Beetroot Chana Masala

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Chana is a Hindi word for a general class of pulses. The particular variety I am using in this dish is the ‘Bengalgram’ or Musambi kadle – light orangish yellow in colour as you see in the image below. It is a handly lunch sidedish to have in your kitty  – tasty and easy to prepare so even the starters can give a try.  Here it goes.

What you need to have:

1. Musmbi Kadle – 1 cup

2. Beet root chopped fine – 1 cup


   Ingredients of Beetroot chana masala

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Onions medium – 2

2. Tomato – 1/2

3. Grated coconut – a handful

4. Corriander leaves chopped – a handful

5. Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

6. Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

7. Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon

8. Rasam powder – 2 teaspoons

9. Cooking oil for Seasoning – 4 Teaspoons

banana-037          Ingredients of Seasoning

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and soak bengalgram overnight in water.   Chop beetroot fine as shown in the image above and cook both of them together in cooker till soft.

2. Chop onions, tomato fine and keep it aside.  Also chop corriander leaves and grate coconut.

3. Place a skillet with 4 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame.  On heating add mustard seeds to it.  When it splutters add salt and chopped onions from step 2 and fry till transparent.  Add chopped tomatoes as well to it and fry it till all water evaporates and is fried well.

4. Add turmeric powder, garam masala powder and rasam powder and just stir it for a minute.

5. Lastly add cooked chana-beetroot mix from step 1 and chopped corriander leaves, grated coconut from step 2 to it and stir well.

Ready to serve beetroot-chana masala is as shown in the image below. Enjoy hot with rice and dal.

asd-063Beet-Chana Masala

How long it takes: 30 minutes (other than soaking of Chana)

Number of servings: 4-5


15 thoughts on “Beetroot Chana Masala

    Madhuram said:
    December 15, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Amazing coincidence yesterday I tried channa masala with beet greens, but left out the beets to prepare curry. This is interesting.

    Uma said:
    December 16, 2008 at 5:48 am

    interesting combination! looks colorful and yummy.

    prathibalrao responded:
    December 16, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Hi Madhram, Uma,

    This is the simplest recipe , tastes great and can be prepared very fast provided Chana is soaked in advance. Thanx once again.

    Anjali said:
    December 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Hi this was one of my latest attempts.Goes well with chapathis………

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 30, 2008 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Anjali,

      Thanx a lot for comments. Actually it is one of the favorite dishes of my family.

    Dinkar said:
    January 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Tried it out and came out quite tasty.. Used a couple of modifications: a) Used canned chick peas instead (just for ease)..b) Sambar powder instead of rasam powder. Next time, I need to increase the spices a little. Thanks, and now move to the next recipe on your site!!

    prathibalrao responded:
    January 4, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Dinkar,

    Yeah, Sambar powder also serves the purpose. You are right.

    Anasuya said:
    April 4, 2009 at 5:55 am

    Hello mai..Sharat had told me about your blog..tried this recipe for dinner and we both just loved it.I had also cooked dal palak & bread upma.They turned out great. Thanks a lot for the lovely recipes.

    – Anasuya

    prathibalrao responded:
    April 4, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Hi Anasuya,

    R u from Mangalore??????Sharath’s Batch at KREC is it????Thanx a lot for ur comments. Please pass on the link to ur friends as well.

    Anasuya said:
    April 5, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Hello Mai, I am from Mangalore and I studied with Sharat at KREC. Will surely pass on this link to others.

    – Anasuya

    prathibalrao responded:
    April 6, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Hi Anasuya,

    Thanx a lot 4 ur instant response.

    Ember Pereira said:
    April 16, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Hi, i have tried a couple of your recipes and every recipe keeps getting better than the other, The Channa and also the dal palak is great. I always wondered how to cook simple yet delicious food , and your recipes have shown me the secret.Thank you so much .

    prathibalrao responded:
    April 16, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Hi Ember Pereira,

    Thanx a lot for your lovely words. Please pass on the link to ur friends.

    Aparna said:
    October 14, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Hi Prathiba Maayi,

    My mother-in-law cooked this a couple of weeks back and it turned out awesome. I had some beetroot in the fridge today so tried the recipe with a few other veggies along with the beets instead of chana. Turned out really good. Thanks for the recipe.

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 14, 2009 at 7:17 am

      Hi Aparna,

      Thanx a lot for ur feed back.Also thanx for visiting my blog.

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