Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Chola bhaja - Fried Black chickpeas/kala chana.

My last post was a tea-time snack....here I am again with another great and healthy snack, which goes great with tea or coffee and it's not deep fried, so it's one of a kind guilt free and healthy snack. It is made of black chana or chola in Bengali. Just soak for few hours and then shallow fry them in medium heat, and you have home made healthy tea-time snack. I learned it from my friend, and from that day on it has become my hubby's favorite snack. It is nutritious and also quite filling.

Ingredients :
Black chickpeas/chola/kala chana : 1 cup
Onion : 1(medium-chopped)
Green chilli : 2(chopped)
Mustard Seeds : 1 tsp.
Oil : 2 tblsp.
Chilli powder : 1-2 tsp.
Salt to taste

Method :
  • Soak chickpeas overnight if possible, or for 3-4 hours in hot water. WHen soaked totally, remove and pat dry.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan, temper with mustard seeds. When seeds start to crackle, add chopped green chillies and finely chopped onions. Fry until onions turn light brown, then add Black chickpeas.
  • Stir and mix with onions. Turn the heat to medium. Keep stirring them continuously for another 10 minutes. The key for this snack is in the frying. 
  • After frying for 10 minutes in medium heat, you will find chickpeas became soft and cooked from inside. 
  • Enjoy this yummy snack with tea or coffee, but consume immediately. Do not store them.
 Fried black chick peas is going to take part on MLLA:18, guest hosted by Srivalli and the creator of this event is Susan of The well-seasoned Cook.

Reposted Recipe :
Masala Peanuts

 Beguni Or Brinjal Fritters

Sending these 3 yummy tea time snacks to EC of Simple Indian Food for her event WYF : Tea Time Snack


Priya said...

Send me some...just love those fried beauties..

LG said...

We too love this snack.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Indrani
It has been ages I ate some thing similar to this. But that was soaked and fried black chana garnished with raw onion, green chili and lemon, "beat nun" etc.
This one never had and it is a great dish.
Have a nice time

Tina said...

Its new to meeeee...Crispy and crunchy snack.

notyet100 said...

yun this looks,..;-)

Parita said...

This is so yummy..never deep fried black peas...super!

sayantani said...

we used to call them chola chokha. age age cinema haal er baire egulo bikri hoto. interval e berie khetam. thanks share karar jonyo.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

I like this too

Usha said...

Sounds quick and yum...

Indrani said...

Thanks, Priya, LG, ushnish, Tina, Priyanka,

Indrani said...

@Parita, These are not deep fried, shallow fried..thanks
Thanks, vanamala, Usha & sayantani

Nostalgia said...

Healthy and tasty. I made some sprouted mung like this today.. loved it.

Soma said...

chola bhaja shunei khide khide peye gelo. chuti r dine, knacha lonka, peyaj diye chola bhaja khetam shondhe bela ;-)

my kitchen said...

Healthy & yummy one

EC said...

EAch one them is so tempting..thanks for participating

Srivalli said...

Thanks for the lovely entries..

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