Kadala curry

You need –

  • Black/brown chickpeas – 3/4 cup
  • shallots – sliced, 1/2 cup
  • Tomato – 1 large
  • Mince garlic – 2 teaspoons
  • Minced ginger – 2 teaspoons
  • Green chili – 1 slit
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Chili powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Meat masala – 2 teaspoons
  • Turmeric powder –1/4 teaspoon
  • Garam masala – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Dried red chili – 2
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coconut milk – 2 tablespoon
  • Whole spices
    • Star anise –1
    • Green cardamom – 2
  • For dry roasting –
    • Freshly grated coconut – 1/3 cup (packed)
    • Whole black pepper –1 teaspoon
    • Coriander seeds – 1.5 tablespoons

How to

Wash the chickpeas in several changes of water and then soak overnight or for at least 8 hours. Pressure cook the peas with enough water till done. Set aside.
Heat a frying pan and dry roast all the ingredients under “For dry roasting” till brown but do not burn them. In a blender, blend the roasted coconut with just enough water to make a fine paste. Set aside.


Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan and add the mustard seeds, red chili, curry leaves and whole spices. once the seeds have crackled and the spices are fragrant; add the onion, ginger, garlic, green chili and fry till the onions are translucent and the raw smell of ginger garlic is gone.
Now add the Chili powder, Meat masala, Turmeric powder and cook till the oil start to separate. Add the tomatoes, salt and cook till mushy.  Add the coconut paste and cook briefly.
Add the cooked peas along with 1.5 cups of chickpeas stock or water. Cook till the gravy has reduced to the constancy as required.
Add the coconut milk, garam masala and stir well. Turn off the heat and serve hot with Puttu, Roti or steamed rice.



24 thoughts on “Kadala curry

  1. Used to dig in when mum used to make during my younger days. I have completed forgotten about kadala curry until I am seeing this fabulous version of yours. Adore (as usual) all those spicy flavors and ahh!! so good in visuals. Btw, my blog has disappeared and I am feeling so lost. It had to do with the auto renewal of the domain and from there, all flopped. Waiting to bid for it for a higher price on Monday.

  2. I remember eating this when in Trishur, it is the perfect gravy for Puttu right? I had many times puttu there.. A common breakfast in Kerala. Love the spicy Kadala curry.. this looks just perfect 🙂

  3. I first time heard this word 'kadala' while my husband and I were on our honey moon to Kerela and Tamil Nadu. A vendor was selling a dry prep.
    I would love to try your curry which sounds absolutely terrific with those wonderful spices.

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