Black chana soup is an easy wholesome soup recipe that combines Indian curry flavors with chickpeas. Learn how to make chana soup with a homemade soup mix that’s so delicious and perfect for a cozy family dinner.
About the recipe
Kala chana soup is a veg clear soup, Indian-style made with black chickpeas (you can also use regular chickpeas), vegetables and an easy homemade spice mix made with a bunch of delicious spices. This gluten-free, vegan chana soup is a delicious treat, healthy meal in a bowl AND comfort food that will blow your mind!
Of all my soup recipes, this kala chana recipe is closest to my heart, since I grew up devouring it. My mom used to make this at least once a week and the aroma that filled the kitchen would make all of us hungry. To this date, I’ve never got bored of this soup. And will never be.
If you’re not aware, kala chana literally means black chickpeas that have a stronger nutty flavor than the regular ones. Kala chana recipes are quite common in Indian cuisine, like curries, chaats and salads. It tastes great when substituted for the regular chickpeas in the easy chana salad or chana masala.
(You can find the exact measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this page.)
Homemade soup mix
This black chana soup recipe uses an authentic spice blend with a bunch of SPICES (used in Indian curries) that make it quite flavorful. The long list of ingredients can be intimidating, but it is very easy to make. I love using fresh homemade ground spices, as I did for the easy chana masala recipe. They’re very flavorful, super easy to make and you can customize it according to your preference.
You will need split pigeon pea lentils (toor dal), cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, star anise, chili flakes (optional), cumin seeds, coriander seeds, pepper and fennel seeds. Dry roast these spices, cool and grind using a spice grinder or coffee grinder.
Kala chana (black/brown chickpeas)
Kala chana has a deeper flavor than the more popular beige-colored ones. The black chana can be replaced with the regular ones, but with a slight difference in taste and texture.
Canned chickpeas can also be used for this soup. Here I’ve used dried ones that need to be soaked overnight (or a minimum of 8 hours) and then cooked.
This is a chana veg clear soup recipe where you can use ANY VEGETABLES you have in your refrigerator. Carrots, beans, potatoes, cauliflower, peas, zucchini, celery, cabbage – the list is endless. You can use this opportunity to sneak in any amount of vegetables into this wholesome soup and the taste gets enhanced with the AMAZING CURRY FLAVOR.
How to cook chickpeas in a pressure cooker
Add 2 cups of water for each cup of chickpeas (measured before soaking). If using a traditional pressure cooker, close the lid and cook on high flame until it reaches high pressure. Reduce the flame to low and cook for 15 minutes or about 10 to 11 whistles. Turn off the flame and wait for the pressure to release naturally.
How to cook chana in an instant pot
Add 2 cups of water for each cup of kala chana (measured before soaking). Pressure cook on high for 15 minutes. Wait for natural pressure release.
How to make chana soup- step by step
Heat oil in a soup pot, saute onions and ginger-garlic paste for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, vegetables, cooked (or canned) chickpeas, spice blend, turmeric powder and sea salt. Close and boil until vegetables are cooked, for about 10 minutes.
Remove 1 cup of the boiled mixture of chickpeas and vegetables, cool and blend until smooth, using a blender. Add the BLENDED PASTE back to the soup and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve garnished with coriander leaves.
Health benefits of chana
- Regulates blood sugar due to the high fiber content.
- Helps maintain bone health since it’s rich in iron, calcium, phosphate, magnesium, manganese, zinc and vitamin K.
- Supports heart health since it contains potassium, high fiber, Vitamins C and B-6.
- Supports healthy blood pressure levels due to its potassium content.
- Selenium regulates liver enzymes and helps in detox.
- The choline in chickpeas helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory. Choline also assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.
- Aids digestion and regularity due to its high fiber content.
- Dietary fibers help in weight management and increase satiety, making people feel full for longer and thereby lowering overall calorie intake.
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