Kerala Kadala Curry | Black Channa Curry

Kerala Kadala Curry - Black Chickpeas In Roasted Coconut Gravy

  •  3/4 cup black chickpeas
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 small green chillies, split in half
  • salt, as needed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tomato , chopped
 To  roast and grind
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  •  1/8 tsp fennel seeds(perum jeerakam)
  • 1 tsp whole coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2  whole dry red chillies
 To tamper

  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 3 shallots, sliced
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • curry leaves, few
  • 1 tbs dry coconut chunks (thenga kothu)

 I am getting lots of searches looking for traditional kerala kadala curry and realized its not in my blog So here is my all time favorite kadala curry or black channa curry cooked in roasted coconut gravy topped with roasted coconut chunks,curry leaves and red chillies.A perfect side dish with Kerala palappam, rice porridge , puttu, rice dosa, roti and upma. 
Soak chickpeas overnight or 2 to 3 hours, cook with enough water adding turmeric powder, chilli powder
, onions , tomato and salt. Mean while dry roast all the ingredients listed under roast  till coconuts are brown in color,  let them cool and grind to a fine paste. Add this to cooked chick peas. Cook for few more minutes . Turn off the heat and prepare tadka. This part is important for this curry to enhance the flavor and aroma. Heat coconut oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves. Add shallots and  coconut chunks, saute till onions and coconuts slightly change their color. Pour this seasoning over the curry and serve with Vellayappam, puttu, rice porridge etc.


 Sending this to Kerala Kitchen Event May 2012 hosted by   The  cooking doctor

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Vellayappam or Palappam

Kadala puzhukku

Rice Dosa


  1. I normally make it Punjabi/Sindhi style... will try this..looks so delicious and spicy..

  2. One of our family fav too, love both coconut and masala versions. Yummy yumm, beautiful pics as well..

  3. Very delicious n yummy kadala curry , great combo with puttu:-)

  4. This is a tasty dish n I love the way u formatted ur post :)
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  5. Yummy kadala curry,love it with puttu or appam,healthy and filling breakfast.

  6. Wow so yummy... My grandmother is from Kerala n she cooks it so well.... 3 months back she passed away n thus curry reminds me her....

  7. yummy n delicious curry..thx for sharing!

  8. Looks yummy :)

  9. Love love kadala curry like this, reminds me of home when we had with puttu, idiyappom you name it mom served it with everything :-)

  10. OMG.. mouth watering here.. looks absolutely amazing dear.. Gr8 job !!
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  11. i ve been looking for this recipe for such a long time now.. looks delicious

  12. Will make this tomorrow. I have run out of veggies but I have the black channa. Just as I was figuring out what to make for lunch tomorrow.

  13. Thank you Vrinda for linking it to KK event..the dish looks utterly delicious and definitely will try it out soon:-)

  14. Excellent and definitely an inviting curry..Makes me nostalgic.

  15. Made this. very nice. Thanks

  16. yummy kadala curry.puttum kadalayum pinne pappadavum.yummy

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  18. Wow....superb recipe...totally loved the taste.. thanks aton for sharing such a fabulous recipe. god bless


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