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Kerala Kadala Curry Recipe, Easy Kadala Curry

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



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


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.


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

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