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Sukhe Kala Chana (Ashtami Prasad)

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Sukhe Kala Chana is a protein rich filling side, typically enjoyed as bhog or prasad for Navratri. This however can be enjoyed as a snack, salad or a small meal for your breakfast or lunch. 

Sukhe Kale Chana is served in a white bowl. Some flowers seen in the background
Sukhe Kale Chana

What is kale chana

Kale chana or brown chickpeas is believed to be a good source of dietary fiber, and hence helps in digestion on weight loss, keeping you full for longer. It is a great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. Many more benefits associated with this legume.

Budget friendly kale chana

Instead of buying the tins, which have preservatives added and also a bit costly to buy, I would advise to buy in the dry form. They stay good for long in proper storage. Also, they almost triple in quantity after being soaked. So a little goes a long way. 

Soaking Kale Chana

A little planning is needed when cooking this chana or any legume. One needs to soak them and cook. Yes there are ways to do Instant cooking, but I always suggest soaking and using legumes for health reasons. It’s up to you.

Sukhe Kale Chana is served in a white bowl. Some flowers are seen in the background
Sukhe Kale Chana

Cooking Kale Chana or Brown Chickpeas

One can cook this black chickpeas in an Instant pot, or stove-top pressure cooker within no time. They can be cooked in an open-pot too, just it would need more time then pressure cooking.

Recipe of Sukhe kale chana

The recipe for sukhe kale chana uses just a few ingredients and it is a typical recipe which is used to make bhog for Ashtami. It is offered along with halwa and puri.

Kale chana is soaked for 6-7 hours or overnight. It is then cooked along with some water and salt. A tempering of cumin seeds is done in oil and added to the chana or vice versa. The chana is then simmered a little, so that any excess water is dried out.

One can add turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder if you add this to your food for puja or just keep it simple.

Variations to Sukhe Kala Chana

There are many variations to this, or if you have leftovers you can make this Maharashtrian style Kale Chane ki Amti. Add some veggies and make a salad like this Kabuli Chana Salad or this Red Kidney Beans and Black Chickpeas Kebab. Grind them to a smooth batter and make protein-rich chila or dosa or crepes.

Sukhe Kale Chana is served in a white bowl. Some flowers are seen in the background
Sukhe Kale Chana

Storage or shelf life

They stay good in the fridge for 3-4 days. One can freeze it and use it later too. While freezing I like to freeze the soaked and uncooked ones. When needed I simply cook and use them.

Dietary Suggestions

This is Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Nut-Free. 

Sukhe Kale Chana is served in a white bowl. Some flowers are seen in the background

Sukhe Kala Chana (Ashtami Prasad)

Sukhe Kala Chana is a protein-rich filling side, typically enjoyed as bhog or prasad for Navratri. It can be enjoyed as a post-workout snack, salad or meal.
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Festival Special Recipes, Post Workout Snack, Prasad, Protein Rich Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Brown Chickpeas – dry
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder Skip if you do not eat for bhog
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 green chilies optional
  • 4 cups Water required to soak chickpeas
  • 2 cups Water required to boil chickpeas

Instructions

Cooking Chickpeas or Chana

  • Clean and rinse the chickpeas well
    1 Cup Brown Chickpeas
  • Soak them in enough water for 6-7 hours or overnight
    4 cups Water
  • Once soaked boil the chickpeas in an open pot, stove-top pressure cooker, or Instant Pot.
    1 Cup Brown Chickpeas, 2 cups Water

Tempering Chickpeas or Chana

  • Once the chickpeas are done, remove and drain the water.
  • The water can be used as stock. Do not discard it, it is very nutritious.
  • In a pan, add oil.
    1 teaspoon oil
  • Once hot add cumin seeds and let it splutter.
    1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • Once done add turmeric powder and green chilies.
    ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder, 1-2 green chilies, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Add cooked chickpeas and salt and mix everything.
    ½ teaspoon salt
  • Cook this for 2-3 minutes.
  • Enjoy.

Notes

  • Standard US-size cups and spoons used.
  • Measurements are rough guidelines. One can change accordingly.
  • Chickpeas will almost triple in size. So, make it accordingly.
  • Coriander powder and Dry mango (Amchur) powder can be added too to give it a nice taste and texture.
 
 
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Nutrition Facts
Sukhe Kala Chana (Ashtami Prasad)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
Sodium 230mg10%
Potassium 247mg7%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0.3g0%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 97IU2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.

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