Kala Chana (Black Chickpea) Masala

Kala Chana, also known as black chickpeas, are full of health benefits and are really nutritious. The best bit is they are full of flavour too.

I love eating them in a spicy gravy and here is my recipe.


  • 1 tin Kala chana, drained
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon dhana jeeru
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 500 ml water
  • 2 tablespoons oil


  1. In a kadai, heat 2 tablespoons oil on medium heat.
  2. Add the cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds and let these sizzle.
  3. Now add the onions and green chilli, and cook for 6 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for 2 minutes.
  5. Now add the chopped tomatoes and all the spices and salt except for garam masala.
  6. Add the kala chana and water and mix well.
  7. Cover the lid and let this cook for 15 minutes.
  8. Add more water if needed, to make it slightly runny.
  9. Now add the garam masala and sugar and mix well.
  10. Let this cook for a further 5 minutes and then serve hot.


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  1. Love it!!! I’ll be making this 🙂 x

    Posted 3.4.16 Reply
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