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chana Line breaks: chana
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃʌnə/
(also channa)

Definition of chana in English:


[mass noun] Indian
Chickpeas, especially when roasted and prepared as a snack: my cousin bought his channa, all crisp and peppered
More example sentences
  • Chickpeas, channa or garbanzo beans are very popular here.
  • One of the most common dals is made from channa, the Indian chickpea.
  • Scoop up the tantalizing layers of finest Basmati rice, melt-in-the-mouth pieces of meat, vegetables and channa and aromatic spices and herbs, right out of the traditional large ‘lagan’.


From Hindi canā.

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