Chana Sprouts Curry – Molake Saaru


I try to make sprouts an integral part of my daily food habits, but unfortunately end up making them rarely.

I always forget to soak them in time to get the sprouts & end up using them unsprouted…. 

But since its sinfull to pass up the healthy sprouts, I have revived my pledge. 🙂

I dont need to tell how beneficial consuming sprouts are.

Sprouts, be it from Chana, Moong or from any other beans are full with essential and balance nutrients.

I was very suprised to know that the vitamin content in seeds may increase from 100% to 2000%.

It is loaded with antioxidants, when consumed helps the damage against free radicles.

The bottomline is folks, eat sprouts as frequently as you can!!!

This is my mothers recipe & it is one of my comfort foods. Enjoy!!

Chana Sprouts Curry

(Molake Saaru – For Kannada Folks)


1 Cup Kala Chana (yields 2 Cups Sprouts)

1 Big Onion

1 Potato Cubed

1 Brinjal

2-3 Tomatoes

1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder

1/2 Tsp Dhania Powder

2 Tbsp Oil

1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds

To Grind – 

4 Tbsp  Coconut Grated

3-4 Cilantro Sprigs

2 Cinnamon

2 Cloves.


Heat just a tsp or two of oil & fry half of the sliced onion until the edges turn golden.

Remove from the flame. Let the onion cool.

Grind the listed items above with the fried onions.

When the coconut is ground smooth add the red chill & dhania powders & grind somemore.

Slice the Onion finely, make large chunks of potato & brinjal.

Heat remaining oil in a pressure pan/cooker. When hot add mustard & cracle.

Add the remaining half onion finely sliced. Saute until lite brown.

Stir in the potato chunks & saute for 2-3 mins. Add in the chopped tomatoes & cook untill soft.

Stir in the ground masala along with 2 cups of water.

When the curry is boiling add the chana sprouts & brinjal. Add salt.

Pressure cook for 3 whistles.  And delicious Chana curry is ready.

It goes very well with Rice & Chapathis.



47 Responses to “Chana Sprouts Curry – Molake Saaru”

  1. Cinnamon Says:

    Very Delicious and Healthy too!!!

    Cinnamon, yep its filled with lots of good stuff. 🙂

  2. Raaga Says:

    I bought a half kilo pack wanting to make ghasshi… I think I will make this as well 🙂

    Raaga, do give a try, it tastes heavenly with rice… 🙂

  3. sia Says:

    i love to eat those sprouts raw or just stir fried and seasoned with freshly grated coconut. curry looks absolutely divine

    Sia, Thx!! Yea, I too prepare Husuli as well with lots of fresh coconut .. 🙂

  4. Laavanya Says:

    The curry looks really good. I’ve been trying to include Sprouts as well but didn’t try with black channa. Thanks for this.

    Laavanya, Glad u liked it 🙂

  5. saju Says:

    Hey that is great, I have been thinking of setting up a bean sprouter for ages, you have inspired me to get going

    Hey Saju, Nice to u see u, Thx!!

  6. Namratha Says:

    I simply adore Molake Saaru..your recipe reminded me of my mom’s Molake Saaru. It’s been a long time since I tried it, will do so soon. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!:)

    Namratha, Welcome!! I’m glad u like it, Will wait for ur mothers version on ur blog!!!….

  7. Asha Says:

    Aruna, naavu Molake kattu antaanu heltheevi!:)
    I haven’t made this in a looong time.Whenever I see dish like this, I remember!I will try when I come back.Looks mouthwatering,I am sooo hungry now for some.I have to wait until Tuesday to cook. Thanks girl.
    Check out FH too, lot of salads to try this week:)

    Asha, Howdu, molake kattu anthanu helthivi…. Some dishes r soo nostalgic, this one is for me. Thx!!

  8. sharmi Says:

    that looks so wonderful. very nice recipe. very healthy infact.

    Sharmi, Thx 🙂

  9. Sirisha Kilambi Says:

    Aruna…wow…looks heavenly and delicious dear 🙂

    Sirisha, Welcome!!, I am soo glad u like it 🙂 Do please come back!!

