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.
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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