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Thalimpu Senagala / Chana Tadka / Seasoned Chickpeas

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Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

PrepTime:2 mins  CookTime:7-8 mins   Cuisine:Indian

This, Chana tadka / Seasoned chickpeas is a South Indian Origin snack/starter which is very easy to make, quick and of course very economical too. Above all its extremely healthy with the protein and fiber rich Garbanzo Beans/ Chana as the main ingredient.

Whenever I make this my kids would definitely go for another serving. They do love this very much mainly its very to no spice feature. For a family picnic/ kids lunch box I prefer this, ya only when I have boiled the chickpeas previous day. I can be pretty sure my kids would empty their lunches. Apart from all this, its a compulsory and auspicious dish made during any South Indian festivals.

This is a Vegan, Gluten free, Protein Rich, Low Fat and Fiber food. Hence, it can satisfy many people in any party/gathering.

Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips mentioned at the end.

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  • Garbanzo Beans/ Yellow Chickpeas/ Senagalu– 3 cups (boiled)
  • Cooking Oil – 1½ tablespoons
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Red Chilli powder/Paprika – ½ teaspoon
  • Desiccated/Fresh grated Coconut – 1 tablespoon
  • Dry Red Chillies – 3
  • Curry Leaves/ Karivepaku – 4 to 5
  • Fresh Coriander – 3 to 4 twigs
  • Lemon/Lime – 3 slices

Ingredients for Tempering:

  • Jeera / Cumin Seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds / Aavalu – ½ teaspoon
  • Urad dal / Minapappu / Split Black gram – ¾ teaspoon 
  • Chana dal / Senagapappu / Split Yellow Gram – ¾ teaspoon 
  • Sesame Seeds/ Til/ Nuvvulu – ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder/ Pasupu/ Haldi – ¼ teaspoon

Special Ingredients:

  • Curry Leaves/ Karivepaku
  • Desiccated Coconut

Step wise pics Procedure for Chana tadka / seasoned chickpeas:

  • Wash the coriander and finely chop it. Put aside.
  • Put a frying pan on stove top under medium flame, add the oil and heat it up.
  • Add all the ‘Ingredients for tempering’ and saute them.

    ‘Ingredients for tempering’ being added to the pan and sauteed
  • Break each dry red chilli into two and add them to the pan, along with curry leaves.
  • Saute them for 2-3 secs and then add all the boiled chickpeas/ chana to the pan.

    Dry Red Chillies, Curry Leaves and Garbanzo Beans/Yellow Chickpeas added to the pan
  • Just give a stir and add the required salt.
  • Toss/Mix everything and leave the pan open, for about 2-3 mins.
  • Then, add the desiccated/fresh grated coconut and red chilli powder.
  • Red Chilli Powder and Desiccated Coconut added to the pan
  • Gently mix up everything such that the grated coconut and chillis powder are coated thoroughly throughout all the chickpeas.
  • After 30 sec to 1 min, switch the flame off.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and lemon slice. Serve. Done!!
  • Seasoned Garbanzo Beans/ Yellow Chickpeas/ Chana served in a small bowl


  • To make Boiled Chickpeas at Home: Take the dry chickpeas, soak them in a bowl having double the quantity of fresh water. Leave it on kitchen platform for upto 7-8hrs. Transfer the same (along with the water) into a pressure cooker and cook it for up to 5-6 whistles. 
  • You can use any other variety of chickpeas, for the same recipe.
  • If you do not have few of the ‘Ingredients for tempering’, don’t bother just go with what you have.
  • Adjust the salt & spice as per your taste.
  • You can even add finely chopped green chillies for added spice.
  • This, Chana tadka / Seasoned chickpeas can be fresh only up to a day.


  • The taste of this, Chana tadka / Seasoned chickpeas starter is very very mild in spice and so is yummy.
  • If you squeeze in some lemon on top, the taste would be a mix of sour, sweet and spice.
  • And its more of chewy obviously because of the chickpeas.
  • My kids have at least one serving, whenever I made this.
  • Seasoned Garbanzo Beans/ Yellow Chickpeas/ Chana served in small bowls for kids

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