Kadala curry

Kadala curry Recipe

Kadala Curry/ Chickpea curry is a specialty dish of Kerala had especially for breakfast along with steamed rice cakes. The Chickpeas (traditionally black chickpea/ kala channa) are cooked in deliciously smooth onion and coriander gravy and served along with steamed rice cakes or puttu.


Cooking time
60 min


    Ingredients for the Curry


    • 1 cup chickpeas/kala channa
    • 2 large onions, finely chopped
    • 1 medium size tomato, finely chopped
    • 5 to 6 cloves garlic, ground to paste or finely chopped
    • 1 small piece ginger, ground to paste or finely chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
    • 2 cups water
    • Saffola oil
    • salt to taste


    Ingredients to be Ground to Paste


    • 1 cup freshly grated coconut
    • 2 green chillies
    • 3 tablespoons coriander seeds
    • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
    • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
    • Grind the above ingredients into a smooth paste adding very little warm water.


    Ingredients for Seasoning


    • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
    • 2 to 3 sprigs curry leaves (this enhances flavor)
    • Saffola oil 

How to make Kadala curry

    • Soak chickpeas overnight or for at least 8 hours and cook until soft. See Cooking instructions
    • Heat oil in a heavy bottled pan; add the finely chopped onions and sauté till onions turn golden brown
    • When onions have browned, add ginger & garlic paste into it and sauté till raw smell disappears
    • Stir in the turmeric powder and the chopped tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes are soft and tender. Add in the coconut paste and saute for about 3 to 4 minutes
    • Finally, add in the cooked chickpeas, some water and simmer for about 30 minutes until all the masalas get well coated into the chickpeas. Simmer until you get a thick gravy


    For Seasoning


    • Heat oil in a small pan; add in the mustard seeds and allow it to crackle. Stir in the curry leaves and saute for a few seconds
    • Add this seasoning to the chickpea gravy and simmer for another for 5 minutes
    • Serve the Kerala Kadala Curry hot with puttu or chapathi

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Jan 31, 2015

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