Black chickpeas curry | Kala chana curry | how to make punjabi kala chana masala recipe

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Black chickpeas curry | Kala channa curry | how to make punjabi kala chana masala recipe

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Black chickpeas curry

  • Author: Nithya Ravikumar
  • Prep Time: 540 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 575 minutes


  • Black chana dal- 1 cup
  • Ghee- 1 tbs
  • Cumin seeds- 1tsp
  • Onions- 2 medium size.
  • Garlic- 6 cloves
  • Green chilli- 2
  • Tomatos- 2 medium size
  • Redchilli powder- 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala- 1tsp.
  • Hing- just a pinch.
  • Salt- to taste.
  • Coriander leaves- 1 small bunch.
  • Lemon juice- 1 tsp.
  • water- 3 cups.


  1. Soak the black channa dal for 8 to 9 hours.
  2. Heat up the pan add in ghee, add in cumin seeds and onions and sauté till it turns translucent.
  3. Add in chopped garlic and chilli and sauté it for 2 mins.
  4. Add in tomatoes and sauté till it turns light mushy.
  5. Add in chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, hing, salt and sauté till the raw smell disappears.
  6. Now, add the soaked black channa dal along with water, sprinkle some coriander leaves and pressure cook for 8-9 whistles.
  7. Once it is cooked, finally add in garam masala and lemon juice.
  8. Serve hot with chapati, naan, bread.


DSC_4562Soak black chana dal for 8 hours

DSC_4563Add in ghee.

DSC_4566Add in cumin seeds.

DSC_4568Add in onions and cook till it turns translucent.

DSC_4569Add in garlic and red chilli sauté for 2 mins.

DSC_4570Add in tomatoes and cook for 3 mins.

DSC_4571Now add in chilli powder.

DSC_4572Add in turmeric powder.

DSC_4575Add in a pinch of hing and cook till the raw smell disappears.

DSC_4578Add in salt.

DSC_4579Add in channa dal with water.

DSC_4580Sprinkle some coriander leaves and pressure cook for 7 to 8 whistle.

DSC_4593Once it is cooked, add in the garam masala powder.

DSC_4596Squeeze 1tsp of lemon.

Black chana dal gravy is ready to be served with chapati, poori, naan or bread.


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