Thursday, July 6, 2017

Kerala Style Kadala Curry | Kadala Kari Recipe | Black Chick peas Curry from Kerala ( India) | Gluten Free and Vegan Recipe

Kadala Curry

Hi Supermoms,

'Kadala Curry' needs no introduction. It is one of the most popular curries of India. It is mostly served with rice puttu , parotta or chapathi. A wholesome curry recipe filled with coastal flavours and spices of the Malabar region of India. Fresh spices add to the taste of this dish. I had the fortune to receive this recipe from my school friend  Prajitha , who has been cooking this dish for so many years . 

It is such an awesome feeling to cook something as authentic as this. If you haven't tried making Kadala Curry , do try now. The taste is simply amazing. You can serve it along with appam, roti or dosai also. A protein addition to our diet is always a good thing. 

Kadala Curry

Recipe Courtesy : Mrs. Prajitha Unnikrishnan

Preparation time : 3-4 hours ( includes soaking time )
Cooking time : 1 hour 
Serves : 4-6 
1 cup = 250 ml cup 

Ingredients :

To boil :

1 cup Kala Chana / Black Chick peas ( washed and soaked)
3 cups water 
1/8 teaspoon turmeric 
1/4 teaspoon salt 

To fry and  grind to a paste ( the masala) :

1 bay leaf
2 cloves
1-2 cardamom
5-6 dry red chillies ( adjust according to the heat of the chillies)
1/4 cup coriander seeds 
4 garlic pods 
1/2 " ginger ( chopped)
20 shallots OR 2 onions ( chopped)
1/2 coconut or 1 cup coconut ( grated)
salt to taste 
2 teaspoons coconut oil 

To temper :

2 teaspoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 onion ( thinly sliced)
1 tomato ( finely chopped, optional)
2 teaspoons coconut ( sliced thinly)
2 green chillies ( sliced lengthwise)
1 sprig curry leaves 

Method : 

1. Boil the chickpeas along with salt and turmeric powder upto 5-6 whistles over low/medium flame and switch off.

2. Heat a kadai/wok over low flame and fry all the ingredients given for the masala in the order given. 

3. Allow it cool for 5 minutes.
4. Grind it smoothly using adequate water and set it aside.

5. Heat a kadai/wok with coconut oil and temper with ingredients given for the same. 
6. Transfer the tempering to a plate/bowl and place the kadai back on low flame.
7. Add the boiled chickpeas to the kadai (along with the boiled water).
8. Add the ground masala and salt .

9. Close the kadai and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes . 
10. Add the tempering  and switch off .
Chef tip : You can add handful of finely chopped fresh coriander leaves . 

Your delicious Kerala Special Kadala Curry is ready to be served.  I served it along with soft Malabar Madakku Chapathis. 

Kadala Curry

Click here for more  Indian Curry Recipes .

Happy Cooking !

With love,


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