Chickpea Curry or Kadala Curry – Kerala Style

A popular vegetarian curry delicacy in Kerala cuisine…

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Ask any Keralite about Puttu and Kadala curry and they would instantly go Mmmmm. One of the most common and delicious breakfast dishes in Kerala is Puttu and Kadala or Chickpea curry. The traditional way of making kadala curry is by using black chick peas, it has got more intense taste than the white chickpea curry. However, in N.America white chick peas are more common than the black ones. Uncooked black chickpeas are available at most of the Indian stores, but I haven’t seen cooked canned black chick peas. So, if you want to make a chickpea curry in a breeze you have to go with canned white chickpeas.

There is no question about the taste of any dish made with fresh ingredients. So, this time I didn’t even think of using canned chickpeas, instead used uncooked dried chickpeas. I cooked the chickpeas first in a pressure cooker till it’s almost cooked, then combined it with onion and the spices, cooked for a few more minutes in the cooker. I love to add coconut milk to chickpea curry as it makes the curry creamy and more delicious. Since the coconut milk would tone down the spice of this curry, you could increase the amount of chili powder used accordingly.

Kadala curry or chickpea curry can be served with almost all Kerala dishes like puttu, appam, pathiri, chapati or even rice.

You might also like Chickpeas in roasted coconut gravy, yet another favorite of mine.

Kadala curry or Chickpea Curry

Serves: 6 people

Ingredients

To grind:

  • Ginger- 2 inch
  • Garlic- 4 cloves
  • Green chili- 2
For cooking:
  • White Chick peas, uncooked – 1 1/2 cups ( or use canned cooked chickpeas)
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Onions- 1
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
  • Tomatoes, chopped-2
  • Chili powder- 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel powder- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Coconut milk- 1/2 cup
  • Salt- to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful

Instruction

  • I used uncooked chickpeas so I had to cook it in a pressure cooker along with water till 3 whistles. If you want you could soak the chickpeas in water overnight and cook it in the cooker the next day. Don’t over cook the chickpeas. Drain the water and keep the cooked chickpeas aside.
  • Or  use canned cooked chickpeas.
  • Grind the ginger/garlic and green chili in a coffee grinder or blender to a coarse paste.
  • Heat a pressure cooker or a saucepan over medium heat, add oil.
  • Add onions, little salt and curry leaves, saute till it turns translucent.
  • Add the ground ginger/garlic/chili coarse paste to the cooked onions, saute for a few minutes till the raw smell goes away.
  • Add the garam masala to the mixture, saute for a minute.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and let it slightly cook.
  • Add the spices: chili powder, coriander powder and fennel powder, combine well and cook for a minute.
  • Add the cooked chick peas along with 1/4 cup water and cook in the cooker till 1 whistle.
  • If cooking in a saucepan, cook covered till chickpeas has cooked well and has combined well with the spices.
  • Let the pressure in the cooker subside and open the cooker, place it over medium heat.
  • Add the coconut milk, combine well.
  • Have a taste, add salt and more chili powder if needed.
  • Add the chopped cilantro, combine well.
  • Let the coconut milk come to a slight boil.
  • Remove the cooker or saucepan from the heat and keep covered for sometime.
  • Serve with puttu, chapati, appam or rice.

Tips:

  • If the curry is too spicy, add more coconut mile to tone it down.
  • Use black chickpeas instead of white chickpeas.

 

 

Chickpea Curry or Kadala Curry - Kerala Style
Serves: 6 people
 
Ingredients
To grind:
  • Ginger- 2 inch
  • Garlic- 4 cloves
  • Green chili- 2
For cooking:
  • White Chick peas, uncooked - 1½ cups ( or use canned cooked chickpeas)
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Onions- 1
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp
  • Tomatoes, chopped-2
  • Chili powder- 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1½ tsp
  • Fennel powder- 1½ tsp
  • Coconut milk- ½ cup
  • Salt- to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful
Instructions
  1. I used uncooked chickpeas so I had to cook it in a pressure cooker along with water till 3 whistles. If you want you could soak the chickpeas in water overnight and cook it in the cooker the next day. Don't over cook the chickpeas. Drain the water and keep the cooked chickpeas aside.
  2. Or use canned cooked chickpeas.
  3. Grind the ginger/garlic and green chili in a coffee grinder or blender to a coarse paste.
  4. Heat a pressure cooker or a saucepan over medium heat, add oil.
  5. Add onions, little salt and curry leaves, saute till it turns translucent.
  6. Add the ground ginger/garlic/chili coarse paste to the cooked onions, saute for a few minutes till the raw smell goes away.
  7. Add the garam masala to the mixture, saute for a minute.
  8. Add the chopped tomatoes and let it slightly cook.
  9. Add the spices: chili powder, coriander powder and fennel powder, combine well and cook for a minute.
  10. Add the cooked chick peas along with ¼ cup water and cook in the cooker till 1 whistle.
  11. If cooking in a saucepan, cook covered till chickpeas has cooked well and has combined well with the spices.
  12. Let the pressure in the cooker subside and open the cooker, place it over medium heat.
  13. Add the coconut milk, combine well.
  14. Have a taste, add salt and more chili powder if needed.
  15. Add the chopped cilantro, combine well.
  16. Let the coconut milk come to a slight boil.
  17. Remove the cooker or saucepan from the heat and keep covered for sometime.
  18. Serve with puttu,chapati,appam or rice.
Notes
If the curry is too spicy, add more coconut mile to tone it down.
Use black chickpeas instead of white chickpeas.

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