Hara Chana Recipe

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 Hara Chana Recipe


Hara chana or Green chana also called as green chick peas is Generally,  refers to the dried version of fresh green chanas, which are available throughout the year. It has a greenish in colour and a rough outer coating. Hara chana is sweeter than kala chana or Kabuli chana. Fresh green chanas are very sweet.


We used to eat plenty of them in my childhood. Many recipes are made out of them through out the season like Curry -“Kadli Amati”-A Special curry prepared at my home, “Vadamurka” or salad (by crushing fresh green chanas and mixed with finely chopped onions, freshly grated coconut, Crushed green chilies, salt, little bit sugar and fresh sweet Curds) another signature side dish prepared at my home. But, most of the time we ate them raw. 

Hara or Green Chana Recipe:

Let’s begin today’s recipe Green Chana masala gravy. It is suitable both for rotis and rice. And of course with Puris also. 

What we need.

1. Hara Chana or Green Chickpeas – 1 Bowl
2. Onion – 2 medium
3. Tomatoes – 2 medium
4. Green chilies – 2-4 or according to your taste
5. Garlic – 5-6 cloves
6. Ginger – 1 inch
7. Garam masala – 1 & 1/2 Tsp
8. Red chili powder – 1 Tsp
9. Jeera – 1/2 Tsp
10. Jaggery – 1 table spoon (Completely Optional)
11. Salt – as per taste
12. Coriander leaves – 1/2 bowl
13. Oil – 3 Tsp
14. Mustard – 1/2 Tsp
15. Hing & Turmeric – 1 pinch
16. Butter – for garnishing.


Wash the Chickpeas and soak them in water overnight. I have used dried green chickpeas so soaked them. No need to soak if you use fresh green chickpeas. 


Cut the onions and tomatoes roughly. Remove the skin from the garlic and separate the cloves. Split green chilies into two. Wash and cut the coriander leaves. Remove skin from the ginger.


Take all the masalas except garam masala – Red chili powder, salt and jaggery.


Grind all the above ingredients in a mixer to a fine paste.


How to Cook:

Drain the water from the soaked chickpeas and wash them twice. Put them in a pressure cooker add 1/2 tsp salt and cook until three – four whistles.


Heat a pan and add oil. Add the tempering ingredients to it and splutter them. 


Then add the grounded masala paste to it and give it a good mix.


Sauté this masala on medium flame till it separates oil from sides of the pan.


Then add cooked green chickpeas and garam masala and give it a good mix. Add water if required and adjust the consistency. Cook it for five minutes on low flame.


Garnish it with butter and coriander leaves and serve hot.

Did you know:

Benefits of eating Hara Chana or Chickpeas:

  1. ·      Green chanas are rich In Proteins. Which is a micronutrient, important for the muscle growth.
  2. ·      Green chanas are rich source of vitamins A and C, which are both important during winters, as they have antioxidant properties.
  3. ·      As Green chickpeas are loaded with protein, they can boost the hair growth and can also help in enhancing the quality.
  4. ·      Green chanas are packed with zinc which help by releasing vitamin A from the liver, which can be used by eye tissue to improve eye sight.
  5. ·      Green chanas are full of nutrients which provide a good amount of cell energy, which further helps in the development of the nervous system.
  6. ·      Green chickpeas are low in glucose level, hence great for managing blood sugar levels.
  7. ·      Green chickpeas contain the soluble fiber, one of the most important factors for reducing cholesterol and stabilizing heart functioning.
  8. ·      The protein and fiber in chickpeas help keep our appetite under control and promote fullness which benefits in weight loss.

End Note:

Chickpeas are a very healthy. As said above they are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. All these nutrients are most essential for human body, hence their benefits range from weight management to blood sugar control. Including chickpeas in our diet regularly will support our health and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. They’re easily available at most grocery stores. We can prepare various dishes from them, and they make an excellent meat alternative in vegetarian and vegan meals.

Hope you people will enjoy this dish. 
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