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Green Garbanzo (Hare Chana)

Guggullu (Sundal):

Fresh Green Garbanzos ~ Pods and Shelled

Popular seasonal treat of India, fresh garbanzo beans are a true delight. Their sweet nutty flavor makes them a great snack. I am extremely fond of fresh garbanzos when they are prepared in traditional Guggullu style.

Here is the basic Guggullu recipe:

Shell green garbanzos from the pods.
Bring a pot of water to boil.
Add and cook garbanzos for about 2 minutes and drain. (Fresh green garbanzos are like freshly shelled peas. They cook fast and for this recipe, sometimes we add them raw also.)
In a skillet, heat oil.
Add and saute fresh curry leaves and finely sliced shallots/red onions to golden.
Add the garbanzos. Sprinkle salt, red pepper flakes, grated coconut and turmeric. Mix and cook for a couple of minutes.
Serve hot with some lemon juice sprinkled on.

Guggullu with Green Garbanzos

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Amma & Authentic Andhra,Hara Chana(Green Chickpeas),Indian Vegetables (Thursday May 17, 2007 at 9:37 pm- permalink)
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  1. Aren’t these creamier than dried chickpeas? Did they have a bite when used in a sundal?

    Comment by Suganya — May 17, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

  2. Lovely photo Indira especially the one with the pods!

    Comment by madhuli — May 17, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

  3. Great photo and simple recipe. Lovely !!! I likey 🙂


    Comment by Mythili — May 18, 2007 @ 12:56 am

  4. Wow do you find these fresh greens. i love them but hardly find here. lovely photos as ever

    Comment by Roopa — May 18, 2007 @ 1:06 am

  5. Did anyone ever call this “Jhangri” ?

    Comment by sandeepa — May 18, 2007 @ 5:44 am

  6. Where can we get these? What are they called in Indian store? Great recipe!!

    Comment by Sandhya — May 18, 2007 @ 6:43 am

  7. Nice pics ….you are too good lady …..I am not sure if we can get this at st louis .

    Comment by Deepa — May 18, 2007 @ 6:46 am

  8. Dear Indira,

    Thanks a lot for the beautiful pic of garbanzo in pod. It is totally different from what I’d imagined it to be. Will it cook in 2 mins? I need to find this in the local shops here!

    Thanks again

    sri valli

    Comment by Sri Valli — May 18, 2007 @ 9:04 am

  9. Indira,
    I absolutely love fresh garbanzos. In India, I and Dad used to sit for hours eating them. Thanks for bringing back some fond memories. This recipe looks mouth-watering.

    Comment by Swapna — May 18, 2007 @ 9:48 am

  10. Great recipes with fresh garbanzo beans.Thank you for sharing.sometimes these are available in mexican grocery stores.Durga

    Comment by durga — May 18, 2007 @ 9:56 am

  11. as far as I know in Turkey we do not cook with these fresh ones but enjoy them raw. I remember buying them on the way from school and popping the pods one by one, hoping they will never end. I should make sure to grow some next year, I wonder how i missed that last year!

    Comment by fethiye — May 18, 2007 @ 10:10 am

  12. Hello Indira,

    YOur pictures are fabulous. These green beauties are called Hari Boot in Hyderabad. We used to get these with leaves, stems and roots. Bandiwalas will sell them in bunches(Kattas). Oh! thanks for evoking nostalgia. Hyderabad, how much I crave for you.

    Comment by Sapna — May 18, 2007 @ 10:25 am

  13. Sorry to hear about the bomb blast. I do not know the exact location hoping everyone is safe !

    Comment by Revathi — May 18, 2007 @ 10:30 am

  14. Hi dear,
    Both Pictures & recipes are gr8…. Those Garbanzos look really yummy…the snap is so perfect that i can feel the taste in my mouth…
    I love to visit ur site…..
    Hey BTW i was in Seattle this month…& i just passed by the Market u mentioned(not much time in hand)

    Comment by Soumya — May 18, 2007 @ 9:42 pm

  15. Indira, The Picture quality is really awesome. And the way you explain is worth reading.

    Which Camera do you use and please tell us if you have any trick to shoot foods, like you do.

    Comment by Saumendra — May 19, 2007 @ 12:17 am

  16. Damn, Indira… all these green garbanzo recipes of yours are making me really WISH I could get some here! Cant even get the blessed things frozen, never mind fresh. Guess I’ll have to wait till I visit my sister in Seattle (in July/August) 🙂

    Indira replies:
    Shammi, that is great news!
    I can’t wait to meet you. 🙂 Mail me when you arrive here.

