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Dhaba style Kala Chana

Kala chana makes a delicious accompaniment with any flat bread. It is ideal to eat as a snack too.

Course lunch ideas, Side Dish
Cuisine north indian
Keyword dhaba style kala chana, kala chana
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Soaking Time 8 hours
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Jayashree


  • 1 cup kala chana
  • 1 onion
  • 3 tomato
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chana masala
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon amchur powder
  • salt to taste
  • coriander for garnishing


  1. Wash the black chana and soak in water for six to eight hours. 
  2. Discard the water, add fresh water and pressure cook it for three whistles. 

  3. Chop the onion and tomato finely.
  4. Take oil in a pan, add cumin, once it splutters, add the onion.
  5. Tip in the grated ginger.

  6. Once the onion is light pink in colour, add the tomatoes to it. Saute it.

  7. Let the tomatoes be mushy, add a little water if needed. Throw in the spice powders, turmeric powder, chana masala, chilli, pepper and amchur powder. Put salt and give a mix. Let cook for two minutes.

  8. Remove the cooked beans, strain the water and put the beans into the pan. Let cook for sometime. Garnish with fresh coriander.