Recipe By Mushell Shere
Published Feb 19th
Kala Chola Pakistani-Style
Prep 20m Cook 3h 10m Additional 8h Ready In 11h 30m
Servings 4 servings Calories 386.1

‘Kala Chola’ is a Pakistani dish that can be served as a meal, with rice, or just on its own. It is made with kala chana, which is in the family of garbanzo beans. You can find them in Indian/Pakistani stores or in the Indian/Pakistani section of an international store. It is really tasty and very popular in my home. According to my mom (a diabetic), kala chana are high in fiber and low in fat. It is great for people with blood sugar problems. Serve by garnishing with onion and cilantro with basmati rice. Hope you all enjoy it.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups dry black garbanzo beans (kala channa)
  • water to cover
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground red chile pepper
  • 4 dried red chile peppers
  • water as needed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place garbanzo beans in a large bowl. Pour enough water over the beans to cover by several inches. Soak 8 hours to overnight. Rinse and drain the garbanzo beans thoroughly.
  2. 2 Combine garbanzo beans, 3 cups water, tomatoes, 1 finely chopped onion, jalapeno pepper, vegetable oil, salt, turmeric, ground red chile pepper, and dried whole chiles in a large pot over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until the garbanzo beans are tender, 3 to 4 hours, adding water as needed to keep about 1 inch of liquid at the bottom of the pot.
  3. 3 Garnish with cilantro and 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion to serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 386.1
  • Carbohydrate 51.8 g
  • Fat 14.5 g
  • Fiber 14 g
  • Protein 15.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.1 g
  • Sodium 989.1 mg
  • Sugar 12 g


  1. I often use canned beans to make it faster but the flavor is amazing! I make this dish often and highly recommend trying it!
  2. I make this regularly now. It's amazing! A new favorite dish for my family, kids included. unfortunately I haven't found or used the dried black garbanzo beans and usually use two drained cans of regular garbanzo beans simmered for about two hours, but it's always wowed family and guests alike. This recipe is a must - Read more ...
  3. Kaala Chana is my husband's favorite dish and I have been trying to make it the way he likes it for years with no results. This is the only recipe which he really loves, thank you for sharing it. I followed the recipe exactly and the chana's were cooked perfectly and the shorwa had a - Read more ...
  4. Yes I am a dork for reviewing my own recipe just wanted people to know that they could also make this in the slow cooker by decreasing the water and extending the cooking time. I love it so easy to make and so good!