kala chana masala

How to make Kala chana masala/Black chickpeas curry

Kala chana masala is a Spicy, Tangy, and Chatpata snack that gets your taste buds tingling!

Kala chana masala/Black chickpeas curry

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 10 minutesTotal time: 40 minutesServings:6 servings


This is a flavorful and zesty dry chickpea preparation! Chock full of protein and fiber and great for weight loss as well! I also shared a quick snack you can make with kala chana and puffed rice 🙂


  • Masala mix

  • With Muri/Murmurs/Puffed Rice


  1. Soak 3 cups of black chick peas (kala chana) in water overnight
  2. Drain the water and pour the chana into a pressure cooker
  3. Add enough water to cover the chickpeas
  4. Let this cook for 20 minutes on medium heat or for two whistles
  5. Don’t force the steam out of the pressure cooker, wait till you can open the lid normally
  6. Drain the water from the chickpeas and keep it aside
  7. Add 1 tablespoon oil to a pan set on medium heat
  8. Add cumin seeds, curry leaves and slit green chillies
  9. Give it a quick stir
  10. At the pre-boiled chickpeas, mix well and stir fry for three or four minutes
  11. At the dry masala and mix well
  12. Add ghee and stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes
  13. Add salt to taste
  14. Mix thoroughly and add fresh lime juice
  15. Add approximately half of the coriander leaves and mix well
  16. Turn off the heat and garnish with the remaining coriander leaves and finely chopped red onion
  17. Kala chana with puffed rice (muri or murmura)

  18. Add 1.5 tablespoons of oil to a pan set on medium heat
  19. Add half a teaspoon of kalonji or black caraway seeds, half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and 3 cups of puffed rice
  20. Stir fry till the puffed rice gets nice and crispy (this will take approximately three minutes)
  21. Add salt to taste, 1/4 teaspoon of amchur (dry mango powder), 1/4 teaspoon of chaat masala and mix well
  22. Add 1 cup of the chana masala
  23. Mix well


  • This can be eaten either as a side dish with rice/roti or as a snack!
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