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Sukha Kala chana/ Dry black chickpeas

Sukha kala chana/ dry black chickpeas recipe

anubhav mahajan
Delicious Kale chane (Black chickpeas) made specifically for the festival of ashtami. No onion, no garlic, no tomato, yet very flavourful . Perfect side for any meal, and yummy with your pooris and halwa .
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr
Course main, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine ashtami, ashtami , kanjak, Indian, north indian, punjabi, navratri
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup kale chane / black chickpeas soaked overnight
  • 2 tsp mustard oil or any oil of your preference
  • a pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp grated ginger or ginger paste
  • salt as per taste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tsp amchoor powder (dry mango powder)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 cups water


  • In a pressure cooker heat mustard oil to a smoking point.Add Hing(asafoetida) , jeera (cumin seeds), ginger  (grated or paste), and saute till the raw aroma of ginger goes away.
  • Add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder.Give it a good mix.
  • Add water- just an inch over the chane (black chickpeas)., and pressure cook for about 35-40 minutes, on medium heat. 
  • Turn off the heat after 40 minutes, and let the pressure settle
  • Once the pressure is settled, open the cooker, and give the chana a stir. Open the lid and let simmer for another 10minutes , till the water evaporates. 
  • Once the chana have dried, add amchoor, a little garam masala and mix well.
  • Dry chickpeas are ready to be served for ashtami prasad, with pooris, halwa


Recipe Notes-

  • Mustard oil is most often heated in the pan, with no other ingredients, until it reaches a temperature where the first wisps of smoke appear (about 480°F/250°C). Immediately take it off the heat and allow to cool to a more reasonable frying temperature (around 360°F/180°C) before adding other ingredients. This procedure removes the acrid taste of the raw oil and renders it quite pleasant.
Keyword ashtami chane, black chickpeas, chickpeas,kale chane