Use Roasted Chana for weight loss (Dieticians way)

Did you know including Chana in your diet can actually suppress the appetite and melt the unwanted fat away?

Chana is a natural supplement, when it’s consumed in roasted or boiled form it leads to noticeable weight loss within few days.

You can not only use Roasted chana for weight loss but also use it to fulfil your body’s daily protein requirement, especially if you are gyming.

Chana is extremely common here in India and is actually a staple food.

All most all the forms of chana is good for health. Having said that there are different types of Chana such as Black Bengal gram, Kabuli Chana, Brown chickpeas, whole black grams and so on, each has different size, shape and colors.

These different types are of Chana or chickpeas can be used in many ways I have listed some of the best combinations below, before that let’s learn to make Roasted chickpeas.

How to make roasted chana for weight loss

Roasted chana for weight loss - recipe

To make roasted Chana follow easy to follow below steps:

Step 1: Wash the black chana dry it thoroughly.

Step 2: Put it in the Owen and roast it until the water content is gone.

Step 3: Let it cool down

Step 4: Roast it again until the outer skin of chana is nice and crisp

Your healthy snack is ready, have it during evening time or anytime when you want to suppress the hunger.

Ok, so now that you know how to make roasted chana let’s make it even tastier by trying below combinations.

These combinations will keep your taste buds happy at the same time help you to achieve your weight loss goal.

Combination of roasted chana

Roasted chickpeas combinatins

1.) Roasted masala chana

To make roasted masala Chana you would need below ingredients

  • Boiled chickpeas (Any type would do, I prefer Kabuli Chana)
  • 1 Teaspoon chili powder
  • One and a half Teaspoon of chat masala powder
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin powder
  • One and a half teaspoon of dried mint powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive oil

Once you have the above ingredients ready you can make your tasty roasted chana for your evening snacks.

Follow the 4 easy steps to make Masala roasted chickpeas

Step 1: Mix all the spices in the bowl (Don’t add too much chaat masala and mint leaves powder, one few pinch would do the trick).

Step 2: Mix the boiled chickpeas by adding the olive oil

Step 3: Bake the chickpeas at 180 degree Celsius for 15 – 18 minutes in a Convection

Step 4: Store the roasted chickpeas in an airtight container.

You can have this during snack time or during episodes of hunger cravings.

2.) Roasted chana mixed with roasted peanuts

This is very simple.

All you need to do is mix 1/4th of roasted peanuts along with 3/4th of roasted chana.

Note that do not increase the peanut content as it will disrupt the balance and unnecessarily add fat contents. 3/4th and 1/4th formula works perfectly fine.

Key to reduce weight with any weight loss diet is discipline. If you are using roasted chana for weight loss then you need to make sure you replace the junky snacks with these healthy ones.

It will take time but eventually you will see your BMI is improving.

3.) Roasted chana sattu

Roasted chana sattu is actually a health drink and acts as a fat cutter drink.

This drink is extremely high on Protein and low in fat and carbs.

Apart from sattu other ingredients such as black salt, black pepper powder and mint leaves acts as a typical fat burner.

Let’s take a quick look at the ingredients needed to make sattu.

Roasted chickpeas powder

2-3 chopped mint leaves

½ teaspoon Black Salt and Black Pepper

Once you have the above ingredients ready, follow the below steps to make your weight loss drink.

Step 1: Mix two tablespoon of chickpeas powder in a glass of cold water.

Step 2: Add the black salt, mint leaves and black pepper, mix it well

And you weight loss drink is ready.

Have this drink two to three times a week by replacing your conventional oily snacks.

Quick tip: Roasted Chana sattu can be an excellent after workout drink. This can easily replace the synthetic protein shakes that you consume after workouts.

4.) Roasted chana with jaggery

This recipe is not suited if you are diabetic. Having said that don’t be skeptical about the jaggery thing.

Jaggery in small quantity is actually very good for health. Including jaggery acts as a natural detoxifier and liver cleanser.

Jaggery contains truckloads of anti-oxidants and minerals that your body likes so don’t hesitate to add a pinch of jaggery powder mixed with roasted chana.

Avoid this if you are diabetic.

5.) Roasted chana dal laddu made from Honey or Jaggery

In india roasted chana laddu is very common.

To make this laddu you simply need to mix the jaggery powder along with chickpeas flour by add some water to it.

Make it like a laddu and save it to air tight container.

Shelf life of this laddu is very limited, therefore you would need to consume it within 2 days.

