Black Chana or Chickpea Vegan (dry) Curry Recipe
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Black Chana (Chickpea) Vegan Dry Curry Recipe

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This Black Chana (Chickpea) Vegan Dry Curry Recipe is not only delicious but full of nutrients and packed with flavors. This recipe is dried curry means no gravy like regular curries but with full of curry flavor. Usually we make this spicy but here I go mild spicy. It’s a great recipe for meal prep and easy to make.

Black Chana or black chickpeas

Oh do you thinking what Black Chana is! They are actually Chickpeas with brown shell and little smaller than regular white chickpeas. Black Chana is less creamy than regular chickpeas. They also called black chickpeas, or Kala Chana or Bengal Gram. They are high in plant-based protein, fiber and a good source of Iron, copper and other minerals.   


Black Chana or black chickpeas are high in protein. I remember back in Bangladesh, many people called it “Bachelors kitchen staple” and dorm kitchen essential. Because they are easy to cook, full of nutrients and budget friendly. I saw and read many health conscious people, yogis and low income athletes boil those black chickpeas and eat just like that, no salt or spice to keep their protein intake. Even some people soak them overnight and eat them raw. If you thinking to try them like that, be care full about belly bloats!

When it comes to cook, we always soak them overnight in normal temperature water. It helps to boil them quickly. Keep in mind that when they soaked in water they expand in double. Some time I boiled 2-3 cups at a time and put half in deep freeze to use next week so I can save some boiling time 🙂 .

Black Chana or Chickpea Vegan (dry) Curry with rice puff.

Now how we eat! I grow up eating this as snacks. We eat this as it is or some time with rice puffs and some lentil fritters. On Ramadan, this Black Chana Vegan (dry) Curry is kind of must have on Iftar menu (fasting break meals) at any Bangladeshi house. Sometimes we cook this with only spices but most of the time we add potatoes, carrots and tomatoes. Personally I love this Black Chana Vegan (dry) Curry with lot of minced cucumber, fresh cilantro and fresh lemon juice as you can see on above picture. 


Black Chana Vegan (dry) Curry Recipe

Black Chana or Chickpea Vegan (dry) Curry Recipe is flavorful, mild spicy, nutritious and very easy to make. Its a one pot recipe and great for meal prep.

Course Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Bangladeshi
Keyword easy recipe, vegan curry, vegan recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Author A.A


  • 1 Cup Black Chana/Chickpea (dry)
  • 1 Cup Tomato (chopped)
  • 1 Cup Carrot (small diced)
  • 2/3 Cup Potato (small diced)
  • 1 Cup Onion (chopped)
  • 2 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp Red Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 2 tbsp cooking Oil
  • Salt to your taste
  • fresh Cilantro (optional)
  • Green Chili (optional)


  1. Boil Black Chickpea. For quick boil, soak black chickpeas overnight and use pressure cooker to boil. after boil strained extra water.

  2. On a large pan add oil. when it warm saute onion and tomatoes for 5-7 minutes on medium heat.

  3. Add rest of spices and saute for another 2-3 minutes.

  4. Add Potatoes and Carrots with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 salt. Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes.

  5. Now add boiled Chickpeas and 1 cup of water and cook until it nearly dry.

    Stir occasionally so it not burnt on bottom.

    check salt, if needed add more.

Recipe Notes

Do not cook it until fully dry, turn off the stove before that because potato absorb moist when it cool down. 


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