Bhavnagar Breakfast | Chana Moth

Bhavnagar Breakfast | Chana Moth is a healthy protein-rich breakfast from the streets of Bhavnagar, Gujarat.

We move on to the alphabet B in our A to Z Breakfast on Indian Streets Series. For today we shall relish the Breakfast from Bhavnagar, a city in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

Breakfast on the streets of Bhavnagar starts early. You can see people gathering around the small stalls and shops to relish their favourite breakfast. The most common Bhavnagar Breakfast is Ganthiya and Jalebi. While talking to a couple of friends I discovered Chana Moth, a healthy breakfast, but with a street food taste. The recipe varies from stall to stall.

Chana Moth is a protein-rich, healthy breakfast. Sprouts as we all know are a good source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, these are also high in fibre and protein. The chutney is with Dates and Jaggery, both are good sources of iron. Garnish is with Peanuts, again an excellent source of protein. As a result, this is a super healthy, nutritious breakfast.

To prepare a plate of Chana Moth you need boiled Desi Chana or Black Chickpeas and Sprouted Moth Beans. Healthy Date and Tamarind Chutney and the spice mix converts this into a chat. You can enjoy this Breakfast as it is or with the Bhungra. Bhungra is a type of fryum. They are like a hollow pipe, very crunchy and light.

Bhavnagar Breakfast | Chana Moth

Ingredient for Bhavnagar Breakfast | Chana Moth

Sprouted Moth: You can either make the sprouts from the scratch or buy ready ones.
Boiled Desi Chana: Soaking speeds up the cooking time, so soak them overnight.
Date Tamarind Chutney: The chutney has a good shelf life, so prepare in advance.
Spices: Spices like red chilly powder, chat masala and cumin powder along with some salt enhance the taste.
Peanuts: They give a crunch to the dish, not forgetting the extra protein.
Coriander Leaves: They are a must in any Indian dish.

How to make Basic Chana Moth?

To make Chana Moth we need to plan ahead, especially if we use homemade Moth sprouts. You can even buy them ready from the vegetable vendor.
We will boil these sprouts with salt.

Next, soak the Black Chickpeas overnight. Boil in a pressure cooker with a little salt.

Get your chutneys ready.

Assemble the dish.

Bhavnagar Breakfast | Chana Moth

How to assemble Bhavnagar Breakfast | Chana Moth Street Style ?

Mix boiled sprouts and boiled Black Chickpeas in a bowl.
Sprinkle red chilly powder, black salt, chat masala, roasted cumin seed powder.
Drizzle lemon juice.

Next, add Date Tamarind Chutney and the Garlic chutney. During winters green garlic is available in abundance, so I make Green Garlic Chutney but red garlic chutney works well too. At the same time, you can completely skip it too.
Sometimes the street vendors add a piece of Lasaniya Bateta, and a samosa too but it is optional and I did not use either.

Some of these vendors use a spicy chutney that is a little runny. I made a very diluted green chutney with some extra green chillies. This chutney is optional too, though I liked it as it makes the dish a little moist.
Add roasted, peanuts and garnish with coriander leaves. Enjoy the Protein-Rich breakfast.

Remember, the dish can be customised as per your taste. You can add more spice or less spice, tamarind chutney can be less, spicy chutney can be more or vice versa. Enjoy it the way you wa

How to Sprout the Beans?

Firstly, let’s soak the Moth Beans. I prefer to soak them overnight.

Day two drain the water, place them in clean muslin or thin cotton cloth. Bring together all the edges, roll tightly and make a knot to bundle the moth beans. Place it in a container & cover it partially. Move it to a warm and dark place.

Depending on the weather conditions the sprouts can take anywhere between 12-24 hours to get perfect sprouts. Sometimes they begin to sprout in just 3 to 4 hours, but generally, I wait for a good 10-12 hours to get nice long sprouts. Due to heat the Muslincloth dries up, sprinkle or spray it with water so that the beans are moist.

So our beans will be ready on Day 3.

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Bhavnagar Breakfast | Chana Moth

Bhavnagar Breakfast | Moth Chana is a healthy protein-rich breakfast from the streets of Bhavnagar.
Course Breakfast, Tea Time
Cuisine Gujrati, Indian Cuisine
Keyword Protein Rich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Vaishali Sabnani


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Pan / Kadai / Wok
  • Blender


  • 1 cup Sprouted Moth Beans
  • 1/2 cup Chana

Spice Mix

  • 1 tsp Red Chilly Powder
  • 1 tsp Chat Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • Pinch Salt

Date Tamarind chutney

  • 1/4 cup Dates
  • 1/4 cup Tamarind
  • 1/4 cup Jaggery
  • 11/2 cups Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilly Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black Salt

Green Garlic Chutney

  • 4-6 stems Green Garlic
  • 3-4 Green chilly
  • Lemon Juice as required
  • Salt to taste

Spicy Runny Chutney

  • 6-8 Green Chillies spicy variety
  • 1/8 cup Mint Leaves
  • 1/8 cup Coriander Leaves
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt to taste


  • Lemon Juice
  • Coriander Leaves
  • Spice Mix


  • Boil the Moth Beans with salt and a pinch of turmeric.
  • Next boil the channa with salt in a pressure cooker.
  • Keep aside.

Date Tamarind Chutney ( Kajoor Amli ki Chutney )

  • Pressure cook Tamarind, Dates and jaggery for one whistle.
  • After pressure releases, let it come to room temperature.
  • Remove the seeds if any.
  • Using a blender, blend to a smooth paste.
  • Using a sieve, strain to get a uniform chutney.
  • Add spices and cook again for 3-4 minutes.
  • Let cool, store in a sterilised bottle.

Green Garlic Chutney

  • Using a blender, blend all ingredients. This is a medium consistency chutney.

Spicy Runny Chutney

  • Blend all ingredients to make a spicy chutney . This chutney is spicy and runny.

Spice Mix

  • Mix all spices.

Assembling the Chana Moth Plate

  • Firstly add the chana and moth to a serving plate or bowl.
  • Sprinkle some masala, and drizzle lemon juice.
  • Mix well.
  • Now add a tsp of green garlic chutney.
  • Drizzle the spicy runny chutney.
  • Now pour the Date and Tamarind Chutney.


  • Garnish with coriander leaves and peanuts.
  • Serve as it is or with Bhungra.

4 thoughts on “Bhavnagar Breakfast | Chana Moth”

  1. 5 stars
    The set up is just as if it was on a stall. That plate of Chana Moth is a wonderful snack for any time of the day. I am trying to absorb all the flavours , the sweet ,tangy and spicy.

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