Thursday, September 23, 2010

Kadala Curry

Kadala Curry  which is chickpeas  in a roasted coconut gravy makes a great side  for puttu, chappatis etc. Its the flavors of the roasted coconut and shallots with some more Indian spices that make this curry an irresistible and unique one  from the usual chickpea preparations.

Prep Time: 20 mins excluding the soaking + cooking time for the chickpeas.
Black Chickpeas/Kadala: 1 cup (soaked overnight)
Grated coconut: 1/3 cup
Shallots/Pearl Onions: 4-5
Garlic: 1/2 a pod (optional)
Dried Red chillies: 5-6
Coriander powder: 1 1/2 teaspoons
Chilli powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Pepper powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Curry leaves: 2 sprigs
Coconut cuts: 1 tablespoon

* Those who would like to save time and skip the part of making the roasted coconut gravy  can use Saras Coconut Varutha Curry Masala (shown in the pic) which is available in most Indian Grocers as an alternative.
* For 1 cup of chickpeas use 2 cups of water 

Pressure cook the soaked chickpeas adding enough water, salt, garlic (optional) and turmeric powder for about 10-15 mins.  Meanwhile roast the grated coconut, shallots (keep some for seasoning), dried red chilies, curry leaves  till brown. Add chili powder, coriander powder, pepper powder and fry for few mins. Remove it from heat and grind this to a fine paste. Add the paste to cooked chickpeas and mix well. If the gravy is too thick add some water. Adjust the salt and spiciness and let it boil. 
For seasoning heat some oil, fry chopped shallots, coconut cuts until golden brown. Then splutter the mustard seeds, dried red chilies and curry leaves. Serve hot.


  1. This is a classic curry...looks awesome..Beautiful clicks.

    Pushpa @

  2. Looks yummy.. thazhe ulla puttinte koode.. yumm...

  3. delicious kadala curry...i never roasted the coconut and shallots, interesting one....will try it soon. thanks for sharing.

  4. Nalla super kadala curry tto...

  5. that's quite an inviting snap of Kadala curry....

  6. Aw my fav kerala side dish...looks so yum

  7. Thats such a delicious curry...would love to have with rice :-)

  8. it reminds me of my days at Nagerkoil, where the morning aapam is served with kadalai curry.

  9. Kadala curry looks so yummy. So tempting.

  10. Yummy curry.... I had this in waynad...

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