Black chana is predominantly used during religious ceremonies. It is usually made as a spicy usal or sundal and served during poojas and ceremonies. Ganesh puja, Naga chauti and during Mangal Gowri puja it is prepared. Today is Naga Chauti and thought I will post the recipe of kadale kalu usli  / black chana sundal. It is tasty and can be prepared more often as a snack or accompaniment.

Kala chana is dark brown and smaller in size than yellow chick peas. It needs to be soaked overnight for eight hours.

The Hindu month of Shravan brings in a lot of festivities. Time to worship the Lord and celebrate with family and friends. Much as we try to move from our  civilisation, our thoughts will not permit to, we want to continue with the rituals and poojas but we cannot do as much as our parents and grand parents have done. Let’s worship and do in the best possible way. Happy celebrations ahead.

kadale kalu usli
Kadale kalu usli

 

Kadale Kalu Usli/ Black Chana Sundal

Ingredients:

  • 250 grams black chana
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 green chilly
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • a few curry leaves
  • 1 bowl fresh coconut
  • coriander leaves for garnishing
  • 1/2 lemon

Method:

  1. Wash the black chana and soak it overnight.
  2. Next day, drain the water, rinse it and put fresh water to it. Cook it in pressure cooker for three whistles.
  3. Take a pan and make the seasoning. To make the seasoning, put oil. Add mustard seeds, as it crackles, put the green chilly, asafoetida, turmeric powder and curry leaves.
  4. Remove the whistle. Drain the water and put the cooked chick peas.
  5. Add salt and mix well.
  6. Put the grated coconut and heat for sometime.
  7. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  8. Adding of lemon juice is optional.

Take a tip:

  1. Adjust quantity of brown chana as per your need. This quantity is big and serves eight people.
Kadale kalu usli
Kadale kalu usli

Kadale kalu usli/ Black chana sundal

Kadale kalu usli is a spicy dish that can be served as a snack or accompaniment. It is prepared during Naga Chauti and Ganesh puja. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 250 grams black chana
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 4 green chilly cut into pieces
  • few curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut
  • 1/2 lemon
  • coriander leaves for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Wash the black chana and soak it for eight hours.

  2. Drain the water, rinse and put fresh water to it.

  3. Cook it in a pressure cooker for three whistles.

  4. Take a pan and add oil. Put the mustard seeds, as it crackles, put asafoetida, turmeric, green chilly and curry leaves.

  5. Remove the whistle, drain the water and put the cooked black chana to it.

  6. Add salt and mix it.

  7. Put grated coconut and heat for sometime.

  8. Garnish with fresh coriander.

  9. Lemon juice is optional.

Recipe Notes

  • Soaking of black chana for seven to eight hours is essential.
  • Adjust the quantity of black chana as per your need. Soaked chana can be kept in the refrigerator.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. Would this be available outside of India? It would be interesting to cook, but being in Ireland I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find it- I may have to do a bit of digging in some specialist shops!

  2. That sounds delicious, looking forward to being able to try out the recipe. What other dishes would you serve it with? Could I serve it with other Indian dishes as part of a banquet style meal?

    • Thanks for stopping by. You can eat it as a snack or it can be served with chapati or puri. We also eat it as an accompaniment with steamed rice and dal.

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