Kala Chana Jor Garam – a snack for Diabetes Friendly Thursdays

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 Kala Chana or Dark Chickpeas (Bengal Gram) is a power house of Minerals and Vitamins, Fiber, Protein. These are Low GI (Glycemic Index) Food and release sugar to the blood stream very slowly hence making it apt for Diabetics. The presence of soluble fiber, high protein and iron content also aid in proper management of sugar levels in the body.

Refer to the detailed Footnotes on the “Benefits of Kala Chana”, given towards the end of the recipe.

I am so glad to announce that Shailja of Sweet & Savory by ShailjaPrachi of Divine Spice Box and Sarika of The Taste of the World have joined me in the journey of DTF (Diabetes Friendly Thursdays). It’s going to be a promising journey for sure, blogging to create a difference in the eating habits of Diabetics and Pre-diabetics, generating recipes and awareness. Do join the Diabetes awareness Recipes, whenever it is convinient for you. Find their recipes towards the end for more recipe ideas for the week.


Kala chana aka Bengal-Gram or Black chick peas are native to India and first cousins of middle eastern Chickpeas. It is used in Indian curries, sprouted for the use in salads, boiled & crushed to make kebabs & cutlets, and in many more forms. There is no end to the imagination.


Kala chana jor garam is a very common street food, sold in newspaper cones, tossed with raw onions, green chillies, cilantro and loads of spices. The funny part is, you keep eating it bite by bite and the tears keep running your eyes, fumes alarm your ears…..the heat of the dish is such, it is a part and parcel of the chana jor. 

Chana is Black gram or chickpea, jor is too much, garam here refers to heat 😉. Makes sense, right?

Originally, the black grams are boiled. They are then pressed down to flatten and are fried for the final product. The street vendors use fried Chana. When they gained popularity as health food, they became available as dry roasted snack in the market but at a “hot” price. Today, I bring a healthy treat and at almost no price. Such a doable recipe and fun to make and eat! 


Serves – 4

Portion size – 1/4 cup of roasted chana, recommended.

Kitchen Equipments Required

Oven, baking tray, a smasher or spoon or rolling pin, a mixing bowl, chopping board, knife.


Kala chana / Black gram – 1 cup, boiled

Oil – 1 tsp

Red chili powder and Salt to taste

Garam masala or Chaat masala – 1/2 to 1 tsp

Onion – 1/2 cup, finely chopped

Green chillies – 1, chopped fine

Cilantro/Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup, washed and chopped fine.

Cucumber – 1/2 cup, chopped fine, optional.

Lemon juice – 1 lemon or 1 tbsp or to taste.


1. Preheat the oven at 350*F / 180*C. 

2. Drain the boiled chana completely and spread it out on paper towel and let air dry for 10-15 minutes.

3. Now toss them in 1 tsp of oil and some salt. Spread them out in a baking tray. Take a spoon and press the Chana with some pressure to flatten these a bit. You may flatten these with a smasher or rolling pin too.  

4. When all of it is flattened, place the baking tray in the oven and bake these flattened chana for 18-20 minutes. They will be darker and look dry and slightly popped. Cool them to the room temperature. 


5. These are ready. They can be consumed as is for the snacking. 1/4 cup is recommended at a time. Please consult your dietician. 

6. To make a hot and spicy snack mix, add the roasted chana to the bowl along with onions, cucumbers, chili, cilantro, spices and lemon juice. Toss it well. Enjoy the delicious and yummy, diabetes friendly snack at a very low cost and convenience of your home and hygiene. 


Recipe Ideas from Shailja and Prachi for DFT this week.

Shailja’s Stuffed Mushrooms


Prachi’s Mung & Methi Steamed Dumplings.


Apsara’s Mung Sprouts



Other Health Benefits of Kala Chana


General Nutritional Breakdown of 1 cup Kala Chana or Black Gram.
Carbohydrates – 45 gms
Fiber – 13 gms
Protein – 14.5 gms
Sugar – 8 gms
Vitamin B-6 – 0.22 mgms
Thiamin – 0.19 mgms
Manganese – 1.7 gms
Copper – 900 micrograms 
Iron – 4.7 mgms 
Calcium – 80 mgms

A diet rich in fiber may lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer obesity and digestive problems. Vitamin B-6 and thiamin aid with energy metabolism and with the production of hormones and neurotransmitters. A high intake of minerals like iron, calcium, copper and manganese may lower the risk of osteoporosis, diabetes, anemia and arthritis.

Refer to this article for more details on Livestrong.

Other health benefits of Kala Chana; source – The Health Site.

1. Maintains hormonal levels in women. These also help in relieving mood changes during menstruation and post-menopausal symptoms in women.

2. Prevents anemia.

3. Controls your blood pressure. This legume helps in maintaining proper electrolyte balance in the body due to the presence of potassium and magnesium in it. 

4. High fiber content prevents Digestive Disorders.

5. Maintains a healthy heart. These beans contain high amounts of magnesium and folate which helps in strengthening the blood vessels along with lowering bad cholesterol (LDL – Low density lipoproteins) levels in the body.

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  1. Beautiful, beautiful post. Never heard of this street food but you have explained it so well. Awesome idea to make it healthier too. πŸ™‚

  2. absolutely love this fab post Sonal… i am literally salivating right now !! And i love the way u explained the concept of “Jor” and “Garam”.. Awesome ! πŸ™‚ Now i shall go back to dreaming about these and drooling πŸ˜›