Sep 21, 2017

Kala Chana Masala | Black Chickpea Curry with Jeera Brown Rice

Chickpea or chaana is very protein rich legume which used world wide. You can serve chickpeas in any form salad to curry and dip to rice. You can made delicious curry with black chickpeas to serve along with rice or roti. I generally made jeera rice with black chickpea curry but this time I tried jeera brown rice to make my meal more nutritious.

You can add canned or boiled kala chana to salads to increase the protein and fiber content. Kala chana curry is a spicy Indian stew that uses kala chana, oil, tomatoes and other spices, such as ginger, red chili powder and coriander.

A cup of boiled kala chana contains 269 calories. It has 4 grams of total fat, with less than 1/2 gram of cholesterol-raising saturated fat. Beans are good plant-based sources of protein, and 1 cup of kala chana contains 15 grams of protein, or 30 percent of the daily value based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

Each cup of kala chana provides 13 grams of dietary fiber. Kala chana and other types of beans, lentils, fruits, vegetables and whole grains are good sources of fiber.

Kala Chana Masala | Black Chickpea Curry with Jeera Brown Rice

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 35 Minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Main Dish
Cuisine: Punjabi
Cooking Method: Pressure Cooker

2 Cups Black Chickpeas
4 Large Tomatoes, Diced
2 Large Onion, Finely Chopped
1 Tbsp. Ginger, Chopped
1 Tbsp. Garlic, Chopped
2 Green Chilies, Finely Chopped
3 Tbsps. Oil
Salt to Taste
Pepper Powder to Taste
Red Chili Powder to Taste
1 Tsp. Coriander Powder
1/2 Tsp. Garam Masala
1 Tsp. Cumin Seeds
1/4 Tsp. Asafoetida
2 Bay Leaf
2-3 Cloves
2 Black Cardamom
1 Tsp. Raw Mango Powder
Handful Fresh Coriander, Garnishing
Lemon Wedges For Garnishing

For Jeera Brown Rice
1 Cup Brown Rice
2 Tsp. Cumin Seeds
2 Bay Leaves
4-5 Cloves
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Salt to Taste
2 1/2 Cups Water

Wash and soak the black chickpeas or chana in water for 7-8 hours or overnight. Drain the water and rinse in fresh water.
Pour the chanas in pressure cooker with water and salt.
Now cook the chana in pressure cooker on high flame till to first whistle, after first whistle reduce the heat to low and cook around 30 minutes till to soft.
Now grind ginger, green chilies and tomatoes together in mixer to make smooth paste.
Heat the oil in deep pan, add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cloves, cardamoms and Asafoetida.
When they starts splutter, add chopped garlic and onions and saute till to translucent.
Add tomato puree, red chili powder, coriander powder, black pepper, garam masala, raw mango powder and cook till to oil starts releasing.
Add cooked chana with water and cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes on low flame.
Add fresh chopped coriander and serve hot with jeera rice.
Wash and soak the rice in water for 30 minutes at least.
Now heat the oil in pan, add cumin seeds, bay leaf and cloves.
Add water and rice together with salt.
Cover the pan and cook till to water absorbs or rice cooked.
Remove from the heat and serve jeera brown rice with cooked black chickpea curry.

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  1. Ah ! We love this meal , typical Panju meal ! Full of protein and iron , I love to eat radish and green chillies with it . The meal looks fantastic and served right at lunch time !

  2. We love kala chana and make it quite often. The curry looks very inviting and healthy too.

  3. Presentation looks amazing..wonderful meal Preeti

  4. Love the jeera rice and kala channa combo. Very tempting plate.

  5. Kala chana is one of my favourites. Love your presentation and your pics are stunning!

  6. I love kala chana and rice anytime. Love the photos, makes the preparation look so tempting.

  7. I use kala channa for sundals. This curry looks so good and what a delicious one to pair with rice. Awesome snaps Preeti..

  8. yummy meal here I just need chaas and I am at the dhabba. Lovely meal Preeti.

  9. This is so tempting. Beautiful Combo - Anlet Prince ( )

  10. Dunno why i love kala channa than the white channa, am sure this curry will definitely please my tastebuds.

  11. Kala chana and rice; I need some lemon juice to go with this platter. yummmm....


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