Kadala Curry | Kerala Style Chickpeas Curry in Coconut Gravy

                          Kadala Curry is a common name in the menu of hotels ranging from street side thattu kadas (I love their Kadala Curry.. Yum!) to 5 Star ones in Kerala.. It is authentically eaten with the Puttu or Steamed Rice Cylinders with layers of coconut in between… I just love this combo very much and is a frequent breakfast at my place being very healthy and filling one too… I am sure that it must be the same in every household of Kerala too..

                         Usually my recipes with black chickpeas are a yummy breakfast dish Kala Chana Sundal with Sweet Poha or my moms recipe Kala Chana Masala.. Apart from these, i also prepare a authentic Konkani Dish called Chane Ghashi in which the chickpeas are combined with yam/jackfruit in a coconut based gravy.. Since i was bored with the same dishes, i wanted a new recipe and apt for the time came my mom who remembered one she had written from her colleague.. She herself tried it first one day and was very happy as the curry had come out so yummy that it was licked clean by my dad and bro..Lol!
                         So with loads of confidence oozing in me due to its success at my place, i too prepared kadala curry with a rice meal.. The aroma of the coconut and spice paste is still haunting me (As always.. Lol!).. It came out super yummy with an amazing taste very restaurant like.. This “restaurant like” phrase are exactly my husbands words after he took his first mouthful of this curry…
So try it if you are new to the Kadala Curry and you are sure to not get disappointed with its flavors.. Happy Cooking!!

Health Benefits of Chickpeas: High Fiber content which prevents constipation and digestive disorders and leads to weight loss,Good source of Protein for vegetarians,Excellent source of Manganese and Iron,Stabilizes Blood Sugar, Lowers Cholesterol..


1 Cup Dry Black Chickpeas/Kala Chana
1 Onion
2 Green Chillies
1/2 inch Ginger Piece

To fry and make paste:
1/2 Tbsp Oil
1/4 Cup Coconut
3 Garlic cloves
1/2 inch Ginger Piece
1/2 inch Cinnamon Stick
3 Cloves
2 Cardamom Pods
1 tsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
1/2 Tbsp Red Chilli Powder/To Taste
1 tsp Turmeric Powder

For Seasoning:
1/2 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 Onion
2 Sprigs of Curry Leaves

Salt To Taste

*Authentically, Small Onions/Ulli is used for this curry.. If you have it, please use it for this curry.. Just substitute 1 Onion with 5-6 small Onions and proceed..

1. Wash well and Soak chickpeas overnight or for a minimum of 8 hours..

2. Drain water and wash again.. Pressure cook along with thinly sliced onions,ginger,slit green chillies and 2 cups of water till 4 whistles or till soft…Keep aside..

3. Heat oil in a pan and add coconut.. Fry till slightly browned..

4. Add crushed ginger and garlic and fry well..

5. Add cinnamon,cloves, cardamom pods along with cumin seeds, coriander, red chilli and turmeric powders and fry till they give out a nice aroma.. Takes around 5 minutes.. Keep aside to cool..

6. Blend with little water to a smooth paste.. Keep aside..

7. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds..

8. Add finely chopped Onion and fry well till translucent..

9. Add curry leaves and fry well..

10. Add the ground masala and fry well… Add the boiled chickpeas and salt and mix well..

11. Crush some of the chickpeas using the back of the ladle to bring the desired thickness.. Allow it to boil for 2 minutes.. Remove from flame..
Serve Hot with Rice/Rotis or Kerala delicacies like Puttu/Idiyappam/Porotta… Yum!!

Hello, I am Mitha.Join me in my journey of healthy eating with my foodie of a husband and an equally foodie toddler. This site is a collection of recipes that we loved so much that we had to share it. Enjoy cooking with these healthy-easy-delicious recipes!

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