Kerala Kadala Curry Recipe, Easy Kadala Curry – Kannamma Cooks (2024)

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Kerala Kadala Curry Recipe. Recipe for easy kadala curry recipe made with black chana. Perfect side dish for puttu or appam. Recipe with step by step pictures and video.

This is a very easy recipe for Kerala style Kadala Curry. We love puttu at home. I do not have my puttu kutty for making puttu here in Hong Kong. But I make kadala curry often and I serve it with idli, chapati or even dosa. It goes perfectly well. Here is how to make Kerala style kadala curry. This is how we make at home. Here is how to do kadala curry.

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Here is how to do Kerala kadala curry Recipe
Soak the black chana / kala chana over night in water. If you are in a hurry, at least try to soak it for a minimum of 4-6 hours.

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Now, we shall do some prep work for making Kerala kadala curry Recipe. We will make a paste for the kadala curry. Grind the tomatoes, garlic, ginger, cloves, fennel seeds and cardamom to a smooth paste. No need to add any water while grinding. Set aside.
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Take a pressure cooker (I used a 3 liter pressure cooker) and add in the sliced onions, the ground masala, soaked and drained chana, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and a cup (250 ml) of water. Cover and cook for 30 minutes on a low flame. After the 30 minutes, remove from heat and wait for the pressure to settle naturally. Set aside.
Note: Many people have asked me if the onions and the spices will be raw. The answer is a definite NO. Since we are cooking for 30 minutes, the onions would be nicely cooked and so will be the spices.
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Take a pan and saute the fresh shredded coconut in a teaspoon of oil on a low flame for 5 minutes until slightly golden.
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Grind the fresh roasted coconut with half a cup of water to a fine paste. Add it to the kadala curry. If the curry is very thick, dilute the curry with half a cup of water.
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Simmer the kadala curry for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat.
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Tempering:
Heat coconut oil in a pan and add in the mustard seeds, curry leaves and dried red chillies. Let the mustard seeds crackle. Add it to the curry.
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Serve kadala curry with puttu, idli, chapati or even dosa.
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Kerala Kadala Curry Recipe. Recipe for easy kadala curry recipe made with black chana. Perfect side dish for puttu or appam. Recipe with step by step pictures and video.

  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

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Masala Paste for making Kerala Kadala Curry

  • 2 ripe tomatoes (about 200 grams)
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 1 clove
  • 1 cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

Other Ingredients for Kerala Kadala Curry

  • 1/2 cup black chana / kala chana
  • 2 onions, sliced (about half cup)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder

Coconut Paste for making Kerala Kadala Curry

  • 1/3 cup fresh coconut
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Tempering Kerala Kadala Curry

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 dried red chillies

Instructions

Here is how to make Kerala Kadala Curry Recipe

  • Soak the black chana / kala chana over night in water.
  • Grind the tomatoes, garlic, ginger, cloves, fennel seeds and cardamom to a smooth paste. No need to add any water while grinding. Set aside.
  • Take a pressure cooker and add in the sliced onions, the ground masala, soaked and drained chana, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and a cup (250 ml) of water. Cover and cook for 30 minutes on a low flame. After the 30 minutes, remove from heat and wait for the pressure to settle naturally. Set aside.
  • Take a pan and saute fresh coconut in a teaspoon of oil for 5 minutes until slightly golden.
  • Grind the fresh roasted coconut with half a cup of water to a fine paste. Add it to the curry.
  • Simmer the curry for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Heat coconut oil in a pan and add in the mustard seeds, curry leaves and dried red chillies. Let the mustard seeds pop. Add it to the curry.

Notes

If you want a spicy kadala curry, you can add some slit green chillies while cooking the kadala / chana.

Coconut oil is preferred for making kadala curry. If you do not want to use coconut oil, you can substitute it with any vegetable oil.

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Kerala

Keywords: Kerala Kadala Curry

Kerala Kadala Curry Recipe, Easy Kadala Curry – Kannamma Cooks (2024)

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