Definition of chana in English:


(also channa)


mass nounIndian
  • Chickpeas, especially when roasted and prepared as a snack.

    ‘my cousin bought his channa, all crisp and peppered’
    • ‘Next up was bhatura chana, a dish of chickpeas in a sweet gravy, served on poori bread.’
    • ‘My meal was yummy - I had aloo chana masala (chickpeas and potato in a spicy tomato sauce) with mushroom rice.’
    • ‘We also asked for a side order of saag chana (spinach and chickpea).’
    • ‘Indian food consists of curried chicken, potatoes, channa (chick peas), white rice, and roti, an Indian flatbread.’
    • ‘I don't know, but there's good stuff in there - whole cardamom pods and oil-soaked potatoes in the saag aloo, whole cinnamon sticks and peppercorns in the dal masala, and just incredible comfort in the kabli channa.’
    • ‘er yeah, i'll have a mild aloo saag vindaloo and a super hot chana korma please. weird.’
    • ‘Domestic God: ‘Know anything about cooking chana dal?’’
    • ‘Sometimes the mother also sends down a bundle of savoury channa and beaten rice.’
    • ‘One of the most common dals is made from channa, the Indian chickpea.’
    • ‘There, over a plate of chana dal, her faith was rewarded.’
    • ‘Scoop up the tantalizing layers of finest Basmati rice, melt-in-the-mouth pieces of meat, vegetables and channa and aromatic spices and herbs, right out of the traditional large ‘lagan’.’
    • ‘Chickpeas, channa or garbanzo beans are very popular here.’
    • ‘Last night I made Salmon Croquettes, salad with avocado, chana masala and brown rice.’
    • ‘In fact, the variety of packaged Indian meals stacked in major super store chains is now making even Indian housewives pick up some ‘dishes’ like creamy saag and dry channa with chillies or dry gobi-aloo.’
    • ‘Louise, being vegetarian, had fewer options, including chana masala, sag aloo and vegetable biryani.’
    • ‘We had aloo chana, which is basically chana masala with diced potatoes instead of half the chickpeas.’
    • ‘These included cooked channa and cheese cake, table centers and artifices.’
    • ‘Organisers estimated more than 130,000 people visited Peel Park to hear dozens of free shows and sample the renowned mela food, ranging from pakoras and chana to chocolate crêpes and candyfloss.’
    • ‘Smokey Swallows will be offering oysters - perfect with a taste of bubbly, teriyaki chicken satays, sushi, lamb vindaloo, green chicken korma and vegetable chana dahl.’
    • ‘Mix the green chutney, boiled potato and channa together.’


From Hindi canā.