Black Chickpeas Curry

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Kaala chana or black chickpeas are cooked in a tasty recipe, kaal chana curry. An Indian spicy recipe of chickpeas cooked in a tasty onion based gravy. Relish with any Indian bread of your choice or rice.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 6


  • 1 cup kala channa / black chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 3 tomatoes, medium size, pureed
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 2onions , medium size, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves, powdered
  • 2 black cardamoms. peeled and seeds powdered
  • 15 cloves of garlic, make a paste
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp Coriander, finely chopped


Step 1.

Soak the Kala chana/ black chickpeas overnight.

Step 2.

Now take the soaked Kala chana / black chickpeas, finely chopped onions, four cups of water, salt and keep the pressure cooker on high flame till pressure is formed. After the pressure is formed reduce the heat and cook on low flame for twenty five minutes switch off the stove. When the pressure cooker cools to room temperature, check, kala chanas/ black chickpeas will be soft.  Set aside with the liquid.

Step 3.

Heat two table spoons of oil in a pan ,add pureed tomatoes and sauté on medium-low heat for about five minutes add grated ginger, coriander powder, clove, black cardamom powder, turmeric, chili powder and garlic paste and sauté for 5-6 minutes.

Step 4.

Add the kala chana / black chickpeas with its water into the above fried masala.  Cover and bring to boil, then simmer for at least ten to fifteen minutes.

Step 5.

Serve hot , garnished with finely chopped Dhaniya / Coriander/ Cilantro leaves with any Indian breads of your choice or boiled white rice.
Health benefits of black chickpeas:

Aids in Weight Loss: Inclusion of fiber rich foods in your diet can greatly contribute to weight loss. Black chickpeas are rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Cardiovascular Benefits: Black chickpeas contain a unique combination of antioxidants, anthocyanins, delphindin, cyanidin and petunidin as well as phytonutrients and ALA that maintain the health of blood vessels and prevent oxidative stress, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. Black chickpeas contain considerable amounts of folate and magnesium. Folate lowers the homocysteine levels thus minimizing the risk of narrowing of arteries by plaque formation, blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.
Lowers Cholesterol: The soluble fiber in black chickpeas binds the bile acids and prevents them from being absorbed by the body, thus reducing cholesterol levels. Daily consumption of around ¾ cup of chickpeas helps to decrease LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol triglycerides. Moreover, the dietary fiber of black chick peas is superior to that found in other foods.
Stabilizes Blood Sugar and Low Glycemic Index (GI): The soluble fiber in black chickpeas controls the absorption and release of blood sugar. Moreover, chickpeas have low glycemic index of 28 to 32 which means that the carbohydrate in them is broken down and digested slowly. This aids in weight loss by controlling appetite. The low GI causes blood sugar to rise moderately and slowly leading to lower blood sugar levels. Consuming ½ a cup of black chickpeas a day is effective in controlling blood sugar in just a week.
Prevention of Diabetes: As already stated, the carbohydrates in legumes such as black chickpeas are digested slowly, thus reducing the blood sugar levels. This contributes to insulin resistance, thereby reducing the risk of getting type-2 diabetes.
Great Source of Iron: Being a rich source of iron, black chickpeas can prevent anemia and boost your energy levels.
Good Source of Protein for Vegetarians: Black chickpeas are an alternative source of protein for vegetarians as these legumes in combination with whole grain or whole wheat protein, provide significant amounts of protein which are comparable to that of meat and dairy as well as devoid of high calories or saturated fats.
Beneficial for Women: The phytonutrients called saponins act as antioxidants to reduce the risk of breast cancer, prevent osteoporosis.
Treatment of Digestive Disorders: Black chickpeas are rich in dietary fiber, 2/3rd of which comprises of insoluble fiber which is vital for maintaining the health of digestive tract. Reduces the risk of cancer, particularly colon cancer.
Skin Benefits of Black Chickpeas: Black chickpeas are rich in folates, dietary fiber, protein, carbohydrates, copper, iron and phosphorus and devoid of sodium and cholesterol. They can be beneficial to your skin in the many ways.
Promotes Hair Growth: Black chickpeas contain vitamin B6 and zinc. Both these minerals play an important role in building up the protein in hair, thereby strengthening your hair follicles and promoting hair growth.
Combats Hair Loss: The combination of vitamin A and zinc in black chickpeas are vital for hair health and deficiency of any one of these in the diet can cause dandruff and hair loss.
Treatment of Dandruff: In order to get rid of dandruff, you can mix 4 tablespoons of black chickpea flour in around 250 ml water and massage your hair with it for a couple of minutes before washing.
Prevents Graying of Hair: Black chickpeas are loaded with protein and manganese. Manganese prevents your hair from changing pigmentation i.e. graying of hair.


Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

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