Cook's Hideout: Rasawala Chana (Gujarati Saucy Chickpea Curry)

April 21, 2016

Rasawala Chana (Gujarati Saucy Chickpea Curry)

BM# 63: Journey through the Cuisines 
Week 3: Gujarati Cuisine 
Day 18: R for Rasawala Chana with Rotlis
Today's Gujarati dish is a simple, protein packed curry made with black chana or chickpeas. Rasawala means saucy and in this dish black chickpeas are cooked in a tangy and sweet sauce.
The only time taking part of this dish is the soaking and boiling the chana. The actual cooking time takes about 15 minutes. Served with rotis or even rice, this is a delicious and comforting dish. I made rotlis to serve with this chana.

Recipe from Tarla

Rasawala Chana

  • 1cup Black Chana, soaked and boiled
  • 2tbsp Oil
  • ½tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1½tbsp Besan (Chickpea flour)
  • ¼tsp Turmeric
  • ½tsp Chili powder
  • ½tsp Ground Coriander
  • ½tsp Ground Cumin
  • 2tsp Tamarind pulp
  • 1~2tbsp Jaggery
  • To taste Salt
  • 2tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped
  1. Soak the black chana overnight or for at least 6~8 hours. Then cook them in lots of water until tender. I usually pressure cook for 3~4 whistles. Drain and keep ready.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds. Once the seeds start to splutter, add the chickpea flour and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, until it turns brown.
  3. Add the kala chana, turmeric, chili powder, ground coriander and cumin, jaggery, tamarind paste, salt and 1~1½cups of water. Mix well and cook for 8~10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Garnish with cilantro and Serve hot with rotlis.


  1. What do you do with the tamarind pulp? Just wondering...

  2. I can eat this curry as it is without a roti. Yummy curry

  3. I cooked another Gujarati version of black peas in besan base before. Here chickpeas are the star and love the rustic feel of the dish.

  4. Perfect healthy side with rotlis.

  5. I am sure those channa must have tasted amazing pavani...

  6. Just need this rasawala channa and rotlis to finish my lunch happily, fantastic nutritious channa.

  7. Very simple to make dish with black chana. Looks like a great combo for rotis..

  8. Chana curry looks delicious Pavani, nice variation to the regular Chana masala.

  9. Curry looks awesome. Must be very flavorful and definitely nutritious.

  10. I made this just last weekend !! It tasted fab with rotis ..

  11. This is a kind of must in a Gujju Thali, Perfectly made and the curry looks amazing.

  12. A very commonly made Gujarati dish, your chana looks perfectly like the ones made in our house. I am loving all your Gujarati dishes :)

  13. Raswala chana looks simple yet delicious.

  14. i always say I am going to eat this variety of chickpeas more often since it has very low glycemic index but then I forget and rarely cook - love this tasty version will have to try it


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