Definition of chana in English:

chana

(also channa)

noun

Indian
  • [mass noun] Chickpeas, especially when roasted and prepared as a snack:

    ‘my cousin bought his channa, all crisp and peppered’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last night I made Salmon Croquettes, salad with avocado, chana masala and brown rice.’
    • ‘We also asked for a side order of saag chana (spinach and chickpea).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mix the green chutney, boiled potato and channa together.’
    • ‘Domestic God: ‘Know anything about cooking chana dal?’’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Sometimes the mother also sends down a bundle of savoury channa and beaten rice.’
    • ‘Next up was bhatura chana, a dish of chickpeas in a sweet gravy, served on poori bread.’
    • ‘We had aloo chana, which is basically chana masala with diced potatoes instead of half the chickpeas.’
    • ‘One of the most common dals is made from channa, the Indian chickpea.’
    • ‘er yeah, i'll have a mild aloo saag vindaloo and a super hot chana korma please. weird.’
    • ‘My meal was yummy - I had aloo chana masala (chickpeas and potato in a spicy tomato sauce) with mushroom rice.’
    • ‘Chickpeas, channa or garbanzo beans are very popular here.’
    • ‘These included cooked channa and cheese cake, table centers and artifices.’
    • ‘Louise, being vegetarian, had fewer options, including chana masala, sag aloo and vegetable biryani.’
    • ‘Indian food consists of curried chicken, potatoes, channa (chick peas), white rice, and roti, an Indian flatbread.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

From Hindi canā.

Pronunciation:

chana

/ˈtʃʌnə/