Kala Chana Masala Recipe | Black Chickpea Curry

Kala Chana Masala or Black Chickpea Curry is a delicious, spicy, flavourful and very popular dish and forms essential part of the North Indian Cuisine. Kala Chana Masala is made by cooking boiled chickpeas in tomato gravy and spices.

This dish is often cooked during Navratras, an Indian festival. Hence, I have posted a recipe which has no garlic and onion. You can also add onion & garlic to it which makes it taste slightly different.

I make the gravy in the pressure cooker and then steam the chickpeas along with it, so that the spices get absorbed better and the tomatoes also become pureed. You can prepare the gravy separately as well.

Rich in nutrition

The Kala Chana recipe is a protein rich preparation and is quite rich source of dietary iron & folic acid. Kala Chana also has a low glycemic index which makes it perfect for a balanced healthy diet.

It also has other minerals like sodium, selenium, manganese and some anti-oxidants. This makes it ideal for growing children.

Serving suggestions

Kala Chana recipe can be accompanied by poori, roti, steamed rice and even Paranthas. On the occasion of Navratri, this dish is enjoyed together with puris & Aate ka Halwa, or Suji ka Halwa.

To make Kale Chane at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.

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Recipe Info

Servings: 4

CategoryMain Course

Cuisine: Indian

Total Time:

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Nutrition (per serving)



Carbohydrates: 12g

Protein: 3g

Ingredients For Kala Chana Masala Recipe

  • 1 Cup Kale Chane (Black Chickpeas)
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 2-3 Green Chillies
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger,
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Chana Masala
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chaat Masala
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dry Mango Powder (Amchur)
  • 1 Pinch of Asafoetida (Heeng)
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil

Step By Step Instructions With Photos for Kala Chana Masala Recipe

  • Wash the chickpeas and soak them in 3 cups of water overnight (at least 8 hours).

    Kala Chana Masala Recipe Step By Step Instructions 1
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. When the oil becomes hot, add cumin seeds and fry them. Add a pinch of Heeng (Asafoetida).

    Kala Chana Masala Recipe Step By Step Instructions 2
  • Add finely chopped Green Chillies and Ginger. Saute for a few seconds.

    Kala Chana Masala Recipe Step By Step Instructions 3
  • Add Haldi (Turmeric Powder), Red Chilli Powder, Chana Masala, Garam Masala, Chaat Masala, Amchur (Dry Mango Powder) and Salt to taste.

    Kala Chana Masala Recipe Step By Step Instructions 4
  • Saute the spices for a few seconds and add finely chopped tomatoes.

    Kala Chana Masala Recipe Step By Step Instructions 5
  • Cook the tomatoes for a few minutes.

    Kala Chana Masala Recipe Step By Step Instructions 6
  • When the gravy has cooked, add the chickpeas to the cooker along with 3 cups of Water. Pressure cook on high heat till you get 3 whistles. Cook for another 30 mins on medium flame.

    Kala Chana Masala Recipe Step By Step Instructions 8
  • You can mash some of the chickpeas with the back of the spoon to make the gravy a little thicker. Kala Chana Gravy is ready. Serve it hot with puri, roti, paratha or rice.

    Kala Chana Masala Recipe Step By Step Instructions

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