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Black Chana Masala (Kala Chana Masala)

Black Chana Masala (Kala Chana Masala)

Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Soak time 8 hrs
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Cuisine India
Servings 2
Calories 260 kcal


  • 300g black chickpeas (Kala Chana)
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes cut into small cubes
  • 2 small tomatoes cut into cubes
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • Fresh coriander leaves and green chillies for garnish
  • 3-4 tablespoons oil
  • Salt to taste


  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 green cardamom
  • 2-3 dried red chillies
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder


  • Soak the black chickpeas overnight. Then wash them very well and cook with abundant water and salt.
  • Cook them for 45 minutes or until they are soft. Remove from the heat and strain.
  • Put a pan with oil on medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the whole spices: bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon and dried red chillies.
  • Wait a few seconds and add the onion. Fry until golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the ground spices: turmeric, cumin, coriander, and red chilli powder. Add a little water so that the spices do not burn.
  • Sauté everything until the oil separates from the spices. Add tomatoes, potatoes, and salt. Fry for a few seconds and add the cooked chickpeas.
  • Mix everything and continue frying for a few minutes. Add a glass of water, mix, and adjust the salt. Cover the pan and let it cook on medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes or until everything is well cooked and integrated.
  • Sprinkle with freshly chopped coriander leaves and green chillies.
  • Serve with Chapati or any type of bread you like.