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Black Chana

Also Known As : garbanzo bean, ceci bean, sanagalu, Chana (Gujarati), Harbharaa (Marathi)Kadale Kaalu (Kannada), Chanagalu (Telugu), chana (Hindi)
Technical Name : Cicer Arietinum


Taste Profile

It has a nutty flavor

Usage Tips

  1. It can be used as the main ingredient for making curries, chats and pani puri.
  2. It can be added to salads in the sprouted form to make it more nutritious.
  3. It can be lightly sautéed and mixed with freshly chopped onions, tomatoes, and cilantro and squeezed lemon to make a tasty dish.
  4. Kala chana can be used to make a great accompaniment for naan or roti, with or without other vegetables.
  5. Store it in an airtight container in a dry place.
  6. Once cooked, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Common names and forms

  1. Bengal Gram
  2. Brown Chana
  3. Desi Black Chana
  4. Kala Chana
  5. Organic Bengal Gram Whole
  6. Organic Whole Bengal Gram
  7. Red Chana
  8. Whole Bengal Gram


Black chana is a legume belonging to the Fabaceae family. It is a small desi legume that is dark brown in color with a rough coat. It has brown colored skin and remains yellow underneath. It is mainly cultivated in the parts of the Indian sub- continent, Mexico, Ethiopia, and Iran. It can be considered as a smaller version of regular chickpeas. Being an extremely versatile legume, it is widely used in a variety of Middle Eastern and Indian dishes like falafels, hummus and curries as well as salads, soups and stews or even as a quick snack. In addition to their delicious nuts like taste and buttery texture, black chickpeas are extremely beneficial for health.

Health benefits

  • Black chana is rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber facilitates the excretion of bile by forming a gel-like substance in the digestive tract whereas insoluble fiber prevents constipation. The fiber also fills up the stomach inducing satiety for longer periods and curbing hunger cravings. (1)
  • It contains a unique combination of active compounds like antioxidants, anthocyanins, delphinidin, cyaniding, petunidin, phytonutrients and ALA that maintain the health of blood vessels and prevent oxidative stress. It acts as a potent antioxidant and releases toxins from the body. (1)
  • Folate present in black chana is considered good for heart health. It lowers the homocysteine levels thus minimizing the risk of narrowing of arteries by plaque formation, blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. (1) 
  • Carbohydrates in legumes such as black chickpeas are digested slowly, thus reducing the blood sugar levels. This also contributes to insulin resistance, thereby reducing the risk of getting type-2 diabetes. (2)
  • Being a rich source of iron, black chickpeas can prevent anemia and boost energy levels. Iron plays an important role in the formation of hemoglobin by transporting oxygen from the lungs to all cells in the body and is an important component of enzyme systems for energy production. (2)
  • The soluble fiber present in black chana reaches the colon where it is broken down by the bacteria into short-chain fatty acids that are absorbed by the colon cells and used for producing energy. This enables the colon cells to stay healthy and reduces the risk of cancer.(2)

Selection Guide

Check the chana pack carefully to avoid contamination with stones and debris. Check the seal of the packet to avoid any open sides or cracks to prevent the entry of bugs or insects and dust particles.


Consuming it in large amounts can lead to the formation of gas. This causes a slight tightness and bulginess in the stomach which is called bloating. Being rich in fiber, overconsumption of black chana can cause an upset stomach leading to diarrhea. (3)

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