Roasted Chana: A Super Healthy Snack!

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
12 October 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

These protein-packed legumes provide a whole lot of yummy nutrition! The chana is a cousin of the chickpea. Essentially, it is called the Bengal gram, which is the chickpea’s close relative. Chana has a rather nutty flavour and is commonly added to snacks and dry curries and is used as flour as well. The Bengal gram is extensively cultivated in India, and plays a very noteworthy role in the Indian culinary scenario.

The incredible benefits of roasted chana

Urad Dal Benefits

Besides being quite versatile and very flavourful, the nutrition in roasted chana is worth mentioning as it can provide remarkable list of notable health benefits. Chana is packed with quality protein and is frequently considered a good substitute to animal protein. It has a good percentage of iron, selenium, copper and manganese. The chana is also brimming over with folic acid and fibre and contains plenty of phyto-chemicals too. Here are the outstanding nutritional gains of integrating this legume in to your diet:

• Chana contains a lot of protein. Eating chana everyday ensures that you get your daily quota of protein. Half a cup of the pulse delivers upwards 10 to 12 grams of protein.

• Packed with lots of fibre, the chana helps bring down cholesterol levels and keeps the heart functioning well.

• Chana is good for diabetics as well; it has a low glycaemic index and the complex carbs, fibre, and protein prevent your blood glucose levels from oscillating. Thus, it helps steady your blood sugar levels.

• The protein-fibre dream combination proffers good satiety too and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.

• Furthermore, it also has resistant starch which encourages fat metabolism and also squashes your appetite through the release of acetate - which literally tells you to stop eating! Hence, the chana is fantastic for weight watchers and helps maintain an ideal body weight.

Including a mere half cup of these pulses everyday is all you need to get hold of these fabulous benefits.

Recipe for roasted chana

Black Gram Uses

The chana turns into crunchy, yummy, and decidedly snackable nibbles when roasted. Soak the pulses in water for about 20 minutes. Then boil till cooked well. Don’t make it too mushy and soft, the chana should hold its shape. Pop these in to the oven for 15 minutes. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil and dust with salt, pepper, chaat masala, haldi and chilli powder. Bake until golden brown! Your roasted chana snack is ready!

The ingredients are super simple, yet completely satisfying, and it all comes together in hardly any time. You could crank it up a notch, and add chopped onions and tomatoes and oodles of lime juice and you have a super tasty and health snack. Have roasted chana as an afternoon bite to battle your hunger pangs; the protein in roasted chana, in addition to the fibre, should help you feel sated.

Quick serve ideas!

1. Add lots of crunch to your bhel by incorporating half a cup of roasted chana.

2. Lend a refreshing twist to your daily trail mix – combine roasted cashews, almonds, chana and peanuts – bags of flavour and wholesome nourishment!

3. Add a few spoonfuls of roasted chana to your chutneys to amp up the nutrition quotient.

For enjoying the benefits of roasted chana, try Tata Sampann Kala Chana which is sourced from the fields of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, which are known for their good quality. Stock up on this versatile ingredient for major metabolism advantages. The chana is a very economical way to get loads of protein and punches of nutrition in your diet.


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