Rating: 5 stars
2 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
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  • 1 star values: 0

Classic Indian Kala Chana recipe. A bit tart, but very wholesome. Great source of protein for a vegans. Can be served with either chapati/roti or basmati rice.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 20 mins
additional:
1 day
total:
1 day
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Sort and clean chickpeas and wash them under cold water; drain. Combine chickpeas, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and baking soda in a large bowl; add 1 quart water. Soak chickpeas for 24 hours; drain.

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  • Combine onion, garlic, and ginger in a blender; add 3 tablespoons water. Blend mixture at high speed until a smooth paste forms.

  • Heat vegetable oil in a 4-quart pot over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida; cook and stir until asafoetida expands and cumin seeds darken, about 1 minute. Stir onion paste into cumin mixture, taking great care to avoid splattering. Cook and stir mixture until well mixed and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir chickpeas, potatoes, 1 teaspoon salt, coriander, garam masala, turmeric, and cayenne pepper into onion-cumin mixture; add 2 cups water. Bring liquid to a boil and cover pot; reduce heat and gently simmer for 1 hour. Stir tamarind paste into chickpea mixture; cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes more.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of soaking water with salt and baking soda. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

320 calories; protein 9.8g; carbohydrates 52.2g; fat 9.2g; sodium 713.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (2)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2016
Fragrant and flavourful dish that doesn't hide the taste of the black chana. Lovely served with roti. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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2 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2016
Fragrant and flavourful dish that doesn't hide the taste of the black chana. Lovely served with roti. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2020
Was great curry Read More