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Spicy Chickpeas (Chana Usli)

This version of Chana usli is usually distributed at the time of Ugadi and Rama navami festivals in our grama devi temple – which is a beautiful temple on the hills at our place. Everyone eagerly waits for this prasadam after pooja at the temple on these festivals. As some of our viewers requested, I thought of posting this traditional recipe. I got this from bhatmam(priest) of the temple who usually prepares this for the festivals. It is healthy and nutritious. Hence I introduced it as a side dish at our home too.

Click here to see another version of chana usli using black chickpeas.

1 cup chana/chickpeas (soak overnight in water)
½ cup grated coconut
6-7 red chillies
2 tea spn coriander seeds
2 tea spn mustard seeds
½ tea spn cumin seeds
¼ tea spn fenugreek seeds
¼ tea spn asafoetida
1 tea spn jaggery
½ tea spn tamarind


Cook chana in sufficient water with the salt in a cooker and keep it aside.
Fry coriander seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and red chillies in oil. Turn off the heat and add asafoetida. Coarse grind this along with grated coconut and tamarind with minimum quantity of water. Add this mixture to already cooked chana. Add jaggery to this and cook for 2 minutes.
Chanal usli is ready to be served either with chapatis or as a side dish with rice. It can also be served as evening snacks.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 25mins

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{ 24 comments… add one }

  • Alisa November 16, 2010, 8:11 pm

    I love chickpeas and I love the mix of spices you used for this.I cant wait to try this soon.

  • musical November 16, 2010, 8:27 pm

    Looks spicy HOT!

  • Aruna November 16, 2010, 8:50 pm

    Never eaten this type,. Must try.

  • Anthony Stemke November 16, 2010, 10:22 pm

    This will be my next chickpea dish, like all the ingredients.

  • indianspicemagic November 17, 2010, 12:17 am

    Love the spices which you have used.Never tried chana this way..

  • pelicano November 17, 2010, 12:19 am

    That looks SO delicious! Thank you for sharing, Mrs. V!

  • Priya November 17, 2010, 5:08 am

    Very interesting and spicy usili..

  • Financial Services Outsourcing November 17, 2010, 7:54 am

    i like chickenpeas….. nice dish

  • Dr.Sameena November 17, 2010, 8:42 am

    The spicy chcik peas look really inviting…One of my favorites…:)



  • Priya Sreeram November 17, 2010, 9:30 am

    Hi there,
    first time to your wonderful space… u post some awesome and unique recipes—- love ur way of preentation ! Keep it up!

  • SS November 17, 2010, 12:18 pm

    very interesting recipe,thank you very much for sharing

  • Divya Vikram November 17, 2010, 2:32 pm

    Different and spicy way to cook chickpeas.

  • norma November 17, 2010, 4:08 pm

    I like this chickpea recipe and you did great with the pictures

  • vanishri bhat November 18, 2010, 9:37 am

    Hey shilpa,
    Nice different recipe. i never had a spicy red usli. i think i will try this one out.

  • Varsha November 18, 2010, 1:13 pm

    different and yummy looking….must try making this

  • kamath November 18, 2010, 9:11 pm

    looks wow..ill try this one tomorrow.. :)

  • Rajani November 19, 2010, 12:15 pm

    Very unique spice mixture, thanks a ton for sharing

  • Sajna November 23, 2010, 3:01 am


    I made this today & came out very well. Just like the pic.

    can i copy ur receipe to my FB account?

    • Shilpa November 23, 2010, 8:51 am

      You can always link to it.

  • Namrata December 18, 2010, 1:46 pm

    We used to call it “pooja channa” and wait to eat it!

  • Rashmi January 4, 2011, 9:04 pm

    Looks very tasty, will prepare this usli soon. Nodidra tinnohange atu!! :)

  • Madhavi March 7, 2011, 9:18 am

    Great Recipes Shilpa.u dont miss out key ingredients .Keep up the good work.


  • appy February 24, 2015, 2:34 am

    ½ cup grated coconut
    6-7 red chillies
    2 tea spn coriander seeds
    2 tea spn mustard seeds
    ½ tea spn cumin seeds
    ¼ tea spn fenugreek seeds
    ¼ tea spn asafoetida
    1 tea spn jaggery
    ½ tea spn tamarind

    Am Sorry but what does A refer to here?? Is it like 1 1/2 tsp?
    Please help

    • Shilpa February 24, 2015, 10:14 am

      Appy, Thanks for pointing it. I think there was some error and it was showing some extra characters. I have updated it now.

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