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kadala curry recipe with step by step photos – spicy and tasty black chickpeas curry from the kerala cuisine.

the combo of kadala curry with puttu or appams is too good. kadala kari and puttu is one of my favorite breakfast. in fact, since we are fond of black chickpeas, i have shared many black chickpeas recipes like:

kadala curry recipe, kerala kadala curry recipe

occasionally on some days, i make kadala curry with puttu. i have a puttu maker from kerala, gifted by my mom. for breakfast i prepare puttu to go along with the kadala curry. for lunch, i serve the spicy & aromatic curry with rice or chapatis or pooris.

if you are wondering what is puttu, then these are steamed rice & coconut cakes. a traditional as well as popular breakfast in kerala. and kadala means chickpeas. also known as kala chana, whole bengal gram and desi chana.

this recipe calls for the kerala garam masala or spice blend. this is a spice blend that is added to curries. since this blend is not easily available everywhere, in this recipe i have made a very small amount of the spice blend just for the curry. till now i have been using a recipe from a cookbook as well as my mom’s fusion recipe for the kadala curry. not yet tried other versions.

the kadala curry as well as the kerala garam masala recipe has been loosely adapted from the ‘essential kerala cookbook’ by vijayan kannampilly. there are many variations of preparing this curry ranging from a gravy to a semi dry version. some variations use coconut milk, some make without coconut and some use fresh or roasted coconut.

black chickpeas being a good source of proteins, this curry is nutritious and healthy. like many south indian curries and gravies, this one too is vegan and gluten free.

the spicy kadala curry can be served with puttu, appamsidiyappam or with steamed rice, chapatis or pooris.

if you are looking for more kerala recipes then do check:

kadala curry recipe below:

kadala curry recipe, kerala kadala curry recipe
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kadala curry recipe

kadala curry recipe - spicy black chickpeas curry from the kerala cuisine. gluten free and vegan recipe.

course main course
cuisine kerala
prep time 8 hours 30 minutes
cook time 25 minutes
total time 8 hours 55 minutes
servings 4
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for cooking the chickpeas:

  • ¾ cup black chickpeas (kala chana or desi chana or whole bengal gram or kadala)
  • 2 cups water for soaking black chickpeas
  • 2.5 cups water Or the soaked water+fresh water for pressure cooking

for kerala garam masala:

  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 2 to 3 strands of mace (javitri)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 3 pinches of grated nutmeg or nutmeg powder (jaiphal powder)

for coconut paste:

  • ½ cup grated coconut, tightly packed
  • ¼ to 1/3 cup water for grinding coconut

other ingredients for kadala curry:

  • 1/3 cup chopped shallots or pearl onions (sambar onions)
  • ½ inch ginger chopped, about 1 teaspoon chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 1 or 2 green chilies chopped, about 1 teaspoon chopped green chilies
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder (kali mirch powder)
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 to 1.25 cups of water or stock
  • salt as required

how to make recipe

pressure cooking chickpeas: (check notes on cooking chickpeas in a pot/pan)

  1. first rinse and then soak the black chickpeas in 2 cups water for 8 to 9 hours or overnight. here's a pic of the soaked black chickpeas. you can also use white chickpeas instead of black chickpeas.
  2. take the black chickpeas in the pressure cooker. add 2.5 cups of fresh water or overall 2.5 cups of the soaked water + fresh water. i usually do not throw away the soaked water of black chickpeas. add 1/2 tsp salt.
  3. stir and pressure cook the chickpeas for 10 to 12 whistles till they are tender and cooked through.

preparing coconut paste:

  1. meanwhile when the chickpeas are cooking, take 1/2 cup tightly packed grated coconut in a grinder jar. add 1/4 to 1/3 cup water and grind to a smooth paste.
  2. keep the ground coconut paste aside.

preparing kerala garam masala:

  1. in a small pan, dry roast the following spices till aromatic - 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, 2 to 3 strands of mace, 1 inch cinnamon, 3 cloves, 3 pinches of grated nutmeg or nutmeg powder. just a light roasting. don't over do.
  2. in a small grinder or coffee grinder or a mortar pestle, grind or pound these five spices to a semi fine or fine powder. keep aside.

making kadala curry:

