Himachal channa madra recipe

Himachal Channa Madra Recipe

Himachal channa madra recipe

by Mrs Narottma Sharma

Himachal is a”Land of Gods” with incredible scenic beauty and wonderful traditions. With time, Himachalis have evolved and grown with their tradition. Food forms a large part of popular culture and Madra is one such wonderful delicacy.  The Himachal channa madra recipe comes from a very experienced cook whose love for Himachali food has grown with time. She values traditional food and love cooking it.


  • Kabuli Channa –  250gms (chick peas) : Soak kabuli channa overnight
  • Turmeric (Haldi) – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Curd (Dahi) – 1 kg : Whisked
  • Ghee – 3 tablespoon
  • Cinnamon (Dalchini) – 2 sticks
  • Green Cardamom (Choti Elaichi) – 5 to6
  • Clove (Laung) – 1
  • aniseed (Saunf) – 1 Teaspoon
  • Coriander (dhania) –  1 teaspoon
  • Cuminseed ( Jeera ) –  1 teaspoon
  • Asafetida (Hing) – 2 pinches
  • Salt to taste


Himachal Channa Madra Recipe

Recipe –  

Soak kabuli channa overnight in water

Boil them in pressure cooker till they are tender. Drain water and keep aside. click here to check texture

Take thick bottom pan and put ghee and spices and hing. Keep on low heat for a minute as spices should not get burned. Put whisked dahi in the pan along with Turmeric. Keep stirring on high flame continuously till the mixture starts boiling. Keep cooking on low heat till the gravy is thick and ghee separates. Add salt as per your taste. Keep stirring and scraping the pan to prevent the gravy from sticking and burning

Add our main ingredients, the boiled channa. Add warm water. Let it cook till you see a thick gravy. Take pan off the stove and cover it with lid.

Your tasty Madra following this Himachal channa madra recipe is ready.

Checkout our quick potato recipe here 

Colossal Umbrella would like to thank Mrs Narottma Sharma for such a wonderful and easy recipe. I am sure we will be hearing from her soon 



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9 thoughts on “Himachal Channa Madra Recipe

  1. Omg this looks so yummy. My friend’s mom made this for me about two weeks ago and it really solidified my love for chickpeas. Love how easy your recipe is too!

  2. Being a himachali l already know the recipe..I must say himachali food is totally incomplete without this tempting and mouth watering Channa Madra. Thanks for sharing this post.

  3. I’ve never made channa before. I’ve made plenty of dhal so I think it might be time to change it up a little. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. This looks so delicious, perfect for the colder months. Himachal sounds a beautiful place, especially if it is known as the Land of Gods. I would love to see it for myself.

  5. Every time i get to read those amazing exotic recipe with those incredible ingredient that i could even achieve in my own country i get so jealous and just promised my self the next visit of an Indian restaurant for my favorite food

  6. this sounds and looks delicious! I have never made a recipe like this before so I am excited to try it! You have so many good recipes on your blog. Thanks for continuing to share them with us 🙂 xx

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