  10. Dee Says:

    Aruna, this looks wonderful, my mother makes a similar recipe but a dry version and without potato or brinjal. This looks yummy, will try ur version!

    Dee, Do give it a try!!! 🙂

  11. archana Says:

    This is a nice healthy curry. Even I tend to forget soaking the beans for sprouting 🙂

    Hi Arch, I know too many things to keep up with right. 🙂

  12. coffee Says:

    That curry looks fabulous! I usually make something like this but without sprouting……. this is a nice idea. 🙂

    Hey Coffee, Thx for ur comments, will look forward for ur dish. 🙂

  13. Madhavi Says:

    Hey Aruna!Iam just badly in need of some kala chana recipes in this sravana masam/august because I keep having more or less of some chana every wednesday because of my mangala gowri pooja on tuesdays. And thanks for this wonderful recipe because I had this long time bak about 5 years bak in one of my kannadigan frnd’s house and ever since I have been looking for this recipe

    Hi Madhavi, I’m glad If I am of any help…. Do try it & let me know how it turned out… 🙂

  14. Manjula Says:

    moLake tumbaa chennagi bandide 🙂 Photo mattashTu chennagide. Happy to meet another kannaDiga
    I make a simple version of this called chane gashi in konkani. Pleasant variation for my usual, goes into my todo list for sure.

    Manjula, Welcome!! Thumba Thx. Namma amma molake photo noodi, eshtu dinakke ashtu udda molake banthu antha keluthaiddaru 🙂
    Actually 2 dinakke haage banthu… I am glad to meet u tooo… Please let me know how u liked.

  15. lia Says:

    its wonderful dish, iam enjoying chana masala with poori 😀

    Thanks Lia!!! Enjoy ur poori 🙂

  16. lia Says:

    btw thanks u have dropped in my blog

    Lets both keep doing it!! 🙂

  17. viji Says:

    A healthy dish aruna. They are look so perfect. Viji

    Thx Viji 🙂

  18. Chamatkaribaba Says:

    I liked your blog. It’s so nice and you have explained things wonderfully. I have bookmarked it and will be visiting regularly. If you get time, visit my blog as well.

    Thx U sooo much for ur wonderfull comments!!! I am glad u liked it here, I would love to drop by ur blog. 🙂

  19. Padma Says:

    I can imagine the taste and flavor from the pics…beautiful…great combination with rice n rotis…
    tx for visiting my blog, Aruna, you have a great space here!

    Oh Padma Thx!!! U have a great blog urself!!! 🙂

  20. lathanarasimhan Says:

    Sprouts are very healthy. They have more nutrients than the plain ones. I too like to cook and eat them. My husband is fond of sprouts. I’ll make your saaru this time and let you know how it fared.

    Latha, Thx!! Please do let me know…

  21. mamatha Says:

    It looks yummy !!
    Molake Saaru andare namma maneyalli yellarigu Ishta,
    Yesterday I made using horse gram,
    Kadale kalu molake barulu swalpa time tegedukollute alva(2-3 days) ?

    Mamtha, thx soo much…Huralikalu saaru nanage pancha prana 🙂 ee sari molake 2 dinnakke chennagi banthu, usually 3 dinnakke baruthe…

  22. prema Says:

    wow … look at the sprouts.. they are beautiful. The gravy looks absoulutely delicious too. A very nutritious curry.

    Thx Prema, for 2 days I got such lovely spouts 🙂

  23. Lakshmi Says:

    Aruna, Say it kaalu I am ready to eat them with, without molake, saaru, huli…..u name it and I would not decline…..:)) I think all our kannada moms loved them so much that they made them part of their daily cooking. Twice a week molake to eat was my amma’s saying……….I loved your recipe too..and btw molake kadalekaalu is rocking in the pic.

    Thx Lakshmi, I coundnt agree more with ur mom!! Yep, this is the first pic I liked myself in my entire blog. 🙂

  24. Happy cook Says:

    I have never made this dish. Looks good and healthy. Should try it.

