Boiled hara chana
First wash the green chickpeas thoroughly in water until water runs clear. Then soak it in water overnight. Next day drain it. To cook it, place the hara chana in a vessel and cover completely with water. Add salt to taste, cover with a lid and pressure cook it for 3 to 4 whistles. Once cooked, remove from the pressure cooker and drain the excess water. Boiled hara chana can be enjoyed just like that, hot or warm or cold. It can also be tossed in butter with minimal spices, or used in chaats and sabzis.
Sprouted hara chana
First wash the green chickpeas thoroughly in water until water runs clear. Then soak it in water overnight. Next day drain it. Spread the soaked and drained chickpeas on a colander or a sieve and cover with a moist muslin/cotton cloth. Alternatively use only wet muslin cloth and bundle it up. Let the chickpeas sprout over a period of 10 to 12 hours. If you have used a muslin cloth and if the cloth seems dry, sprinkle some water over it. Moderate warmth, water and air are very essential for proper sprouting. Do not keep the soaked seeds closeted. Ideally, room temperature is best for growing sprouts. When the sprouts have grown to the desired length, open the muslin cloth, rinse them again, drain well and then put them in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
• Boiled or sprouted hara chana can be made into exciting salads and chaats, combined with other veggies and fruits.
• It can also be used in a variety of curries and vegetable preparations.
• It can even be used to make recipes like cheela and sabzis.
How to store hara chana, green chick peas
• Store the hara chana in a clean, dry and air-tight container.
• Some people add four to five mercury pills per kilogram of the chana to improve its shelf life. In such a case, it may last for even six months. But remember to remove the mercury pills before cooking. They are harmful.
Health benefits of hara chana, green chick peas
Hara chana is a good source of protein as well as carbohydrates. Green chickpeas are also rich in B-vitamins, which help your body use carbohydrates, protein
and fat from food. Even more impressive, half a cup of green chickpeas provides one-third of the magnesium
needs and about one-fifth of the iron
needs daily, supporting your bone, blood cells, muscles and nerve function. Like other beans, hara chana is rich in dietary fibre
. The fibre in the chana helps stabilise blood sugar levels and give you a feeling of satiety. Thus it is suitable for weight loss
and heart disease