What is Caribbean Aloo?

What is Caribbean Aloo?

Channa is also known as chickpeas, garbanzo beans or ceci beans. Aloo on the other hand is what we Trinidadians refer to potato. Hence the term channa and aloo. In this dish, channa and aloo are simmered in a fragrant curry sauce flavored with aromatics including turmeric, cumin and fresh herbs.

How do you make Trinadadian Channa?

Add 1/4 cup water, chickpea cooking liquid, or broth to the pot and stir. Add the cooked chickpeas to the pot, cover, turn the heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Uncover the pot, add the remaining liquid and the salt and simmer uncovered for another 20 minutes. Stir in the chopped cilantro.

How do you make Chana sauce?

For Chana Masala Gravy

  1. 2 tablespoon oil or as needed.
  2. 1 small bay leaf (optional)
  3. 1 inch cinnamon (optional)
  4. 2 cloves (optional)
  5. 2 green cardamoms (optional)
  6. 1½ cups onions (fine chopped, 2 large)
  7. 1 green chili slit or chopped (optional)
  8. ¾ to 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste (or ½ tbsp each fine chopped)

How do you make boil and fry Channa?


  1. Bring a medium pot of water up to a boil. Add soaked chickpeas.
  2. On medium-high heat, add oil to the skillet. Add onions, garlic, and pepper.
  3. Add chickpeas and fry for a few additional minutes.
  4. Add jeera, paprika, black pepper, salt, and scallions. Fry a few more minutes.
  5. Adjust seasonings to your taste.

How do you make West Indian green seasoning?


  1. 1 bunch cilantro, (I used culantro/Shado Beni)
  2. 1/2 bunch parsley.
  3. 2 stalks celery.
  4. 3 green onions/scallion.
  5. 10 cloves garlic.
  6. 1 small onion.
  7. 1 inch ginger.
  8. 8 sprigs thyme.

How long does it take to cook Channa?

Drain and rinse. If using the stovetop, add the soaked, drained, and rinsed beans to a large pot. Cover with several inches of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until they reach your desired tenderness, 1 ½ to 2 hours (see notes).

How do you make Chana soft?

Pressure cook on medium flame upto first whistle. Now lower the flame lowest and cook for 10 mins for perfect soft chanas . If you want more soft then cook upto 15 mins for more softer chanas . For gravies ,10 mins is more than enough .

What is called chana in English?

Definition of chana : chickpea also : a dish made from chickpeas.

Are chana good for health?

“Soaked black chana is a good source of minerals like magnesium and potassium, which will help to prevent high blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol levels, hence it will boost heart health. Additionally, eating black chana regularly will promote production of butyrate, a fatty acid that reduces inflammation.

How long do you boil Chana?

Is Jamaican green seasoning the same as sofrito?

In the Spanish speaking Caribbean islands, they call it Sofrito and (the Cubans are partial to some Mojo Marinade), which is essentially the same thing and in Haiti they make their own version called Epis.