Friday, May 4, 2012

Jaisalmeri Kala chana

A few days ago my refrigerator looked like there was a famine in my area. There was not a single vegetable in the house. And to me, this is nothing less than a disaster. The situation was so bad that I was even out of my hara moong that is usually stocked up. I was so frustrated that I could have screamed. I had even told S to eat his lunch out the next day. It was when I was cleaning the kitchen in the night, that I noticed this small unopened packet of black chick peas lying in the corner of the cupboard. I remembered this recipe for Jaisalmeri Kala chana that I had read in a magazine a long time back. I decided to try it out the next day. 

In this curry, the chick peas are cooked in a yogurt based gravy. The yogurt apart from imparting a mild tang to the gravy, also gives  a velvety texture to the curry. The flavors of this gravy is mildly enhanced by the use of some fragrant spices. Even though, this curry goes great with rotis, I found that it tasted even better with steamed rice.

Jaisalmeri Kala chana recipe:
Preparation time: 15min+ soaking time
Cooking time: 15min
Serves- 4

Kala chana or black chick peas- 1 cup
Thick yogurt- 1-1/2 cup
Haldi or turmeric- 1/4tsp
Chick pea flour or besan- 2 tbsp
Ginger- 1/2" piece crushed
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Hing or asafotida- a pinch
Paprika powder- 1/2 tsp
Green chilli- 1. slit
Coriander powder- 1/2tsp
Garam masala- 1/4tsp
Salt to taste
Oil or ghee- 2tbsp
Coriander leaves to garnish


  • Pressure cook the soaked channa with some salt for 4-5 whistles or till cooked completely. Crush the chick peas slightly and keep aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, besan, turmeric, coriander powder and paprika powder and whisk well to remove any lumps and keep aside.
  • Heat oil or ghee in a wok and add the cumin seeds. Fry till they are brown and add the crushed ginger hing and green chilly and fry for a min.
  • Add the cooked chick peas, and salt and mix well.
  • Add the yogurt mixture and the garam masala and stir continuously till the mixture thickens.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or rotis.

This delicious curry is my contribution to Priya's My legume love affair event. Which was started my Susan.


  1. Jaiselmeri kala chana looks super irresistible,creamy and fabulous,wish to grab and finish the plate with rice..

  2. Beautiful clicks dear...Never tried this version..Looks very creamy and rich.

  3. Wow, that looks delicious. Thanks for linking it to my event. Could you please also send me an email with the details requested?

  4. Wow, that's a recipe to try for sure, looks so creamy and very well clicked dear. Glad, you found that hidden pack of chana :).



  5. Looks yummy. never heard of this recipe.


  6. I love this style of curry, good alternative to the usual chana masala.

  7. My fridge is perpetually I know what you mean. I'm impressed you came up with this when you had so little to work with!

    Hope you are having a great weekend!

  8. I love anything with beans in it!! This looks delicious. I can totally picture it being made with a thick and creamy vegan, peanut yogurt. :)

  9. Thank you for congratulating me for the DBLGIT win :)
    Channa looks so good and unique recipe, never had this way! Wish to have with roti now...wonderful clicks :)

  10. That Kala Chana masala looks great, beautiful pics too!

  11. Nandita .. you taught me something new today. I never heard of this dish before!
    I have chaana at home but the green ones and I am gonna try this.

  12. I am glad you liked the recipe Kankana. Give it a try and let me know how it came out :)

  13. delicious preparation....loved the choice of spices !!!!!

  14. Kaala chole has always been my preferred chole - garbanzo the white ones I associate with hummus nowadays :) that curry loos outstanding :) would love to taste!

  15. Aww..I got to try this! My recipes with kala chana are limited, so always looking for new ones like these! Thanks, dear! Pinning it..

  16. Lovely recipe Nandita. I made it today and loved it.

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