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.
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.