Chickpeas is also known as garbanzo beans and comes in a couple of different varieties - Kabuli Chana and Kala Chana. Chickpeas are a healthy way to add proteins to a diet. In addition, black chickpeas/ kala chana are rich in fibre , iron, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, magnesium and a plethora of other minerals which are immensely beneficial to building a strong body.
Did you now, Kala Chana is rich in fibre and provides 13 grams of dietary fiber. A diet rich in fibre can greatly contribute to weight loss. Kala chana is rich in both soluble and insoluble fibre, both of which are very important bodily functions. Unlike carbohydrates, fiber can’t be broken down and absorbed by your digestive system. Instead it helps slow down digestion, it moves through your body and helps in easy passage of stool.
In addition, soluble fiber attaches to cholesterol particles and takes them out of the body. This helps in reducing cholesterol levels and in turn the risk of heart disease. In addition, the soluble fibre does not contribute to the blood sugar spikes and hence can even help keep diabetes under control.
Lastly, Kala Chana is also rich in calcium and iron. The vitamin C in kala chana helps improve the absorption of iron in the blood giving your body the nutrition it needs.
Below are a collection of Kala Chana recipes that are spread across various cuisines from North and South india that are easy to cook and delicious to eat. Give them a try and stay in good health.