Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kabuli Chanay ka Salan ( White Chickpeas Curry )

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Kabuli Chanay ka Salan ( White Chickpeas Curry ) ... Chanay ka Salan, Sooji ka halwa & Poori is a very popular Sunday brunch in Pakistan. For making the Channa Masala, the chickpeas are soaked overnight and cooked in a thick spicy curry with onion, tomato & spices. Enjoy this delicious dish with Poori, Naan or Chapati!

Kabuli Chanay ka Salan ( White Chickpeas Curry )
* Prep. Time : 15 minutes plus for soaking
* Cooking Time : 1 to 1 1/2 hours
* Serves : 12

Ingredients :
  • 250 gm. Channa ( Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans)
  • 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • 50 gm. Masoor daal ( Red lentils ), washed
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. white cumin seeds
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 4-5 whole black pepper
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2" cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of nigella seeds ( kalonji )
  • 1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. coriander powder
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp. red chilli powder
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 2 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
Method :
  • Soak the chickpeas overnight or at least 5-6 hours in enough water ( Remember that it almost doubles, so add enough water ).  
  • Now drain the water from chickpeas. Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda, mix well. Cover and keep aside for an hour.  
  • After an hour, wash thoroughly with water. 

  • Heat oil in a large pan. Add the onions, fry until it turns to golden. 
  • Add cumin seeds, cloves, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nigella seeds and ginger garlic paste. Stir-fry the mixture for few seconds.
  • Add turmeric, coriander powder, chilli powder, salt and a little water to prevent the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pan. 
  • Add the tomatoes and ( 1/2 cup ) water. Cover and cook on medium heat until the tomatoes are softened.
  • Keep frying, stirring frequently until the oil begins to separate. 
  • Drain the oil from the curry and keep aside. 
  • Add the chick peas, red lentils and water (1 litre or as required) to the curry. 
  • Mix well, cover and allow to cook on low heat until they are tender but still retain their shape.
  • Mash the chick peas slightly to thicken the sauce. 
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce is thickened according to your liking. 
  • Transfer the chickpeas to a serving dish, pour the oil drained from curry. 
  • Sprinkle with garam masala, fresh coriander leaves and chopped green chilies. 
  • Serve hot with hard-boiled eggs, salad & Chapati / Naan / Poori.
Note : 
Chickpeas need a long cooking time ( about 1 to 1 1/2 hours ). This process can be speeded up in a pressure cooker. Use half the quantity of water.

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Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!


  1. very well recipe,now i understand well how gravy get more thick :)
    Thanks for the recipe

  2. Thank you Khadija for your quick comment and hope you will try it someday :)

  3. perfect gravey and tempting curry

  4. Kabuli chana looks delicious. loved your garnishing. All i want now is some hot parathas to finish this bowl :-)

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. Never combined chickpeas and masoor dhal... very innovative. The addition of white cumin seeds and kalonji is refreshing and different from the usual spice mix:) loved it..

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  7. Kabuli chana is my favorite.. loved the wsy you prepared it..nice presentation..

    Sunanda's Kitchen

  8. This chickpea curry looks absolutely delicious!

  9. so innovative and very interesting recipe !!

  10. yummy chick peas curry..tempting one!!

  11. Lovely recipe! thanks for sharing and have a great week!

  12. Chick peas is my fav legume...and combining it with masoor daal sounds great..well made Ambreen.

  13. Good combination.. Yummy looking recipe...

  14. Tempting and delicious curry..perfect with rotis..

  15. This is a delicious dish! I will give it a try soon. I am sure my family will like it very much!

  16. Ambreen, your chickpea dish looks delicious with all the spices in it...will have to try it soon. Hope you are having a great week :-)

  17. looks great!!!!!!!!!
    its a yummy combo for puri.....
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  18. I love that thick, delicious curry! All the spices in there sound fantastic!

  19. perfect gravy and tempting curry !! Beautiful clicks....

  20. YUM! Love kala cholay! this looks fantastic!

  21. yummy and delicious curry ....... happy to follow u .....

  22. Yum, love this version, looks superb !!!
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  23. Thank you so much everyone! You are all so kind :)

  24. This looks amazing. Healthy and delcious.

  25. Ive never tried masoor dal and channa together... this is an interesting recipe .. will try it the next time i make channa masala

  26. Delicious curry!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  27. This really looks delicious. I know I would love this dish. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  28. nice chickpeas recipe,
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  29. This looks delicious...I love chick peas and the curry flavor sounds wonderful! :)

  30. Thank you so much to all of you for liking this post :)

    Thank you Chaya, Sachin & Tammy for visiting my blog. Glad you liked the post. Thanks Tammy for following back :)

  31. Loved this. Yummy and delicious gravy.

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  33. Chick peas and masoor dhal?! New combination.looks delicious!

  34. Thank you Zareena & Mahi for your kind comments :)

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  36. Thank you D+B for visiting me and for your nice words. Thanks for following ....Will surely check yours :)

  37. Nice kabli chana recipe...recently I have also tried two recipes....if time permits check them out in my blog

  38. Thank you so much for liking it. Will check yours soon, hope to see you again :)

  39. Hey this looks soooo mouthwatering! I'm drooling.... sachi!

  40. Thank you Nashira as always for your kind comment :)

  41. Yum i made this today and turned out just perfect. Thank you for sharing! :)

  42. Yum i made this today and it was so delicious and there were no leftovers lol

    1. Thank you Maliha for trying it out & for the positive feedback. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much :)

  43. Recipe looks very good, but I would like some clarification. Would 250 grams of chickpeas be equivilant to 1 can of chickpeas? And does it really serve up to 12 people??

    1. 250 gm. dried chickpeas = approx. 3 cups of cooked chickpeas

      1 ( 15 oz. ) can of chickpeas = 1 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas; drained

      You'll need 2 ( 15 oz. each ) cans of chickpeas. This recipe serves up to 10 - 12, depending on how thick your curry is.

      Hope this helps :)

    2. Wow just what I was looking for, thank you! Can't wait to try this :)


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