  1. heat 2 tbsp coconut oil in a pan.
  2. add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and let them crackle.
  3. add 1/3 cup chopped shallots. stir and saute for a minute.
  4. then add 1 tsp chopped ginger, 1 tsp chopped green chilies, 10 to 12 curry leaves and saute till the shallots turn translucent or a light brown.
  5. then add 1 tsp red chili powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/4 tsp black pepper powder and the ground kerala garam masala. if you already have kerala garam masala, then just add 1 tsp of it. 1 tsp of red chili powder, makes this curry spicy. so reduce to 1/2 for a less spicy version.
  6. stir the masalas very well and saute for a minute on low flame.
  7. then add the ground coconut paste.
  8. stir very well.
  9. saute for 4 to 5 minutes on a low flame.
  10. then add the cooked black chana or kadala. stir very well.
  11. then add 1 to 1.25 cups water and stir.
  12. season with the required amount of salt and stir kadala curry again.

  13. let the kadala curry come to a boil and the gravy reduces a bit. the flavors and chickpeas should also be well blended.

  14. serve kadala curry hot with puttu or appams or steamed rice.

recipe notes

for cooking chickpeas in a pot. add the soaked chickpeas and 2.5 to 3 cups water in a pot with the salt. cover and bring the water to a boil. later on a medium to high flame, cook the chickpeas till they are tender.

step by step kadala curry recipe below:

1. first rinse and then soak the black chickpeas in 2 cups water for 8 to 9 hours or overnight. here’s a pic of the soaked black chickpeas. you can also use white chickpeas instead of black chickpeas.

chickpeas for kadala curry recipe

2. take the black chickpeas in the pressure cooker. add ½ tsp salt.

cooking chickpeas for kadala curry

3. add 2.5 cups of fresh water or overall 2.5 cups of the soaked water + fresh water. i usually do not throw away the soaked water of black chickpeas. add water.

water for kadala curry recipe

4. stir and pressure cook the chickpeas for 9 to 10 whistles or more till they are tender and cooked through. reserve the stock and keep aside.

chana for kadala curry recipe

5. meanwhile when the chickpeas are cooking, take ½ cup tightly packed grated coconut in a grinder jar.

grated coconut for kadala curry

6. add ¼ cup water and grind to a smooth paste. add more water if required while grinding. keep the ground coconut paste aside.

coconut paste for kadala curry

7. in a small pan, dry roast the following five spices till aromatic – ½ tsp fennel seeds, 2 to 3 single strands of mace, 1 inch cinnamon, 3 cloves & 3 pinches of grated nutmeg or nutmeg powder. just a light roasting. don’t over do.

spices for kerala kadala curry recipe

8. in a small grinder or coffee grinder or a mortar pestle, grind or pound these five spices to a semi fine or fine powder. keep aside.

ground spice for kadala curry recipe

9. heat 2 tbsp coconut oil in a pan.

oil for kerala kadala curry recipe

10. add ½ tsp mustard seeds and let them crackle.

mustard for kadala curry recipe

11. add ⅓ cup chopped pearl onions or shallots. stir and saute for a minute.

shallots for kadala curry recipe

12. then add 1 tsp chopped ginger, 1 tsp chopped green chilies, 10 to 12 curry leaves and saute till the shallots turn translucent or to a light golden.

making kerala kadala curry recipe

13. then add 1 tsp red chili powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, ¼ tsp black pepper powder and the ground kerala garam masala. if you already have kerala garam masala, then just add 1 tsp of it. 1 tsp of red chili powder, makes this curry spicy. so reduce to ½ tsp for a less spicy version. tomatoes are not added in this recipe. but if you want, you can add 1 medium tomato.

spices for kadala curry recipe

14. stir the masalas very well on a low flame and saute for a minute.

making kadala curry recipe

15. then add the ground coconut paste.

coconut paste for kadala curry

16. stir very well.

stir kerala kadala curry

17. saute for about 4 to 5 minutes on a low flame.

making kerala kadala curry recipe

18. add the cooked black chana or kadala.

black chana for kerala kadala curry recipe

19. stir very well.

stir kerala kadala curry recipe

20. then add 1 to 1.25 cups water or the chana stock or both. stir.

water for kerala kadala curry recipe

21. season with the required amount of salt and stir the curry again. do add less salt as we have added some salt while cooking the chickpeas.

salt for kerala kadala curry recipe

22. let the kadala curry come to a boil.

stir kerala kadala curry recipe

23. simmer kadala curry till all the flavors and the chickpeas are well blended. you will also see some oil specks floating on the top in the kadala curry.

kerala kadala curry recipe, kadala curry recipe

23. serve kadala curry hot with puttu or appams or idiyappam or steamed rice or rotis or pooris.

kadala curry recipe, kerala kadala curry recipe, kadala kari recipe

About

dassana amit
i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.



