Kala Chana | Ashtami Prasad | Sookhe Kale Chane

What is Kala Chana for Ashtami Prasad?

kala chana is a dish prepared using boiled brown chickpeas i.e. kala chana and some very basic spices. sookhe kale chane is a very simple recipe calling for very few ingredients still it is absolutely divine. kala chana is part of the ashtami prasad which includes poori and halwa also, prepared on the eighth or ninth day of Navaratri.e. on ashtami or navmi. It is offered to goddess Durga and little girls are known as kanjak who is worshipped on these days.

let’s talk about the ingredients for kale chane

kale chane calls for

kala chana: for this recipe, it is critical to soak and cook chana properly. I pressure cooked it with enough water for a good 40-45 minutes. this made chana very soft which is important for the recipe as we do not add any tomatoes or other ingredients.
other ingredients: basic powdered spices and green chilli and coriander are required to make Kala Chana. you can add grated ginger. if you avoid chilli, you can skip that.

How to make Kala Chana

1. Pressure cook Kala Chana : in a pressure cooker add 1 cup Kala Chana. add 6 cups water and salt to taste. pressure cook for 45 minutes on low flame after first whistle. let the pressure release on its own. check chana, it should be absolutely soft.

2. Crackle cumin seeds and sauté spices : heat 1 tbsp oil. add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds. let them crackle nicely on a low flame. add 2 tbsp coriander powder, 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp dry mango powder. cook on low flame for 20-30 seconds. add 2-3 tbsp water and mix.

3. Cook Kala chana and mash some : add few pressure cooked kala chana. mash them. add remaining Kala Chana. cook on low flame for 5 minutes.

4. Add water and other ingredients : now add 1/2 cup water, salt to taste and 1 slit green chilli. cover the pan and let it simmer for 10 minutes. check the consistency.

5. Bon appetit : finish off with a handful of chopped coriander leaves. serve kale chane with poori and halwa.

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