Khatta Channa ( a Punjabi Indian Speciality Chickpeas Dish)

Total Time
24hrs 45mins
Prep 24 hrs
Cook 45 mins

My mom is addicted to this because of her Punjabi roots. I, in turn, thanks to genetics, follow in line;).

Ingredients Nutrition


  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!


Most Helpful

This was really good. I didn't have black chickpeas, so I just used regular. I was afraid it would be too sour, but once I put it over the rice it was just fine. Instead of soaking the chickpeas overnight, I quick-soaked them for about an hour in boiling water, then cooked them completely before proceeding. For the water added later in the recipe, I used the cooking liquid from the chickpeas. I didn't measure it, but it looked like about 2 cups. I doubled the cayenne to 1 teaspoon and it still came out mildly spicy (for me). I plan to try this again when I get some black chickpeas and also add some vegetables so it's more of a one-dish meal. Thanks so much for sharing, Charishma!

Spice Princess June 09, 2011

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