Khatta Channa ( a Punjabi Indian Speciality Chickpeas Dish)


  • 100g black channa, washed and soaked in plenty of water,overnight (black chickpeas, NOT white chickpeas)
  • 2tablespoons pure wessoncanola oil
  • 14teaspoon asafoetida powder
  • 14teaspoon ground fenugreek
  • 12teaspoon coriander powder
  • 12teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 12teaspoon red chili powder
  • salt
  • 1tablespoon gram flour
  • 12cup tamarind juice
  • 2 12-3cups water
  • 1tablespoon mango powder(amchur)


  1. Soak the black channa overnight in a large bowl with lots of water.
  2. The water level should be atleast 3 inches above the level of the black channa{chickpeas}.
  3. The next morning, drain out the water completely and wash the channa in a bowl of fresh and clean water.
  4. Now, put the washed channa in a large pot.
  5. Add water{should be 2-3 inches over the level of the chickpeas}.
  6. Boil the chickpeas on high heat.
  7. Heat oil in a pot.
  8. Add asafoetida, fenugreek, corriander, turmeric and red chilli powders with salt to taste.
  9. Mix well and stir-fry for a few seconds.
  10. Prepare tamarind water by dissolving a lemon-sized piece of tamarind in 1/2 cup of HOT water.
  11. Squeeze the tamarind ball really hard to let its juices flow into the water.
  12. Pass this through a strainer and into a bowl.
  13. Your tamarind water is ready.
  14. In a bowl, dissolve the gramflour in 3 tbsps.
  15. of water.
  16. Mix this really well ensuring that no lumps remain.
  17. Add this mixture and the tamarind water to the pot containing all the spice powders{masalas}.
  18. Stir well and bring to a boil.
  19. Lower flame, add the boiled chickpeas, dry mango powder and 2 1/2- 3 cups of water.
  20. Boil for 10-15 minutes on medium flame.
  21. Remove from flame.
  22. Serve hot over a bowl of white long-grain Basmati rice.
  23. Enjoy!

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