Masala Kadala ~ Chickpeas in Spicy Sauce

This quote mademe thinking… Actually speaking, reading this makes me feel that I have been fortunate to have seen people like this… not wanting to elaborate much on that though…

I love any type of proteins for dinner. First of all it is delicious and secondly it makes you feel done with a little quantity. Since making the folks at home eat them is difficult, I try my level best to try different variants. I tried this for dinner and upon seeing it, didn’t get a positive response. But thankfully, it was totally wiped off. The HD preferred having it just like that without any chapathis with it, which is a plus point, as it can be had like a snack. The kids also enjoyed it. I loved the mildly spiced coated chickpeas that made me want for more…



Masala Kadala ~ Chickpeas in Spicy Sauce

Course Sides
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup chick peas soaked overnight
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 large onions minced
  • 3 green chillies chopped
  • 3/4 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp fennel powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • Curry leaves/ coriander leaves for garnish


  • Cook the chickpeas with salt till done. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan, splutter mustard seeds. Fry the cumin seeds briefly.
  • Saute the onions and chillies till soft. Add the ginger and garlic paste and cook till raw smell is gone.
  • Add the tomato and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook on low flame till the tomatoes get fully mashed. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking to the pan.
  • Add in the powders from turmeric to fennel and fry till the masalas turn a nice red color. Adjust the salt.
  • Add in the drained chickpeas, mix well. Cook on closed lid for 5 minutes for the flavors to incorporate. Sprinkle in the garam masala and switch off the flame. Serve warm garnished with curry leaves!
  • Awesome to have as it is, or with some rotis!

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  1. This look absolutely healthy and delicious πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Gauri… πŸ™‚

  2. this will go very well with roti or paratha..

    1. Thank you so much Amrita…

  3. looks so good, love to grab the bowl

    1. Thank you so much Linsy…

    1. Thanks a lot Beena…

  4. that's something you call a bowl of protien..
    Sure to be a healthy addition to dinner.. BTW, ur snaps are getting better day by day πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much dear… just trying to improve, though not happening much! πŸ™‚

  5. Yummy looking masala.Must be a spicy one.

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  6. perfect to go with bhature..yumm πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Julie… πŸ™‚

  7. I would like to cook with this recipe with chapati…… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  8. Lovely spicy masala kadala recipe. Protein rich side dish perfect with pooris and chapathis

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  9. Chickpeas are a favourite in our home…this looks delicious!

    1. Thank you so much Asiya…

    1. Thanks a lot Jaleela…

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