Khatte Channa

This recipe was adapted from Suvir Saran's indian home cooking... I made a couple changes, but kept the use of ketchup, even though I've heard many times to never use ketchup while cooking Indian food... I decided to try it anyway, and the recipe really turned out perfect! I also like the use of canned chickpeas, because these quick recipes can come in handy when I forget to soak dried beans or want something at the last minute. This is another book I got from the library, but will be purchasing for myself. There is a lot of great pictures, which I love, and It's full of recipes I want to try. So this is just one of many that I will be posting in the future.


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tamarind concentrate
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 8 - 12 fresh curry leaves
  • one large red onion, minced
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 teaspoons mango powder (amchur)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 2 medium tomatoes, pureed
  • 2 (19 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • heaping teaspoon garam masala
  • heaping teaspoon coriander/cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • cilantro, for garnish

Dissolve tamarind concentrate in 1/2 cup warm water. Heat the oil with the cumin seeds and curry leaves in a large frying pan over medium-high heat and cook, stirring, until cumin begins to brown.

Add the minced onion and salt, and cook until the onion turns uniformly golden brown in color, 10 - 15 minutes. Add the ginger and cook, stirring, one or two minutes. Add turmeric and cook, stirring one more minute. Add the mango powder, and cayenne and cook, stirring, about 15 seconds. Add the tomato puree and the tamarind water. Bring to a simmer, turn heat down to medium-low and simmer about 15 minutes.

Add all but about 1/2 cup of the chickpeas to the pan along with the garam masala, coriander/cumin powder and ketchup. Mash the remaining chickpeas to a puree with the back of a fork and add to the pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer gently about 10 more minutes. Stir once or twice during cooking. Stir in lemon juice.

Serve garnished with cilantro and enjoy!


Medhaa said...

love khatte channa, but my recipe is a bit different, I do not use so much amchur but will try it this way. the more the khatta the more my hubby loves it. and the ketchup too is different. Will let u know after i try this.

Vijitha Shyam said...

Yummy khatte channa! looks so good meeso.

chakhlere said...

Thats a lovely recipe messo! I haven't tried it with tamarind... will do it next time.

Soma said...

Lovely recipe. this is pretty popular in North India. Great with Puri!

Cynthia said...

Just reading this recipe I know it will taste good.

Valarmathi said...

Looks nice and yummy Meeso.


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Love the recipe Meeso!!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

yum, looks real tasty and spicy!

Cinnamon said...

Meeso.... Khatte Channa looks yummy!!!... It has been long I have blogged... and now its good to be back and read all the lovely blogs :-)

Priya said...

Yummy channa dish, looks great..

Parita said...

Mouth watering chana there..perfect with bhatura or pooris..yumm!

Lavi said...

Channa Looks so Yummy Meeso!

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Nanditha Prabhu said...

i am sure this would have tasted great.. I love any thing with chick peas...i do make channa with a few variations .... as you said adding ketchup might to a curry might not be approved by my taste buds:)

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Khatte channa looks delicious and yummy Meeso.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Channa looks delicious. Oh dear, dont shy to use ketchup.. I too add it some times to spice up my dishes:)

meeso said...

~ Thanks, Medhaa... I like the food a little more sour, too, so that's probably why I liked it so much :)

~ Thanks, Vijitha!

~ Thanks, Chakhlere!

~ Thanks, Soma... I would have loved it with puri but rice is so much easier :D

~ Thanks, Cynthia :)

~ Thanks, Valarmathi!

~ Thanks, Rajeswari!

~ Thanks, Rita!

~ Thanks, Cinnamon... Glad to see you back!

~ Thanks, Priya!

~ Thanks, Parita!

~ Thanks, Lavi :)

~ Thanks, Nanditha... I wasn't sure, but it turned out tasty :)

~ Thanks, Mythreyi !

~ Thanks, Viki!

Arabic Bites said...

Yum,Love this recipe just the perfect meal for me ;)

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Di said...

Looks so delicious, Meeso!

This is one of my favorite dishes (and I'm back to eating "normal" now so I gotta make it asap! LOL :)

rekhas kitchen said...

Khatte channa mmmmmm mouthwatering dear nice recipe.