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Kadala Curry

Kadala Curry

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword curry, kadala curry
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Priya Shiva


  • 1 cup Kadala / Black chickpeas
  • 2 Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger grated
  • 1 cup freshly grated coconut
  • 3 Dried Red chilli
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Back pepper powder
  • 1/8 tsp Asafoetida/hing
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 4 tsp vegetable oil/coconut oil
  • salt to taste


  1. Soak chickpeas overnight in some water. Drain the water and clean it nicely.

  2. Pressure cook chickpeas with 2 cups of water till it gets cooked nicely. You should be able to mash the chickpeas between your fingers.

  3. Add 1 tsp of oil in a small sauce pan and lightly fry grated coconut and red chilli on low flame till coconut turns light brown.

  4. Transfer the content in your food processor and grind it to smooth paste using minimum required water.

  5. Add 3 tsp oil in sauce pan and add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds crackle, add asafoetida, chopped onions, grated ginger and saute.

  6. When onion turns golden brown, add curry leaves and saute for few seconds. Now add tomatoes and saute it for few minutes till tomatoes and all mushy. Just stir and mash them lightly with the help of ladle.

  7. Now add boiled chickpeas, coconut paste, turmeric powder, and black pepper powder, salt to taste, coriander powder and mix it well. Add some water if you feel it’s too thick.

  8. Close the pan with a lid and let it simmer on low flame for few minutes. Keep stirring in between.

  9. Transfer it into a bowl and garnish it with coriander leaves.