ˈchə-nə How to pronounce chana (audio)
variants or less commonly channa
: chickpea
also : a dish made from chickpeas

Examples of chana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bright yellow rice, colored with turmeric, is sautéed in oil that has been seasoned with black mustard seeds, curry leaves, chili, and the umami-rich spice asafetida along with urad dal and chana dal, two lentils that add a nutty taste and crunchy texture. Chitra Agrawal, Bon Appétit, 16 Aug. 2020 The naan stuffing tasted like a chana masala and a fruitcake that had gotten into a bar fight. Cade Metz, New York Times, 4 Nov. 2022 The flavors and some of the unique ingredients in each: • Savory chana – roasted black chickpeas, mushroom, coconut, turmeric. • Super sesame – sesame and flax seeds, coconut, nutritional yeast, garlic. Marc Bona, cleveland, 25 Oct. 2022 While making her version of Indian chana masala (chickpeas simmered in a spiced tomato sauce), Kaling turned to the Caraway saucepan in marigold. Sonal Dutt, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2022 For those who miss nani's cooking but might not have the time to throw down in the kitchen themselves, this variety pack of heat-and-eat chana will give them a taste of home. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2022 Other things to try - This chana masala from the blog Orangette. Globe Staff,, 1 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Hindi canā, going back to Sanskrit caṇakaḥ, of uncertain origin

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chana was in 1838

Dictionary Entries Near chana

Cite this Entry

“Chana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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