghee or oil.

making kala chana recipe, making black chana masala recipe

3. add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera). let them crackle.

making kala chana recipe, making black chana masala recipe

4. once the cumin seeds crackle, then add 1 medium sized onion (finely chopped).

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5. saute the onions till they become light golden.

making kala chana gravy recipe

6. add 4 to 5 garlic cloves (finely chopped) and 1 to 2 green chilies (finely chopped).

making kala chana curry recipe

7. saute for 10 to 12 seconds .

preparing kala chana gravy recipe

8. add 2 medium tomatoes or 1 large tomato (finely chopped).

making kala chana recipe

9. saute them till the oil starts leaving from the sides of the onion-tomato masala. the tomatoes will also soften.

making kala chana recipe

10. then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 pinch of asafoetida and ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder.

making kala chana recipe

11. saute for 2 to 3 seconds.

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12. then add the kala chana along with all of the soaked water. additionally add ½ to 1 cup water or add as required.

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13. season with salt as required and stir well.

kala chana recipe, black chana masala recipe, kala chana gravy recipe

14. pressure cook kala chana on a medium to high flame for 8 to 9 whistles or more till the kala chana are cooked well and softened. the chana should soften and be cooked well. if there is too much of liquid in the gravy, then cook the chana without the lid, till some water evaporates. you can also mash a few chana pieces for the gravy to thicken.

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15. when you get the desired consistency in the black chana gravy, then lastly sprinkle ½ teaspoon garam masala. mix well.

kala chana recipe, black chana masala recipe, kala chana gravy recipe

16. add 1 tablespoon coriander leaves (optional) to punjabi kala chana curry.

kala chana recipe, black chana masala recipe, kala chana gravy recipe

17. serve the black chana masala gravy hot with steamed rice, rotis or chappati.kala chana recipe, black chana masala recipe, kala chana gravy recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. I made this twice now and it turned out absolutely delicious. Such a great recipe and one that doesn’t require lots of ingredients. So healthy too. I put a bit of besan (chickpea flour) in it to thicken it up a bit. Five stars. Thank you Dasana!

    • thanks a lot ruby. of course to thicken some besan can be added. happy cooking.

  2. Hi Dasana I tried this recipie and it tasted great everybody liked it even my kids loved it ,,,,, thank you for the recipie

    • welcome kavita. glad to know this.

  3. There is no Limit to number of recipes of yours I have tried since I shifted to aust and I didn’t even know A of cooking. May be know I’m somewhere midway and quite experienced in my past six months is cooking experience by testing your recipes. I love them. Indeed the one with pictures are more informative but you are my google to cooking. I don’t have to bug my mummy at early morning times now due to time diff. Thank you

    • Welcome Neha. Glad to know that you are liking the recipes and they are helping you. Thanks for sharing your positive feedback. Happy cooking.

  4. I cannot thank you enough for these amazing recipes!!! As always, this one was perfect as well!! Simple, yet so flavorful!!

    • Welcome Prajakti. Nice to know that you liked the recipe.

  5. Thank u for the recipe..the taste turned out great..but thing is…the curry is watery..i want it to be a little thick..what should I do??

    • this curry is slightly watery. you can mash some chana and let it cook with then curry. take a handful of chana and grind in a blender or mixer with the curry stock. then add it to the curry and simmer till the curry becomes thick. or else you can mash with a spoon or masher. another option is to add mashed potatoes to thicken the curry.