Kabuli Chana – Bengali Style Chickpea

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Chana chola these two things are like a nemesis to me. I never got the difference, what to call which one. Do you have the same problem? While we Bengalis call the big whitish gram as chana and the small brown ones chola, my non-Bong friends tend to differ from the nomenclature, and it’s just the opposite. OMG!
Ok, I’ll stick to what my mom calls her chickpeas -kabuli chola, probably because people thought they came from Kabul.  A little google search on kabuli chola made me realize that this particular species had been around since the Neolethic ages, did you ever thought about that while having your share of chole  bature?

Bengali style kabuli chana recipe

With its high protein content and less in fat this is an aphrodisiac for any diabetic patient. And, also for the way it’s cooked, kabuli chola is loved by everyone.

Kabuli Chola

Indian, Side, Chana, Authentic bengali recipe, Chickpea recipe, Chola recipe
Cooks in    Serves 4
  • 1 cup kabuli chola, soaked overnight in warm water
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dhaniya powder
  • 3-4 whole red chilies
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Boil the chola till tender, drain out the water and keep,aside
  • Heat the oil in a thick bottom pan, put in the onions and sauté till translucent
  • Add the chola along with all the ground spices, season with salt and mix well
  • Pour in about 3 cups warm water and cook till the chola are soft and breaks with a little pressure
  • Serve with chapati garnished with onion rings and lemon juice

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10 thoughts on “Kabuli Chana – Bengali Style Chickpea

  1. I used to remember this as kabuli chana. And much later I learnt the english name garbanzo bean !! Lemon juice ar pyaaj er shonge shotyi darun lage khete

      1. Peyaj bhajbar age jodi ektu khani hing chere deoya jai.. tahole dekhben aro bhalo akta test paben ar gondho ta o daruun hobe.

        1. I know Tushar, my aunt uses it. But I’m not much of a fan of hing :). But definitely thanks for the suggestion and sharing it with us

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