Sookha Kala Chana- Black chickpeas boiled and stir fried with few basic Indian spices
Sookha kala chana is specially made on Devi Ashtmi pooja/ Kanjak Pooja i.e the last day of Navaratri. It is a very easy recipe and is always made without the use of onion and garlic as it is offered as Naivedhya to Devi Maa along with poori and sooji halwa.
This sookha kala chana is made with dried black chick peas i.e desi kala chana, if kala chana is not available then you can also use kabuli chana and make with this same recipe. Normally this sookha kala chana is made almost dried for Devi ashtami but you can make it with some gravy if you wish too, I have also posted the recipe of Punjabi Kala chana masala and Punjabi Chole recipe if you want to try gravy version of chana masala.
Kala chana is a very healthy and nutritious legume.It is very low in fat,have very high fiber content so aids in weight loss and helps to lower cholesterol.Is also low in glycemic index. It is a great source of Iron and protein. It is quite filling ,you can have it for breakfast ,lunch and dinner.
Kala Chana is very healthy but quite heavy to digest so while cooking do add asafoetida and ginger which aids in digestion.You can eat kala chana cooked and raw,in both forms. If you are using raw then make sure to soak it for minimum 8 hours. Do try this easy and quick sookha kala chana recipe and enjoy with poori ,parantha or just have a bowl of kala chana as your evening snack or in your breakfast !