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Kala Chana, Chana Whole

Kala chana whole is commonly used in Indian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean cuisines. It is often used in curries, soups, stews, salads, and snacks and also popularly sprouted.
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Kala chana whole is relatively small in size and has a dark brown to black color. The chickpeas have a slightly rough texture and a round shape.
Nutritional Benefits: Kala chana whole is highly nutritious and offers several health benefits. It is a good source of plant-based protein, dietary fiber, and various vitamins and minerals, including iron, potassium, magnesium, and folate. It is low in fat and cholesterol-free.

Health Benefits: Kala chana whole is a nutritious legume. It is a good source of protein, making it suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The dietary fiber in kala chana whole promotes healthy digestion and helps maintain a feeling of fullness. It is also rich in iron, which is important for maintaining healthy blood cells and preventing anemia. Kala chana whole contains various antioxidants and may have potential health benefits, including supporting heart health and blood sugar control.

Culinary Uses: Kala chana whole is commonly used in Indian, Pakistani, and Middle Eastern cuisines. It has a nutty flavor and a firm texture when cooked. Kala chana whole is used in a variety of dishes, including curries, stews, salads, and snacks. It can be sprouted and used in salads or ground into flour for making besan-based dishes.

Cooking Methods: Kala chana whole requires soaking before cooking to reduce cooking time and improve its digestibility. It is typically soaked for several hours or overnight. Once soaked, it can be cooked by boiling or pressure cooking until tender, which usually takes around 45 minutes to an hour. The cooked kala chana whole remains firm but becomes soft and creamy.

Incorporating kala chana whole into your diet can add a nutritious and flavorful element to your meals. Whether used in curries, salads, or other dishes, kala chana whole provides a good balance of protein, fiber, and essential nutrients.

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