Monday, May 28, 2012

Kadala Curry - Kerala Style

This recipe is from Sankeerthanam. It looked great.  I saw a recipe in another blog earlier, but failed to bookmark - but I remember it was served with Idiyappam, and I thought it would be a good idea to try the same combination.
I had postponed my visit to pick up the veggies and provisions and so I had just half an onion, a small piece of coconut and no tomatoes,but a tablespoon of tomato purée .  In short, I had almost nothing. So I could not follow the recipe as it appeared, but it still was a good dish.  I like the taste of the roasted coconut.  Try it with the country cousin of the more popular kabuli channa.

Black channa - 1 cup - should be soaked overnight or atleast for about 6 hours
Onion - 1/2 ( use more if you have!)
Green chilies - 2 sliced
Salt to taste

Pressure cook the channa with the above ingredients.  Once you hear the whistle - keep it on simmer for at least about 8 minutes to ensure well cooked channa.

What more do you need:

Tomato purée - 1 tbsp - a little more will be lovely -
( or substitute with a tomato - which can be boiled along with the channa)
Chilie powder - 1 tsp or to taste

Roast till you get a good aroma and grind to a smooth paste with a little water

Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Coconut - ideally about 1/2 cup - I used about 1/4
Dry red chilies - 2
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

Coconut oil ( or any oil) - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - few
Mustard - 1/2 tsp

Add the paste to the cooked channa
Check for salt and add more if required.
Add tomato purée and chilie powder.
If required a little coriander powder - optional
Simmer till the mixture is well blended.

Season with coconut oil, mustard and curry leaves.
(What I did not have and will use the next time in the seasoning - shallots and diced coconut pieces)


  1. My dish turns out to be very tasty whenever there is shortage of required ingredients, but whenever I have a lot of veggies packed up in my pantry and refrigerator I meet the shortage of idea to use them all..
    And coming to the looks so delicious :)

  2. I love the kerala style of this chick pea curry. You have made this so well.

  3. I had this once at my friend's house in Kerala. They served this kadala with puttu. Looks good.

  4. Wat an authentic dish, serve me with puttu,i'll have it anytime.

  5. chick pea curry is so delicious.. i love to have it with poori..

  6. Have had kadala curry in various places but always have forgotten to ask for the recipe. This one sounds a keeper.

  7. loved this curry different and flavourful..will try this with poori :)

  8. i just love kadala with puttu....

    your pics are making me hungry :-)

  9. kadala curry looks delicious Radha. Amma make it for puttu.

  10. Love kadal karry with idiyappam or maybe appam

  11. kala chana curry looks delicious. This is my fav legume. you made it just awesome

  12. so delicious with full of flavors..awesome
    Tasty Appetite


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