Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Kadala Curry Recipe-Kerala Kadala Curry for Puttu, Appam, Dosa

Kerala Kadala curry is a very popular and traditional dish of Kerala. Kadala curry and puttu are made for each other. Kadala curry goes well not only with appam and puttu but also with dosa, idiyappam, poori and chapati. It is so easy to prepare and tastes great. Today we will learn how to make Kerala Kadala curry/kala channa curry following this easy recipe.

Kerala Kadala Curry Recipe

Kerala Kadala Curry

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cook Time : 30 Mins |   Serves : 4

   Ingredients needed

   Brown Kondaikadalai/Kala channa -2 cups (cooked)
   Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
   Onion - 2 medium/1 cup chopped
   Green chilli -1 slit
   Tomato -1
   Grated coconut - 3/4 cup

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
   Chilli powder -3/4 -1 tbsp
   Coriander powder -4 tsp
   Kerala Garam Masala Powder-1 tsp
   Salt needed

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp
   Hing -a pinch

   Top up seasoning

   Oil-1 tsp
   Red Chillies-2
   Curry leaves- few


Soak channa overnight or for 5-6 hours. Pressure cook for 3 whistles or until soft with a little salt and just enough water.(If you soak 1 cup konda kadala, you will get 2 cups of cooked kadala)

Heat 1/2 tsp of oil and saute coconut on medium flame until it turns golden brown. Grind it to a smooth paste.

Chop onions and tomatoes to medium size pieces. Keep everything ready.


Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, hing, when mustard splutters, add ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw flavor goes.

preparation for Kerala kadala curry

Then add onions, green chilli and saute until onions turn light brown. Add a little salt to the onions to speed up the process.

Add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes become mushy.

sauteing onions

Once the tomato is cooked, add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, salt needed and saute until the raw flavor of the masala powder goes. If it becomes too dry, add a tbsp of water and cook.

sauting onion for kadala curry

Then add the cooked kadala along with the water. Add the ground coconut paste and cook for a few minutes. 

Kadala curry for appam, puttu

Take a ladle of cooked channa, grind it to a coarse paste and add it to the gravy along with Kerala Garam masala powder. Add more water and cook on medium flame until everything gets blended well.

Heat 2 tsp of oil, saute red chillies and curry leaves and add to the gravy. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with puttu or appam or even with chapati or dosa.

How to prepare Kerala Kadala curry

The gravy has to be a little watery so that it will make a perfect pair with puttu.(coming up next)

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  1. kadala curry and puttu!!! my fav. yummmm...

  2. I was looking for this. Thanks padhu.

  3. Padhu, the adala curry looks so spicy and mouthwatering. Excellent preparation.

  4. Puttu and kalada curry is one of my fav breakfast.. Kadala curry looks delicious..

  5. Superb i am going to try it but where to get Kerala garam masala

    1. I have given the link for preparing Kerala garam masala under ingredients. Anyway here it is

  6. Sure going to try this today..Thanks Padhu

  7. Looks great and sounds easy, will try it for sure!

  8. Thanks for sharing..made it today as per your recipe.and it turned out awesome

  9. Just superb goes so nice with idyappam thanks for sharing

  10. ur recipes r always perfect .. i tried tis came out so well.. imp my hubby loved it

  11. Yummy to taste simple to make gr8

  12. It tastes perfect. Very nice padhu. I simply loved it.

  13. I have already tried dis and now came for recap... I'm pregnant now and had a sudden craving for dis healthy recipe... Thanks for sharing dis tasty one...

  14. what happens if you soak the kadala for more than 6 hours...say maybe 9-10hours. since i havent cooked with kadala before i cant tell if it has gone bad or not. i drained and popped in the fridge after that. please help

    1. Nothing will happen. You can drain it, put it in the fridge and use it even the next day.

    2. Iam so happy padhu that even Iam able to prepare dishes with gud taste with ur method. Kaju katli was the first one I prepared then adhirasam seven cup cake sweet pongal etc etc . I used to think being a professor its waste of time standing in kitchen.thanks a lot padhu for making me a gud cook also.

  15. Padhu... I always prepare kadala curry once in a week.. yesterday, thought of trying the above recipe and it turned out soo well... My hubby loved it.. This was the first time Im trying a recipie from blog..
    I was wondering how the taste will be when we grind kadala ..But, it was awesome..

    Thank you for this wonderful recipie.

  16. Padhu,

    I Love your blog and I am a big fan of all your recipes. Looks like you are using metal spoons on non stick pans, which is not a good idea though. The non stick coating might get off when rubbed with metal and mixes with food. It might be a good idea to avoid non-stick pans and go for stainless steel or use wooden spatula on non-stick pans.

    Thanks for your awesome recipes.

  17. Thank you very much! It came out just like in Kerala hotels.

  18. Can you please explain why did you satue the coconut to golden brown before grinding? Does it gives different flavour?

    1. Yes it gives an nice flavor and color and also tastes good.

    2. Thanks Padhu. I tried this and came out very well.

  19. I tried this one. And it came good and taste. My husband like this kadala curry very much. Thank u so much for this.

  20. I tried it today, came out well, thanks for sharing

  21. I prepared this with padhus direction and got more appreciation....
    Thanks padhus...not only for this receipe but for all ur recepies....

  22. Hi padhu.. I tried this kadala curry recipe.. It came awesome... My husband enjoyed lot.. Thank u soooo much...

  23. Kadla curry came off very well. My son says he would love it if I can make it often.
    Many thanks.!!

  24. Hi Padhu, I came across another recipe for kadala curry on pulses.org that had the same text as yours. There was no mention of recipe courtesy either. I do not know if you already know about this but if you don't, I hope I've done you some favor by letting this come across you. Btw, easy recipe... Im gonna try this one right away :)

    1. Thank you for letting me know. Many copy my recipes and it is really very difficult to keep track of all that. Anyway I will check it using copyscape.

  25. Beautiful recipe padhu ..just made it ...thanks a lot

  26. Today I have done this receipt, it turned out very nice. Thanks to your page and receipe.


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