One of the world’s first legumes, the chickpea (Cicer arietinum), also known as the Garbanzo bean, has been grown in India, the Middle East and parts of Africa for thousands of years. There is evidence that chickpeas may have first grown in Turkey 7,400 years ago.
But who would have thought that chickpeas could be so diverse and interesting?
Most of us are accustomed to the chickpeas that are most commonly used around the world: yellow chickpeas
But the lesser known type of traditional chickpea is the black chickpea or in Indian’s kala chana. Black chickpeas are also known as deci chickpeas, decis chana, kala chana, gram bengal, kabuli or sefaid beans.
Black chickpeas bear no resemblance to their white or yellow counterparts. They are smaller, blackish brown and have very thick skin. Black chickpeas have a warm, earthy taste. This chickpea has such a firm skin that it does not decompose on its own even after hours of cooking.
Black chickpeas are high in protein and should be cooked more than their white counterparts. Even after cooking, keep in mind that these beans are a small hard cookie. It never softens or decomposes as much as other beans and lentils. But do not worry, it is still delicious.
As mentioned, black chickpeas taste a little different from regular yellow chickpeas – perhaps a little more nutty – and have a firmer texture, so they do not soften, break or break apart during cooking. In India, it is often eaten with fried porridge, but we suggest serving it with rice and as a salad. Black chickpeas can be boiled, fried, roasted, stewed, or added to soups or flours, but the best-known foods for black chickpeas are hummus and falafel.
Black chickpea with its nutty taste and firm texture is the main ingredient of Mediterranean, Indian and Asian dishes. Here are some benefits of black chickpeas or chana:
1) The high fiber content of black chickpeas has a lower glycemic index. The soluble fiber in black chickpeas binds to bile acids and prevents them from being absorbed by the body, thereby lowering cholesterol levels. Daily consumption of about 4.3 cups of black chickpeas helps lower LDL cholesterol and cholesterol triglycerides.
2) The carbohydrates in black chickpeas are slowly digested, which lowers blood sugar levels. It also helps with the problem of insulin resistance and thus reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
3) Kala chana as a rich source of iron can prevent anemia and increase your energy level. This is especially useful for pregnant and lactating women as well as growing children. Iron plays an important role in the formation of hemoglobin, which helps carry oxygen from the lungs to all cells in the body.
4) Black chickpeas can be an ideal source of protein for vegetarians, when combined with whole grain or wheat protein. On the other hand, black chickpeas are high in calories and saturated fat.
5) Black chickpeas help treat digestive disorders because they keep the fiber in the digestive tract healthy. Fiber reduces the risk of constipation by reducing pressure on the gut. To treat constipation, soak black chickpeas in water overnight and in the morning, after sprinkling ginger and cumin powder on it, drink it with the juice.
6) Black chickpeas also work wonders for the skin, because of the presence of manganese, which gives energy to cells, helps fight aging.
This nutrient fights free radicals that can cause wrinkles, and the B vitamins in it act as fuel for cells.
7) Black chickpeas can be used to cleanse the face. Simply mix chickpea paste with turmeric and apply it on your face in the morning. Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water. This treatment also helps reduce age spots and brighten your face.
8) And finally, as you know, manganese deficiency can slow down hair growth. As chickpeas are high in protein, they can help prevent hair loss.
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