Chilli Chana


1 cup white chickpeas / chana / vella kadala
4 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
2 green chillies, chopped
1 1/2 tsp ginger, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 small capsicum, chopped
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp tomato sauce
3 tbsp chilli sauce
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1-1 1/2 tsp sugar
spring onions, chopped
salt to taste
oil, as required


  1. Soak the chickpeas / chana in water for 6 hours and pressure cook it with salt adding enough water for 4-5 whistles at high flame.
  2. Drain the water and transfer to a bowl. Add corn flour into this and shake well and keep it aside 2-3 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan and add cornflour coated chickpeas into the hot oil.
  4. Fry them in 2 batches at medium flame till crispy and golden. ( Don’t use ladle/ spatula , just shake the pan for uniform frying).
  5. Heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil in a thick bottomed pan and add chopped garlic, green chillies and ginger and saute.
  6. Add finely chopped onion and saute for 2 minutes. Don’t brown.
  7. Add chopped capsicum and saute for a minute.
  8. Add soy sauce, tomato sauce, chilli sauce, chilli powder, pepper powder and little salt and mix well at high flame for 2 minutes.
  9. Add 1-1 1/2 cup water and sugar and mix well.
  10. When it boils, add fried chickpeas and mix well. Add chopped spring onion and mix well.
  11. Adjust the salt and switch off the flame..Serve hot…

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