18 thoughts on “kadala curry recipe, how to make kadala curry recipe | kadala kari recipe

  1. Great recipe. Only a single suggestion!. I wish all the good people who post recipes, would stop saying “cook till 10 whistles”. you can make a pressure cooker whistle ten times in a minute, or not at all !. Please provide time you need to maintain pressure, once the cooker reaches its designed pressure. That would really help.

    Thanks
    M.John

    • Welcome Mathew John. In some of the older recipes, I have not added time. But for last 2 years I am adding the time. Timing depends upon the size of the cooker, intensity of flame, quality of beans and thus varies. So its difficult to give exact timing. Best is to cook till the ingredients are cooked well.

  2. This is my go to recipe for kadala curry❤️❤️

    • thanks shana.

  3. Do you happen to have a recipe for the puttu rice cakes?

    • not yet shared puttu rice cakes but have considered your request. kindly allow us some time to post thanks.

  4. hi…this looks easy.. we used to make it like fry..coconut with pepper ,shallots curry leaves and garlic and red chillies.. the once its brown, we add lil chilli powder and coriander powder and then grind it and add to the cooked chana. thats how I used to cook every time.

    • thankyou sreepriya for sharing your inputs 🙂

  5. Ma’am ur recipes r took good. u gave a new life to my cooking .I enjoy cooking a lot with ur recipes.only thing I feel missing is sindhi recipes…keep up the good work…thank you

    • welcome aastha. nice to know this. i will try to add more sindhi recipes in future.

  6. Thanks, Dassana! This recipe is great. I made it twice; the first time with cauliflower and eggplant (didn’t have chick peas) and I cooked the veggies with little water. The second time I followed the recipe. Both versions were great! Yummy!

    • welcome sari. nice to know this. thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

  7. Hi Dassana,

    I tried this recipe for breakfast today along with dosas…came out very well and my hubby loved it…..love the way u explain the minute details…keep up the good work….thank you 🙂

    • welcome salma. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive feedback.

  8. Hey Dassana great recipe!! Can you post recipe of puttu too? I want to say another thing. As far as I know puttu is made from ground rice but in Delhi this special ground rice is not available. Can you please post your recipe with all information.. like which type of rice to use, hot to make powder and everything? I have eaten puttu 3 years back when I visited kerala by train. I found this new looking dish sellin on mangalore station and just tried it. But then I tried to search recipe but had not very good luck. Please Dassana please help me to make it.

    And lastly you are very humble lady who shares all of her cooking secrets with lots of dedication via this website. I am also a programmer so I know how hard it is to keep posting new recipes , backend stuff all.

    Thanks a lot for this.

    • thanks a lot radhika for the kind words. yes it does become tedious at times with the backend stuff etc. the puttu that i made when i made kadala was from coarsely ground rice. luckily i get puttu flour here, so kind of becomes easy to make. hence i do not grind the rice at home. anytime i want to make puttu, i but this flour which is meant for making puttus. you can use regular rice as in delhi you won’t get the rice meant for making puttu flour or even parboiled rice. just soak the rice for 2 to 3 hours. drain and then let them dry naturally in a shade or below a fan. then grind them in a grinder coarsely. don’t make a fine powder. then lightly roast the ground rice in a pan for 3 to 4 minutes on a low flame.

  9. Hey dassana, m sure this recipe is fab n the pictures as always are great.
    Since I originally hail from Kerala, I have seen my mom make kadala curry n puttu for breakfast many times.
    Her version is a little different than yours. The while spices are roasted alongwith grated coconut and then ground and added to the chana. The mixture is then simmered and tempering is added to it.
    It feels great to be on your blog. In fact just today I made your Hyderabadi Dum biryani and it was simply amazing thanks to you. My friend n I l loved it.
    Keep up the good work
    Cheers
    Leeja

    • hi leeja, i know about this variation too which your mom makes. i have not tried this way. there are many variations of making kadala and i have just been making this one. thanks for the feedback on hyderabadi dum biryani. just today i made a mushroom biryani 🙂

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