Himachali Khatta (Sweet and Tangy kale chane)

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Himachali Khatta (Sweet and Tangy kale chane)


Himachali Khatta recipe is one of the most popular dishes from Himachal Pradesh. Most of the time this cuisine is prepared in traditional function which is called Dham.  The recipe which I am presenting here is Himachali Khatta recipe which is sweet and tangy in taste and full of flavours and is usually eaten with rice.  I have given my special touch to the recipe by adding walnut powder which takes this dish to another dimension.   

Cooking Time

Preparation Time :6 Hr 0 Min

Cook Time : 40 Min

Total Time : 6 Hr 40 Min


Serves : 4
  • 1 cup Kala Chana (Black Chickpeas) , soaked over night

  • 1 Bay leaf (tej patta)

  • 1 black cardamom

  • 1 Onion finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic chopped

  • 1 green chilli finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon Mustard oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin (Jeera) seeds

  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint leaves finely chopped

  • For spiced water 2 cups Water, (the water in which chickpeas were boiled.)

  • 1/4 cup walnut powder

  • 1 tablespoon Jaggery

  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder

  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder

  • 1 teaspoon Dry Mango Powder

  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)

  • 1 teaspoon Gram flour (besan)

  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)

  • 1/4th teaspoon cinnamon powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste


  • To begin making the Himachali Khatta recipe, cook the soaked black chickpeas ( kala chana) in a pressure cooker with salt, and required water(approximately one and a half glass)
  • After first whistle, reduce the flame to low and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Once it cools down, drain out the water and keep it aside and use it to make spiced water.
  • Mix all the dry ingredient including jaggery, walnut powder, gram flour, asafoetida, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala, dry mango powder, red chilli powder, salt to the water which we got after boiling chickpeas, in a big mixing bowl.
  • On other hand, heat a kadai/wok and add mustard oil till it starts to smoke.
  • Reduce the flame, add bay leaf, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cardamom pod and asafoetida. Let it crackle for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the onions, garlic and green chillies and sauté until the onions soften (about 3 to 4 minutes).
  • Add spiced water mixture and bring it to a boil.
  • Next, add the boiled chickpeas (kala chana) and cinnamon powder and mix everything properly. Cook it on low flame for about 8 to 10 minutes until all the aromas get into the Himachali Khatta.
  • Once it is cooked add the chopped mint leaves and switch off the flame and serve hot.
  • Serve Himachali Khatta along with hot steamed rice or Phulkas for perfect Himachali lunch or dinner.