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Chick Peas Kabuli Sortex

Kabuli Chana | Lalji Hirji & Sons in Mumbai,India

Kabuli chana is believed to be one of the earliest cultivated legumes. It is a small, hard, knobby, beige-coloured bean with a diameter of less than a centimetre. It looks kind of like a wrinkled hazelnut. Its nutty and creamy flavour, firm texture and minimal fat make it a versatile ingredient.
The desi varieties of chickpeas are small, angular seeds, which may be yellow, green, light brown or even black in colour. 

Chickpeas are a flavourful and healthful addition to several dishes, in both soaked and cooked form. Cooked and mashed chickpeas can be shaped into balls and fried as falafel, mixed with oil and spices to make hummus, or stirred into a batter and baked to make various dishes. Cooked, whole chickpeas can be added to salads, soups and stews. Add a dollop of yogurt to chickpeas to boost its protein power. Soaked and sprouted chickpeas can be used in salads. Makes a wonderful hearty chili and is excellent with flat breads.

You can even toss some cooked chickpeas into your soup. Boil and add to cooked rice and season with your favourite seasonings to make a wonderful balanced meal. Season with cumin seeds, tomatoes, garlic, chillies and ginger. Add some garam masala and yogurt or lime juice towards the end, and voila, you have a quick and tasty subzi ready for lunch!