Kala chana is an Indian name for garbanzo beans, or chickpeas — also known as Bengal gram in India. Indian garbanzo beans are smaller and darker than garbanzo beans grown in more temperate regions, such as the United States, according to Purdue University. You can use these nutritious legumes from the can or prepare dried kala chana by soaking and boiling them.
A cup of boiled kala chana contains 269 calories. It has 4 grams of total fat, with less than 1/2 gram of cholesterol-raising saturated fat. Beans are good plant-based sources of protein, and 1 cup of kala chana contains 15 grams of protein, or 30 percent of the daily value based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Each cup of cooked kala chana provides 45 grams of total carbohydrates, including 8 grams of natural sugars. Garbanzo beans are cholesterol-free.