Friday, December 30, 2005


Kadala Curry

Kadala curry is another traditional dishes of Kerala. Kadala curry and Puttu is the best accompaniment. Kadala curry goes well with Appam, Dosa, Idly and Chapattis. I usually make Kadala curry for Appam and Puttu.

Ingredients: Recipe for two

  • 1 Cup of Black Chana
  • To Fry: ½ onion cut into big chunks, 1 big tomato cut into big chunks, ¼ cup shredded coconut, 2 pods of garlic, a small piece of ginger, 1tsp cilantro, 1tsp roasted gram, 1tsp coriander seeds, 1tsp cumin and 2 red chilies.
  • For seasoning: ½ onion cut into small pieces, 2 cloves, 2 pieces of cinnamon stick, ½ tsp fennel seeds, 2tsp of cilantro.


Pressure-cook the black chana with salt and two green chilies.

Sauté the cumin, coriander, roasted gram, red chilies, ginger, garlic, onion, tomatoes, cilantro and coconut. Allow them to cool and grind the mixture to a fine paste.

Sauté the cloves, cinnamon stick, fennel seeds and onions. Sauté until the onions turn brown. Add the ground masala and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the cooked black chana and ½ cup of water and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add salt for taste.

Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve hot.


Blogger Anbae said...

i'm astonished to c a blog holding for cooking.... simply surprised as it s my first time to c a blog for food preparation..

Me,a pure vegetarian,doing my medicine, in Armenia near Republic of zec.. and here im upset with non-veg's. And me outside india, struggling for vegetarian hereafter, should follow ur blog to make my dietr okay...will be waiting for ur next pure-veg. recipeee ,,,,

will try this recipee for tomorrows breakfast...

nice workaround...

5:41 PM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Anbae, even I was surprised like you when I saw the blogs on food. It motivated me to start one for myself. Check out my cooking links. You will find more interesting bloggers all around the world sharing their interests on cooking:) I am sure you will find lot of vegetarian recipies. Thanks for stopping by:) Let me know how the recipe truned in your Kitchen.

6:31 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Priya

I too make the same version of kadala curry with a slight variation that I add a few peppercorns too, luv the peppery flavor in it.

I am really enjoying ur blog, all typical kerala dishes ..mmmmm.......waiting for ur next recipe

7:41 PM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Anonymous, In my home they add pepper corns. Adding pepper corns it will be spicy and tasty. I shall add next time when I make kadala curry.

7:49 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ama, Naanum theriyamathan ketakaren..

neenga evalvu naala cooking kathukiteenga?

10:51 PM   Edit
Blogger Kay said...

Priya, thanks for the recipe. :) I'm going to try it sometime soon. Have plenty of Kaalaa channa. I'll post my recipe sometime, it's a very simple one though.

7:33 AM   Edit
Blogger Kay said...

I'll add you to my blog's list. That'll bring me to your kitchen even more.

7:34 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like kala chanas Priya. I'll try this recipe, not only traditional and also looks just fabulous, my kind of recipe.:) Definitely going to try it. Thanks for sharing!

7:50 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

anonymous, Kalayanthuku apparum than samyala pakam vanthen!!. Now almost 1 year is over.

Kay, I have tagged your blog to my cooking list. Do share your recipe.

Indira, I gussed that kala chana is one of your favourites. I see lot of kala chana added in your recipes. Let me know how it turned it your kitchen.

10:29 AM   Edit
Blogger sailu said...

Priya,thats a simple recipe and looks good..:)
Here's wishing you and your family a wonderful,cheerful and safe NEW YEAR!

10:52 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Thanks Sailu. Happy Newyear to you and your family:)

10:55 AM   Edit
Blogger Anbae said...

Priya, am upset and sorry to say.., me and my fri' cudnt able to taste the dish which v prepared, atlast..

Though v don have much spices u listed.. v managed in trying the recipe.. every thing v did, but in minutes .. v r given with big bulb.. yes, our flat owner suddely came and she distracted us for something, apporams enna, karinchathu than micham ..
But whats intresting and laughter s, the country which im in is unknown abt the gud smelling dishes and recipes( here peoples do eat the flesh raw), "what s the name of that gud smelling dish?" once she questioned us, v really got a fun around and simply laughed..(she realy cudnt find the difference..)hmmm.. ended up like this.
The thing happy s, v tried and almost had ur dish.. only thing v didnt tast but got mesimerised with the smells.. ll try again, a few days after..

3:03 PM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

anbae, thats sad to hear. May be next time it will turn out yummy . Ask the apt owner to stay away from you guys while cooking:)

3:51 PM   Edit
Blogger Kay said...

Priya, Here's my simple Kadalacurry recipe.. I'll try yours soon.

7:49 AM   Edit
Blogger Kay said...

Ooops, I forgot the link. Here it is

7:50 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Priya,
I tried your Kadala curry & appam recipe this weekend and it was a big hit.
I am a non keralite and it was my first trial at the appams. I had my initial reservations but when I smelt the batter after fermentation I knew it was right on! And they came out real fine and nice. I used a kadhai and got the big bowl shape too :)

9:33 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Priya,

I made kadala curry last night and it was so gooood! Simply delicious! Loved the aroma that fennel seeds added to the curry. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Glad I finally have a black chana recipe that i can make well.

3:41 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Priya,this is Shilpa.This recipe is excatly the kind i was looking for.Thankx a million for this.I just have a doubt.Do we have to soak channa overnight before cooking? And how do we get it to sprout? This is my first time cooking with channa and so I have no idea. Please help.

8:37 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Hey shilpa, soak the chana over night and in the morning cook in the pressure cooker for about 2- 3 whistles..and regarding sprouting...soak the chana in a cheesecloth or any nice soft cloth with water and cover the chana with it-- and leave it for 8-10hrs... it will sprout:)

11:29 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Priya
The recipe is great..I am a Keralite myself but have not been preparing Kadala curry with cocconut..But in my in-law's place they add cocconut and prepare it the typical kerala style..My hubby loves it..I was wondering how to learn to make it..Now I am soo happy...I have already soaked the channa and ready to make it this evening..

5:32 PM   Edit
Blogger Unknown said...

Can kadala curry be had with rice

2:33 PM   Edit
Blogger Unknown said...

Can kadal curry be had with rice

2:33 PM   Edit
Blogger Vidwata said...

hi Priya,

I tried your recipe with a little variation.
I did not have corriander seeds, so I replaced it with corriander powder. And I did not have coconut at hand, so I skipped it. I guess it must have taken away the Kerla essence out of it, but it was wonderful! And I wanted to thank you.
Moreover, can I use dried coconut (the grated ones we get in a packet?). I would like to try it with coconut next time. Its just getting a fresh coco and breaking it and scraping the brown skin seems a chore in itself!

So now you have a new cook and a new visitor who promises to keep coming!

3:11 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Hi Vidwata, Good to know you made your own recipe:)yes you can add dried coconut, I add sometimes when I run from fresh coconuts:)Thanks for letting me know:)

9:59 AM   Edit

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