Also known as Bengal gram, kala chana is a type of chickpea, but dark brown in colour and smaller in size than the common chickpea. This is a mildly spiced black chickpea curry, made in a Punjabi style.
Put the chickpeas in a bowl, add
Next day, drain the chickpeas, rinse well and set aside.
Heat the ghee or oil in a pressure cooker or heavy-based saucepan. Add the cumin seeds. When they start to pop, add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and lightly golden. Add the garlic, green chilli and curry leaves and cook for 15–20 seconds.
Now add the tomato and cook it down for 5–7 minutes, stirring lightly now and then, until the oil starts to separate from the mixture.
Add the turmeric, ground coriander, chilli powder and asafoetida, if using. Stir for 2–3 seconds, then add the chickpeas, along with all their soaking water. Add the dried chillies and salt, stirring well.
Pressure-cook over medium to high pressure for 10–15 minutes, or if using a saucepan, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, until the chickpeas are well cooked and softened.
Lastly, sprinkle with the garam masala and stir it in.
Garnish with coriander and serve with steamed rice, rotis or chapatti.
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