Kala Chola Pakistani-Style


'Kala Chola' is a Pakistani dish that can be served as a meal, with rice, or just on its own. It is made with kala chana, which is in the family of garbanzo beans. You can find them in Indian/Pakistani stores or in the Indian/Pakistani section of an international store. It is really tasty and very popular in my home. According to my mom (a diabetic), kala chana are high in fiber and low in fat. It is great for people with blood sugar problems. Serve by garnishing with onion and cilantro with basmati rice. Hope you all enjoy it.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
11 hrs 30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ½ cups dry black garbanzo beans (kala channa)

  • water to cover

  • 3 cups water

  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon ground red chile pepper

  • 4 dried red chile peppers (Optional)

  • water as needed

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion


  1. Place garbanzo beans in a large bowl. Pour enough water over the beans to cover by several inches. Soak 8 hours to overnight. Rinse and drain the garbanzo beans thoroughly.

  2. Combine garbanzo beans, 3 cups water, tomatoes, 1 finely chopped onion, jalapeno pepper, vegetable oil, salt, turmeric, ground red chile pepper, and dried whole chiles in a large pot over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until the garbanzo beans are tender, 3 to 4 hours, adding water as needed to keep about 1 inch of liquid at the bottom of the pot.

  3. Garnish with cilantro and 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

386 Calories
15g Fat
52g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 386
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Sodium 989mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 14g 50%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 18mg 90%
Calcium 123mg 9%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 754mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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