Roasted Chana Nutritional benefits, per 100 Grams

Roasted chickpeas nutritional contents

  • Potassium – 0 mg
  • Sodium – 0 mg
  • Saturated – 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated 1 g
  • Dietary Fiber – 8 g
  • Monounsaturated – 1 g
  • Sugars – 5 g
  • Cholesterol – 0 mg                  
  • Transfat – 0 g
  • Protein – 9 g
  • Vitamin C – 2%
  • Iron – 22%
  • Total Carbs – 27 g
  • Total Calories – 164

Roasted Chana benefits

Roasted chana health benefits

Apart from its weight loss properties roasted chana has ton more to offer. It’s an excellent food for vegetarians who do not have access meat and fish proteins.

Below are some common benefits you will find amongst all types of chickpeas.

Heart food

Since roasted Chana along with its skin is loaded with many vitamins and minerals it helps to keep the blood pressure levels under check.

Furthermore, the potassium content in Chana helps keeps the heart rhythm in good shape.

Regular consumption of drinks such as Sattu, Lauki juice and and cinnamon water will help to strengthen the heart and reverse the coronary arterial disease.

Weight loss

Regular consumption of chana promotes fat assimilation and healthy bones.

Health drink such as Sattu can do wonders if consumed after the workouts. Furthermore, Chana suppresses unnecessary cravings, thereby helping you to avoid junk meals in between.

It not only suppresses hunger but also detoxifies and cleanses the liver if consumed with combination such as jaggery or honey.

So if you are looking for a junk meal replacement snack then roasted chana is your go to food.

Eat roasted Chana for weight loss and healthy heart, the long term benefits are priceless.

Low glycemic index and Stabilizes blood sugar levels

Chickpeas have low glycemic index which means the release of glucose is gradual and not sudden.

Due to this very property it’s extremely suitable for diabetics and health conscious individuals. Since the release of glucose into the blood stream is slow it also helps to regulate the insulin response, therefore it becomes an anti-obesity food.

If you are on a weight loss mission and have already consulted a dietician then I am pretty sure you would have list of foods that have extremely low glycemic index and chana would be one of them.

The logic is clear here, we don’t want the body’s insulin response to go crazy. Irregular insulin response leads to inflammation, obesity and diabetes.

Iron powerhouse

Whether it’s a black Chana or Kabuli Chana, It doesn’t matter, all types of chickpeas are loaded with Iron.

We all know how important iron is, it not only helps to increase hemoglobin levels naturally but it’s also responsible to maintain healthy cells, nails, Skin and hair.

Iron deficiency can have some serious consequences, key functions like transport of oxygen, healthy brain functions, Immune system, Nervous system and many more will be affected.

Thus roasted Chana along with weight loss also gives us some serious positive byproducts.

Source of protein for vegetarians

When it comes to protein vegetarians tend to have limited choices but protein coming from plant i.e. by consuming roasted chick peas is simply the best as it’s a plant based protein.

Plant based proteins tend to have limited or no side effects therefore these days there is a trend of plant based proteins amongst body builders and gym going individuals.

The reason chickpeas gives you the feeling of being full is because of the high protein and high fiber content. Therefore it’s recommended that to keep hunger pranks at bay consume a handful of roasted Chana and you will be set for next new hours.

It’s excellent to keep the appetite in control.

Excellent for Anemics

If you are suffering from Anemia then this food can do wonders for you. Due to its high iron content and hemoglobin boosting properties it becomes an excellent food for Anemics.

Immune booster

The immune boosting properties of Roasted chana comes via the nutrients we get from this humble food.

Regular consumption of roasted chickpeas over a period of time helps to build the overall wellness by strengthening the digestive system and liver functions.

Roasted Chana in pregnancy

High protein and Iron content in Roasted chana makes it an excellent food for pregnant and lactating mothers. Furthermore, it’s extremely beneficial for women during menstruation, especially for those suffering from excessive bleeding.

After the pregnancy in most cases hemoglobin level goes down due to bleeding. Therefore it’s important to consume foods that are high in iron, Zinc and other important minerals.


You can not only use roasted Chana for weight loss but also use it to fulfil your daily nutritional needs instead of taking over the counter multivitamins or synthetic vitamin tablets consume a handful of roasted chickpeas.

One serving of roasted Chana can faar exceed the benefits of synthetic vitamin pills prescribed by allopathy doctors.

That would be it for now!

Lastly, Out of all the combinations of making roasted Chana which one did you like the most? Please feel free to comment below.

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