Kala chana – Ashtami Prasad

Kala chana - Ashtami Prasad

It’s again this time of the year when Navratri is coming to an end and we are all busy preparing Ashtami prasad in our houses. Ashtami prasad mainly consist of dried kale chole (black chickpeas) that is paired up with Sooji halwa and puri –  a delicious and favorite KANJAK food. KANJAK refers to kanya pujan, young girls from birth – 9 years of age are ceremonially worshiped. People wash their young feet, apply kumkum and tie roli (a sacred thread) on their hands. Later young girls are offered kala chana – Ashtami Prasad and before they leave people give them gifts in form of money or toys. Durga Ashtami is the most auspicious days of the year.

RECIPE DETAIL – Soak kale chole overnight. In the morning pressure cook for 8-9 whistles (it may take longer for some). Once chickpeas are thoroughly boiled and soft (as shown in pic below); from there on the recipe is straight forward and needs no fancy ingredients, just the regular spices and a tablespoon of oil and there you go – delicious and tasty sookhe kale chane are ready. Feel free to add/delete spices to this recipe – adding amchur (mango powder) will add some tanginess to these chana recipe. Since this prasad is consumed mostly by young girls I have skipped adding green chilies and cilantro but feel free to experiment.

Kala chana - Ashtami Prasad

Black chickpeas are not only low in fat and high in dietary fiber, they are rich in vitamins and minerals. No doubt these black chickpeas are a healthy addition to our diet. If not using it as a prasad then add some chopped onions, green chillies, chopped cilantro, chaat masala and some sev and munch it as an evening snack with your tea.. yum yum yum…. This is what we relished as children and now my kids do the same with left over Ashtami prasad 🙂

I start by boiling chole first and while they are boiling I prepare my sooji ka halwa. When kale chole are done boiling I prepare its tempering/tadka and finally knead my dough for pooris. This way all the work is done in 45 – 50 minutes. 

HAPPY ASHTAMI TO ALL OF YOU!! Enjoy ashtami prasad with Sooji ka halwa and Puri .

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Kala chana - Ashtami Prasad
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Simple, Healthy and scrumptious chana prepared for Ashtami pujan.
Servings Prep Time
4 PEOPLE - OVERNIGHT
Cook Time
40 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
4 PEOPLE - OVERNIGHT
Cook Time
40 MINUTES
Kala chana - Ashtami Prasad
Votes: 18
Rating: 4.17
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Print Recipe
Simple, Healthy and scrumptious chana prepared for Ashtami pujan.
Servings Prep Time
4 PEOPLE - OVERNIGHT
Cook Time
40 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
4 PEOPLE - OVERNIGHT
Cook Time
40 MINUTES
INGREDIENTS
  • 1.5 cup Black chana/chole
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Haldi (Turmeric powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder (sukha dhaniya)
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped cilantro leaves (optional)
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METHOD
  1. Clean, wash and soak chana overnight.
  2. By the morning they will be all puffed up. Drain them through a strainer.
  3. In a pressure cooker add chana along with water and add in salt and haldi. Mix and close the lid.
  4. Pressure cook for 8-9 whistles. Once the steam is out open the cooker and check if the chana is cooked. For that spoon out some chanas and press them between your fingers. If they mash up easily without pressing too hard - they are cooked. Set them aside.
  5. Meanwhile assemble all the spices.
  6. In a pan heat oil, add cumin seeds and when they start to sputter add in all the spices one by one.
  7. Add boile chana to this pan.
  8. Bring it to a boil till all the water has dried out.
  9. All dried up and coated chana.
  10. Serve hot with poori and sooji halwa.
    Kala chana - Ashtami Prasad
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16 Responses

  1. Kannu says:

    The perfect recipe for chana prasad.
    My mother used to cook this way this ashtami I’m unable to go home, so thought to cook this myself. Searched for the recipe to help me out and your blog was at the top…
    This is the same recipe, i loved your blog ma’am. Thank u so much. I’ll prepare this on coming ashtami..

  2. Mudita says:

    Hi,
    You don’t mention the amount of water u used to boil them in the cooker and if u added all of the water in the pan which had masalas.. I’m concerned if it will over cook and become soggy if I add too much water… ?

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks for stopping by Mudita! Add enough water (appx. 2 – 2.5 cups) to pressure cook the chana and you will be good. Happy Ashtami!!

  3. Padma says:

    Great site and informative! Steps are clear and well defined. Made these chana for prasad and were very delicious. Thanks Ruchi for putting in so much efforts!

  4. Payal says:

    Hello Ruchi,

    I made these for a puja at my place and were loved by everyone. I followed your instructions and really admire the way you explained how the chana should be. Prepared with minimal ingredients and this was a superb prasad. Thanks a lot, you are my saviour and guiding light in my culinary world!!

    Regards,
    Payal

  5. Chirag says:

    Tried and a successful recipe. Made this prasad for a puja in our house and spices were perfect and everyone loved it.Thanks Ruchi. We like your website and all the recipes.

  6. Lizy says:

    Wow, this blog is awesome. This is so different from any other website. I am a regular reader of this blog. Great recipe..I tried this over the long weekend. And it came out delicious. This is one of my favourites. Even my little kids ate it all!! Anything that is eaten by my kids makes me a winner…credit goes to you..thanks for a lovely recipe my friend…really enjoyed it 🙂

    • RK says:

      Thanks Lizy..awww..that’s so sweet!! I can totally relate..if the little cuties ate up their meal..you really feel like a winner. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. Trupti says:

    Dear Ruchi,

    Great work on the blog, looks applauling.
    I made this amazing chole last week, and it was an extreme hit! i loved the way they turned out, salt was perfect, spices were perfect. They were the best chole I have made so far! I wish i can send a picture to you, thanks a ton and a huge huge fan of your recipes!

    Regards
    Trupti from Amritsar

    • RK says:

      You are welcome Triputi! Thank YOU for sharing your experience with me. I’m so happy to hear that the Kala chana turned out great for you.

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