Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Kadala curry with coconut milk (Serves 4)

Kadala curry with coconut milk

Kadala or black chana is a favorite in the family and hence Amma used to make variety of curries that pairs well with most of the Kerala breakfasts. This is one such curry that uses coconut milk which gives a creamy and mild taste to the usual spicy kadala curries. Enjoy!!!

Kadala/black chana 1 cup, soaked for at least 6 hours
Red onions 1 big, sliced and divided
Green chilly 2 nos, slit
Tomato 1 medium, chopped
Garlic 2 pods, crushed
Red chilly powder ½ tsp
Coriander powder 3 tsp
Pepper powder ½ tsp
Garam masala ½ tsp
Coconut slices 2 TBSP
Thick coconut milk ¼ cup
Salt as needed
Oil 2 tsp

Kadala curry with coconut milk


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

Heat a deep pan at medium high heat and add oil. When hot throw in crushed garlic and coconut slices and sauté till a light brown color. Next add the rest of sliced onions and sauté till translucent. Now reduce flame to medium and add the powders one by one and cook till raw smell is completely gone. Follow up with chopped tomatoes and cook until oil separates. Add the cooked kadala/black chana with the water (if there is no water, add about ¾ cup) and bring to a rolling boil. Lastly adjust salt and add the thick coconut milk, MIX and switch off from flame. Keep covered until ready to serve. Serve hot with appam, idiyappam, idli, dosa etc..

Kadala curry with coconut milk



  1. Omg, super delicious and irresistible curry..

  2. This I will surely make this weekend. Printing it off! I know it tastes great :)

  3. My Favourite curry with Aappam.Good one.Bookmarked

  4. Slurp,makes me hungry..highly inviting kadala curry.

  5. idyappam & kadala curry.. randum adipoli..

  6. wow !!!!!!! truely gr8 combo....love those iddiyappam too...

  7. it looks yummy..Try the same recipe with kabuli chana/vella kadala .it is super yummy .

  8. Looks so creamy..with the flavour of coconut milk am sure will be flavourful n yummy

  9. Oh My Gosh. My dream meal. This is too much.

  10. Adipoli curry,love the combo..

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  12. idiyappavum kadala curryum..........kothi vannu

  13. Happy 2 follow u......do drop at my space........
    Luv the combo.......awesome

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  15. Hi,

    Simple kadala curry and very nice clicks. i have never really had original kadala curry in kerala although i am basically from palakkad...nice clicks and i am planning to make it soon! Do you also serve this with puttu?


  16. this is one of my hubby's favorites...loved it !


  17. This looks so inviting! I love black channa and would love to try this recipe.

  18. its been a long time suji ..couldnt catch up with you ...loved ur black chana looks tempting

  19. Replies
    1. I put 2 garlic cloves.. Turned out to be very tasty. Thanks :)

  20. Hi Sujitha,
    hope you are doing fine! I have made this curry several times now and it has turned out great everytime. I always think about commenting now finally done it. I hope you update the blog soon. Vijai says hi too! :)


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