Thursday, August 7, 2014

Kadala curry (Serves 5)

Kadala curry

This is a super easy recipe that can be made with no worries. I was fortunate enough to taste this while vacationing at our dear friends Sarita chechi and Philip chettan. I didn't even thought for a second, noted down the recipe and have made this for a quite a number of times. The tip for sautéing onions was also shared by them and it works like a charm, no mess, no smell, uses less oil and you don’t have to stand near the stove and keep stirring!!try this out friends and hope you all love it too…


1. Black chana/kadala 2 cups, washed and soaked in water for 6 hours
2. Red onions 3 medium, thinly sliced
3. Tomato 2 medium, cut to wedges
    Garlic 6 cloves, finely chopped
    Ginger 2 inch piece, finely chopped
4. Red chilly powder ¾ tsp (Use more or less according to your preference)
    Coriander powder 3 tsp
    Turmeric powder ½ tsp
5. Garam masala ½ tsp
    Curry leaves a few
6. Salt as needed
7. Oil 1 TBSP
8. Water


  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker and sauté sliced onions till golden brown in color.
  • Add the ginger, garlic and tomatoes and cook covered for 3 minutes, or until tomatoes are soft.
  • Now add the ingredients numbered 4 and reduce flame. Cook this for 2 more minutes, until everything is blend well.
  • Next add the soaked black chana/kadala with 3 cups water. Mix well and add salt. Pressure cook till 5 whistles and allow pressure to release itself.
  • Open lid and turn flame back on and cook for 10 more minutes. Add garam masala and curry leaves. Mix well and turn off stove. Keep covered until ready to serve.

NOTES: To sauté onions, you can follow a simple and easy method which uses very less oil compared to pan sautéing. I have been following this method for a while now and is very happy with the result.

Turn on the oven at BROIL mode. Line a tray with nonstick aluminum foil and place the sliced onions. Add 1 tsp oil and mix well with your hands. Spread onions evenly on the tray and BROIL for 6-8 minutes.

Add this directly to the cooking pan and continue with rest of the ingredients. I never added any extra oil and is very pleased with the end results.

Onion before broiling

Sauted onions after 6-8 minutes



  1. ohh.. thats cool... will try that Suji.. i have seen earlier that u used broil method when u made chicken pickle , right?

  2. Thats a cool tip Suji.. Kadala curry looks fabulous, my favourite anytime.


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