Black Chana Soup/ Kala Chana Shorba

I long for hot n flavoursome soups on cold nights or when it pours. A bowl of aromatic hot soup not only soothes u but also boosts your immunity,  protecting us from fungal and bacterial infections. If ginger, garlic and whole spices are added to them, they keep us away from a cough and colds which trouble us in the change of season
Soups can be prepared with almost all the veggies, meats or legumes. Today I am sharing one such healthy soup or shorba which I have prepared with black chana or chickpeas. Black chana is cooked quite often in our kitchens and it’s stock which is left after boiling is very healthy. I always remember my childhood days when my mother used to boil chana and giving us kids the stock, saying it is as healthy as meat stock and good for your bones. So as I do now, the leftover stock, tempered with some aromatics and served with slices of bread or chana rice or chana biryani is one of the healthiest soups
On to the recipe
Preparation time – 6 hours or overnight
Cooking time – 25 minutes
Type – soup/appetizer
Cuisine – Indian
soaked black/ kala  chana – 1 cup
Water – 6 cups
Salt – 1 tap or to taste
The whole spice like a few cinnamon sticks,  star anise and cumin seeds
Butter – 2 tsps
Finely Chopped ginger and garlic – 1 tsp each
1- Add chana or black chana, water and salt to pressure cooker and boil for 15 minutes or 8-9 whistles at high flame
2- Let the cooker cool down completely and open the lid
3- Separate boiled chana from the stock with the help of a colander. This chana can be used to make Chana Chaat Or Chana Biryani. Now prepare for the tempering of chana soup
4- Heat butter at low flame in a pan add chopped garlic and ginger
5- Stir them to avoid burning
6- Add whole spices and stir for a few seconds. Time to add chopped tomatoes
7- Cook tomatoes well by mashing with the back of the ladle until the masala leaves the pan
8- Pour this flavoursome aromatic  tadka or tempering over the chana stock
Serve this aromatic, healthy kala chana shorba or Kala Chana soup with slices of bread or chana biryani.
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