Kala/Desi/Black Channa Bateta

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Serves 5-6

This dish is enjoyable as an evening snack or as a light meal. Spicy and delicious! I normally like to serve it with some crisps or cheuro, fried lentil fritters/bhajias and spicy coconut chutney. But it is just as delicious on it's own or with some toasted bread.

channa/black chickpeas
boiled potatoes, cubed
3 tbsp
tomato paste
5 tbsp
leaves of limro chopped roughly (curry leaves)
1 tsp
mustard seed
1 tsp
2 tbsp
grated green/raw mango OR lemon juice
2 tbsp
tamarind pulp
salt to taste
chopped green chilies
1 tsp
chili powder
1 tsp
1 tsp
cumin powder
1 tbsp
flour or corn flour mixed in some water to thicken the sauce

Soak the channa overnight, then boil them with very little salt until soft (too much salt will make them remain hard). This can take up to half an hour in a pressure cooker, longer in a regular pan. Make sure they are boiled until VERY tender, drain and retain half a cup of the water, discard the rest.

You can add a pinch or two of baking soda when boiling these to soften them faster if you want!

Heat the oil, add the mustard seeds and let them splutter, then add the limro/curry leaves followed by the green chillies. Lower heat and add the garlic, stir for a while then add the grated mango and tomato paste. Cook this for a few minutes, then add the boiled cubed potatoes and the chilli powder, turmeric and cumin powder. Let this cook for a bit stirring all the time, you can add a bit of water if it starts getting stuck. Then add the channa.

Stir together and cook for a few more minutes until the flavorful masala covers everything, then add the retained half cup of channa water and enough water to almost completely cover the channa in the pan. Adjust salt and cook for a few minutes until it comes to a soft boil. Then stir in your corn flour or flour mixture if you are using it followed by the tamarind pulp, bring to a boil until the water thickens slightly. Adjust salt if needed, and if you like you can squeeze a little lemon, though sometimes the mango is enough.

Another way to thicken the sauce without using the flour is by gently smashing some of the potatoes and channa by pressing them with the flat side of a spoon and then stirring them back in. The starch released from the potatoes will help thicken the sauce.

Turn off stove and serve hot with some crispy daal bhajias, cheuro or potato/cassava crisps and a spicy coconut chutney.

Enjoy! :)


Hi Fauzia,love your website and all the recipes.i wanted to ask if we dont have mango can we use lemon or something else? and how much?

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Hi, thank you! Yes you can either leave the mango out (the tamarind pulp is good enough to give that nice tangy taste) or use some extra lemon juice, start with the juice of half a lemon (about 1 tbsp) and then see if you need more and adjust according to your taste.

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The recipes are very helping me.god bless u.

salam, tomato paste is that tomato purée? or could i use tinned tomatoes?

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Salam can i use the white chickpeas instead of the black ones?

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W/Salaam, yes you can.