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.
Yellow gram like other lentils and pulses is a good source of protein and dietary fibre. It is low in fat and rich in B complex vitamins, calcium and potassium. It is free from heaviness and flatulence, which are associated with other pulses.