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kadala curry recipe



Kadala Curry is a popular dish from the South Indian state of Kerala. It’s made from black chickpeas (kala chana) and is traditionally served with Puttu (steamed rice cake) or Appam (rice pancake). Spices like coriander, turmeric, chili, and garam masala give this dish its unique flavor profile. This protein-packed vegetarian dish is not just delicious but also quite healthy.

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Kadala (black chickpeas) soaked overnight

1 cup

large onion, finely chopped


green chilies, slit



1 teaspoon

garlic paste

mustard seeds

1 teaspoon

dried red chilies


curry leaves


tomatoes, chopped


turmeric powder

1 teaspoon

coriander powder

2 teaspoons

red chili powder

1 teaspoon

Garam Masala

1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

vegetable oil

2 tablespoons



Step 1:

Pressure cook the soaked kadala with 3 cups of water and salt for 6-7 whistles or until soft.

Step 2:

In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to splutter, add dried red chilies, curry leaves, and saute for a minute.

Step 3:

Add chopped onions, green chilies, ginger-garlic paste, and sauté till the onions turn golden.

Step 4:

Add chopped tomatoes and cook till they become mushy.

Step 5:

Add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala and sauté.

Step 6:

Add the cooked kadala along with the water it was cooked in. Mix well, and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until you get your desired consistency.

Step 7:

Serve hot with Puttu, Appam or Rice.

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