Sunday, May 1, 2011

Kadala curry– no coconut version (Serves 5)

Kadala curry- no coconut version

Another yummy dish make its way to Pazham Pappadam Payasam from my mother’s cooking repository. This kadala curry is so easy to make and tastes yummy even without the addition of any coconut and is a perfect accompaniment for puttu and appams. Enjoy!!!

Kadala/ black chana 1 cup, soaked for at least 6 hours
Garlic 3 pods
Shallots 8-10 nos, sliced
Whole coriander seeds 1 TBSP
Onions 1 medium, thinly sliced
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Red chilly powder 2 tsp
Garam masala ½ tsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Dry red chilly 2 nos
Water ½ cup
Salt as needed
Coconut oil 1 TBSP, divided

Kadala curry


Wash the black chana well and soak it at least for 6 hours. Drain and cook the chana with salt in a pressure cooker with 2 cups water for 2 whistles. Allow the pressure to release by itself and set aside.

Heat ½ TBSP oil in a pan and roast the garlic, shallots and coriander seeds together for about 15 minutes at medium heat or until the shallots are golden brown. Allow to cool and grind this to a smooth paste adding 2-3 TBSP water. Set aside.

Now heat the remaining oil in the same pan and splutter mustard seeds and red chilly. Add the onions and sauté until golden brown in color. Next add the red chilly powder, turmeric powder and garam masala. Sauté this well with onions for about 3-4 minutes or until raw smell from powders are all gone. Add the ground shallots-coriander-garlic paste and mix well with the masalas. Now add the cooked chana with the water. Mix well and add salt. Add water if needed. Switch off flame when the kadala curry starts to boil and keep covered until ready to serve. The gravy thickens as the curry sits. Goes well with puttu, appam and rotis..

Kadala curry without coconut



  1. Yummy curry and that too without coconut

  2. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!want dat right away.....very gud presentation......puttu and kadala ia all malayalees fav

  3. What a lovely combo..Puttu and Kadala curry!!

  4. Mom's recipes rock !! Delicious ......

  5. Intresting one Suji.. I would have never thought about kadala curry without coconut..

  6. Healthy and protein packed kadala curry.Love the flavors.

  7. this my fav curry it isirrasistable after saw it and ur clicks make so mouthwatering

  8. delicious flavourful curry looks yummy

  9. This looks delicious. I've never tried black chickpeas before.

  10. That's interesting,looks so delicious Suji,will give this a try.

  11. I can eat this with puri/ paratha / roti every single day- Love this recipe n your presentation :)

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  12. nice comboo too prepare like this...

  13. Love kadala curry simply with rotis, love this curry as u didnt used coconut,looks fantastic and inviting..

  14. This with puttu..I would luv to eat it anytime of the day...looks so delicious without coconut version sounds interesting

  15. wow Suji!!! kalakki!!! ippo venam :)

  16. very perfect for puttu and idyappam

  17. I do not know how to make puttu (yet). Mom is visiting India right now along with Dad. Otherwise I could have tried this kadala curry right now while mom makes puttu. Ohhhhh drooling here...

  18. wow...that does look really spicy n' nice...thr is no better combo with puttu for the cute dishes n' the snaps...:)

  19. Love this kala cholay and the dish in the pic looks too tempting!

  20. when i used to stay in hostel in thrissur for 8 months this used be sunday BF i so much love it....ur post reminds of beautiful days!

  21. Njan kadala currykku pothuve coconut use cheyyarilla pakshe my recipe is totally difft. This recipe sounds very interesting..and the clicks are tempting as usual. Nalla cute bowls..

  22. A good one Suji. I love the presentation and those cute bowls.

  23. Hi Sujitha,

    I was looking for a kadala curry recipe without coconut when I stumbled upon ure site. Absolutely love ure space!! I will definitely b making this curry tonite and will let u know how it turned out. In the mean time, do chk out my blog too and let me know wat u think. Happy to be ure follower!



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