Kala Vatana Amti Recipe (Maharastrian Black Chickpea Curry)

Nithya Anantham
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Kala Vatana Amti Recipe (Maharastrian Black Chickpea Curry)

Kala Vatana Amti is a very popular dish from the Malvan region of the Maharashtra. It is a coastal cuisine  and is a very spicy dish. Coconut is an important ingredient and the recipe cannot be made without it. A very nutritious dish and a must item to be included in our diet. 

It can be served for a special weeknight dinner or lunch. 

Serve this spicy Kala Vatana Amti (Maharashtrian Black Chickpeas Curry) with Phulkas or Jeera Pulao.

Check few more recipes of chickpea, few have been mentioned here as well. 

  1. Vegetarian Chickpea Burger Recipe.
  2. Vegan Chickpea Omelet Recipe
  3. Chickpea Salad With Raw Mango Recipe.


Cuisine: Maharashtrian
Course: Lunch
Diet: High Protein Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

40 M


4 Servings


  • 1 cup Black Chickpea (kala chana) , boiled
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 1 Tomato , finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin (Jeera) powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom (Elaichi) Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Tamarind Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida (hing)
  • 4 sprig Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , finely chopped for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • Salt , to taste
  • To dry roast and make a paste
  • 5 Dry red chillies
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Star anise
  • 2 teaspoon Coriander (Dhania) Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds (Saunf)
  • 1 teaspoon Poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin (Jeera) seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Dry coconut (kopra) , grated

How to make Kala Vatana Amti Recipe (Maharastrian Black Chickpea Curry)

  1. To begin making the Kala Vatana Amti (Maharashtrian Black Chickpea Curry), soak the kala Vatana or the black chickpeas overnight and pressure cook with enough water for two whistles and keep them aside.

  2. Now prepare the spice mix by dry roasting the ingredients listed to aromatic and make a paste in a mixer by adding little water to a paste consistency.

  3. Heat oil in a wok in medium flame, add the mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves and let it splutter.

  4. Add the chopped onion and sauté till onions are translucent.

  5. Add the ginger garlic paste and cook till the raw smell goes away.

  6. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes gets mushy.

  7. Add the cumin powder, pepper powder and the cardamom powder and give it a stir.

  8. To this add the boiled kala vatana or the black chickpeas and cook for two minutes.

  9. Add the spice mix to this and enough water to your desired consistency.

  10. Add the tamarind paste and season with salt and let it boil for ten minutes till the curry thickens.

  11. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.

  12. Serve the Kala Vatana Amti (Maharashtrian Black Chickpea Curry) with Bakri or steamed rice for the weeknight dinner.

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Last Modified On Tuesday, 27 December 2016 11:14
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