    Hello there, Thx for stopping by!!! 🙂

  25. Menu Today Says:

    I am first time here. You have a wonderful recipes in your blog.
    Curry looks nice and healthy…

    Welcome!!! I am glad U liked it here, please do drop by again… Thx 🙂

  26. seema Says:

    Aruna, That saru is so simple to make and sakkath kantha ide.. really beautiful. Makes my mouth water. Would be perfect for the day like this. Its been raining from morning and nothing would beat a cup of steaming hot saaru of yours. Nice one.

    Howdu Seema, On a rainy day what else u need, some comfort food like this hot molake saaru… Thx 🙂

  27. Dee Says:

    aruna, I made this today and it was awesome, one healthy dish !! My husband liked it so much that its on our regular dish! thanks for the recipe!!!

    Dee, u made my day!! I’m glad it turned out well & u liked it. Thx for letting me know 🙂

  28. lakshmi Says:

    this is like sooooooo kannadiga :). i love sprouts.

    🙂 Yea u r right…. Thx!!!

  29. sushma Says:

    Hi Aruna,

    This is first time im visiting ur site and very nice and i loved the sprouted chana saaru, mutter capscicum masala is amazing thnx for sharing

    Welcome Sushma!! Oh Thx for ur lovely comments….hope to see u here again!!! 🙂

  30. outofthegarden Says:

    Hi Aruna, since I first tried making sprouts, I am like you were — always wanting them and not making the time to see them through. Now you’re inspiring me to give it another try and wow, kala chana sprouts curry looks wonderful! I am putting some to soak tonight — maybe they’ll be ready by Sunday 🙂


    Hi Linda, Thx for dropping by, enjoy ur sprouts 🙂

  31. TBC Says:

    Very healthy dish.Ican never seem to remember to sprot ’em before making.Your dish looks good.

    Yea agree with you on that…. Thx though!!

  32. kribha Says:

    Looks healthy & delicious Aruna. I have an award waiting for you in my blog. check it out.

    Kribha, Glad to see u back!!! Thx sooo much for that, I thought I would never get one!!! 🙂 🙂

  33. anusharaji Says:

    that looks awesome
    i luv chana and need to try this 🙂

    Thx Anu 🙂 , Let me know if u try!!!

  34. Pragyan Says:

    I love kala-chana. Will try your recipe. Since the only way I eat them now is make it into a spicy fry and have it as a evening snack. Nice blog.

    Pragyan, do try it & let me know…Thx

  35. Priya Says:

    Great looking sprouts! Healthy and nutritious sabzi.

  36. lakshmi Says:

    Where are you Aruna? Long time never see…

  37. Yamuna Says:

    Hi Aruna,

    I am Yamuna from Singapore. I have lived in Bangalore for more than 20 years (ie., since birth) and moved to Singapore only a year ago after marriage. I love kannadigas food especially the BBB, Vangi Bath, Aaki Roti, etc. I am very fond of cooking so I keep checking you guys recipes (ie., many bloggers) and I love your recipes and keep try them at home.


  38. Yamuna Says:


    If your mother has the Authentic Vangi Baath recipe can you please post it.


  39. Vandana Says:

    Hii Aruna,

    This is Vandana, got introduced to kitchen recently after my wedding …. was looking for the sprout channa curry on google and gt ur recepie …. it looks good but dont hv brinjal with me .. just want to know if minus the brinjal will the curry hold the same taste …

  40. Anonymous Says:

    I love sprouts. Usually use Moong lentil for sprouts.Will try chana too.
    Thanks for the recipe

    Do check you my blog
    Health nut

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  42. shruthi Says:

    tasty saaru. made thsi for lunch. came out good.i made similar variations by adding tamarind and jaggery.

  43. Bruce Says:

    Made it today , looks lovely , added more corainder to get a green look , its was great …..

  44. Jyoti Says:

    We fry garlic with onion. And while grinding we add ginger and poppy seeds too.

  45. Kavitha Says:

    Love the recipe! Thanks a tonne, I can have food like my mom’s.

  46. Anonymous Says:

    Awesome recipe!I tried this recipe very tasty.

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