    Comment by Shammi — May 19, 2007 @ 12:39 am

  17. Hi Indira, your pics are fabulous…..lovely. Really its simple recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Jyothi — May 19, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

  18. Hi Indira,

    I recently came to know about ur site from some search site. The recipe’s and relavent snaps look too-good. Never tried any till now. Will try some time.

    I too happen to hail from Hyderabad and currently reside in Seattle. Had been to pike place market, but never seen these Garbanzo fresh beans. Should try to explore this time. In which place do u stay and usually where do u shop for Indian groceries.


    Comment by Vijaya — May 19, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

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    Comment by India Counts — May 20, 2007 @ 9:17 am

  20. Hi Indira, I saw these for the first time yesterday and now I wish I had bought some — your recipes look marvelous! Will surely try if I see them again. 🙂

    Comment by Linda — May 20, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

  21. What is the average cooking time for these fresh green garbonzos?

    Comment by Cynthia — May 20, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

  22. Hi Indira,

    The sidebar is showing some pretty offensive links in terms of comments!!

    Just to let you know, in case you dont…
    Its a shame how people will ruin a perfectly wholesome browsing experience!!


    Comment by AA — May 20, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

  23. Thats strange! As soon as I posted the comment, they disappeared. It was showing under “”…and now suddenly that whole section of the sidebar is gone.

    Comment by AA — May 20, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

  24. Hi AA, I just saw your comment.
    Offensive material in the sidebar? This is making me extremely worrried.
    Could you please contact me via email. I would like to know more details. Thanks AA.

    Did anyone else see this?

    Comment by Indira — May 20, 2007 @ 8:12 pm

  25. These are beautiful! I remember I was breathless the first time I saw fresh chickpeas in their individual little podlings–Why should I have been so surprised?
    I guess I always imagined that they just dropped into their bins at the grocer’s out of the sky.

    If anyone in New York is looking for green garbanzos, I have seen them at some grocery stores in the Flushing section of Queens–mostly Main Street and Kissena Blvd. Sorry I can’t be more precise.

    Comment by the chocolate lady — May 20, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

  26. Hi Indira
    I took a trip to Pike Place in search of these beauties but I was too late, most of the veggie stalls had closed and I couldn’t find any!

    Bummer.. also, I dont see any of the frozen kind at Trader Joes any more by U District. Its also sad as I really enjoy the taste of green garbanzos.

    By the way, I dont see issues that AA posted about. Your site looks ok to me.


    Comment by archana — May 20, 2007 @ 9:45 pm

  27. Hey Indira, I saw some stuff. It looked like comment feeds were included in the right sidebar to show recent comments. Some of them were the kind that you usually send straight to the spam bin. The HTML code appeared to be broken. I saw this earlier this evening but couldn’t post a comment or send you an email at the time.

    I don’t see it now so I’m guessing it was something you were playing with in the template and have since removed.

    Comment by Manisha — May 20, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

  28. I know it should be obvious to me…but I cant seem to find your email here!! 😀
    I will blame it on the lack of coffee!!

    What I saw was what Manisha mentions…it was a comment feed that appeared just under your calender on the right side bar, that said ‘’ and then ‘XXX link on guggullu’, ‘similar link’ on ‘sanagaballa thotakura’ etc.

    Since it isnt there anymore, I suppose it was a template thing too…

    I didnt mean to cause unnecessary alarm, just wanted to make you aware in case you were not.

    Hope all is well now!

    Comment by AA — May 21, 2007 @ 9:10 am

  29. Archana, Manisha and AA thanks very much for your response.

    We weren’t at home yesterday and I was totally unaware of this incident. Thanks AA for notifying me. I removed the comments display on the sidebar about a year ago. I don’t know how this could have happened all of a sudden. We are still trying to find the leak to prevent future happenings.

    If any of you know more about this type of comment spam, could you please mail me at ( Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.

    Comment by Indira — May 21, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

  30. Hi Indira,

    I love your blog…..I cook off it so much, that my kitchen might just about be like yours, an imitation however! Thanks for all your fantastic pictures and posts.
    Can you post the recipe for Mirchi Bajji…..this is a request from another Hyderabadi!

    Comment by Sunija — May 22, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

  31. Recipe for mirchi bajji is already available. Please check this:

    Comment by Madhavi — May 22, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

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