Kadala Curry

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A popular, lip smacking side dish for Aappam and Puttu made of Black Chickpea. The blend of fresh spices, coconut and green chillies make this very inviting dish.

SubhashniPosted by Subhashni

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Ingredients

  • Black Channa / Black chickpea – 200gm
  • Thinly sliced shallots – 1 cup
  • Tomato puree taken from 2 tomatoes
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Finely chopped ginger- 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Slit green chillies – 3
  • Oil – 3 tbsp

For Masala powder

  • Cloves – 5
  • Small cinnamon sticks – 3
  • Green cardamom – 1
  • Star aniseed – 1/2
  • Nutmeg – a pinch

For Masala paste

  • Fresh coconut – 3 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Khus Khus – 2 tsp

Preparation

Step 1

Wash and Soak Channa for 8 hours and pressure cook to soft with salt and water.

Step 2

Dry roast all the items given for Masala Powder till nice aroma comes, coarsely powder them, keep aside. Grind all the three items given for Masala paste adding some water and keep aside.

Step 3

Heat a Pan with oil and fry the onions till they become light brown. Now add the green chillies, few curry leaves, ginger and the powdered spices and sauté for a while.

Step 4

Add the tomato puree, red chilli powder, salt, turmeric powder and allow them to boil till the oil separates. Now add the coconut paste and stir well till the raw smell goes.

Step 5

Put the boiled channa with water to the pan. Check out for the salt and spiciness. If needed add more. Pour some water and wait till the stuff thickens to gravy form. Garnish with curry leaves.

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