Kerala Kadala Curry/ Black Chana Curry

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I am surprised that me being a climate person, how come I never wrote about it for quite some time now? πŸ™‚ March and April are the best time to be in the UAE, as the climate gets stable with bouts of lovely breeze, plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies. However, this month it has been quite topsy-turvy. Last week, we had a couple of hard sandstorms, which was then followed by a surprise hail storm and heavy rain, which lasted a total of 15 minutes, but managed to create a havoc on the roads! As of now, the mornings and nights are cool while the rest of the day is pretty warm, thereby being an excellent breeding situation for flus and infection. There is hardly anybody who has not been touched by some or the other illness. Expecting things to get better before the summer is going to hit in full force…

 

There will be no Malayalee who hasn’t had kadala Curry to go with their puttu. In fact, it is one of best combination, just like how the cherupayar curry goes with it. I love to soak my puttu so much in it that I literally have a wet mass in my plate! With minimum effort, and thanks to the pressure cooker, making the curry is also a breeze. Off to the way that I love to make it…

 

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Kerala Kadala Curry ~ Black Chickpea Curry

Course Main
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 6 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup black chana peas soaked overnight
  • 2 meduim onions sliced
  • 1 meduim tomato chopped
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water
  • Salt to taste
  • FOR TEMPERING:
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 dry red chilli
  • 2 sprigs of curry leaves

Instructions

  • In a pressure cooker, add all ingredients from black chana peas to salt and give it a good stir to ensure that the ingredients have mixed well. The water should just cover the top of the curry mix.
  • Pressure cook it for three whistles, lower the flame and leave it for 10 minutes.
  • Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself. Open the lid and give it a stir. Adjust seasoning.
  • For tempering, heat oil in a small saucepan. Splutter the mustard seeds, then fry the dry chilli and curry leaves.
  • Quickly pour into the curry and close the lid. Keep as is for 5 to 10 minutes for the flavors to soak in. Before serve, give a quick mix.
  • Serve warm with puttu. The curry tastes equally good with rice as well.

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  1. Though I haven't tried both together, puttu is not new. We have it over here too. The curry is triple yum. I shall try; soon because its nice for a vegetarian meal.

    1. Both make an awesome combination, Nava… thank you so much…

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  2. Oh god! This Rafeeda is tempting me so badly. I want this puttu and kadala curry right now.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  3. looks too tempting….i love black chanas..will try this soon…

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  4. Very tempting and yummy kadala curry …My fav !!

    1. Thank you so much Asha…

    1. Thank you so much Babitha…

  5. delicious and very tempting kadala curry….

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  6. delicious n healthy too really..

    1. Thank you so much Usha…

  7. This spells comfort to me Rafs and I am tempted to try it out.

    1. It is definitely a comfort meal dear… thanks a lot!

  8. Sounds lovely n delicious, Rafeeda. Would live to have some of yr putti w the curry for bfast now.

    1. Thank you so much dear…

  9. tempting curry, love to have with puttu & appam

    1. Thank you so much Jeya…

  10. Yummy kadalakkari…

    1. Thank you so much Resna…

  11. Luke nice n yummy…..

    1. Thank you so much Razina…

  12. Puttum kadala curryum is an unbeatable combo. Kadala curry looks delicious..

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

  13. This curry is very similar to the black chana curry my MIL makes..Lovely and comforting..

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

  14. really delicious curry,I am getting hungry here…We cook the same way,but finally we add some coconut cream…

    1. Addition of coconut cream sounds really interesting, must try next time… thank you so much Amila…

  15. A classic combo indeed…kadala curry looks yummy..I can have it even with dosa or chapathi

    1. Thank you so much Kaveri…

  16. puttum kadala curryum.. Kalakki..

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  17. wow!!! wow!! awesome pictures dear!! luk so yumm and delicious!

    1. Thank you so much Divya…

  18. It z tempting me madly……..looks so delicious and yummy….Want to have puttu n ur kadala curry now….

    1. Thank you so much Remya…

    1. Thank you so much Ruxana…

  19. i am going to make this today sitting in office and planning for what to make with kala channas.. what a co incidence.. found this πŸ™‚ shall try and hope you enjoyed the weather a lot πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much dear… πŸ™‚

  20. this is such a comfort food…love kadala curry and puttu combination…

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

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