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Kala Chana Masala/Sukhe Kale Chane (Spiced Brown Chickpeas)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 2 tablespoon light cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon amchoor powder
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups dried brown chickpeas soaked for at least 5-6 hours and boiled till tender
  • finely chopped fresh coriander leaves for garnish
  • wedges of fresh lemon for garnish


  • Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed pan and add in cumin seeds. As soon as they start to sizzle, sauté ginger, garlic and onions until lightly browned and tender.
  • Mix in spices, tomato paste and salt, and fry for a minute or two to mix well with the onions.
  • Add in cooked chickpeas, give it a good mix and cook covered to 2-3 minutes on low heat so that the flavours can penetrate throughout. Add in a splash of water and give it amix again if it starts to stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro and lemon wedges, and serve warm.