Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Kerala Kadala curry/Kerala black chana curry/varutharacha kadala curry/Black chana in roasted coconut gravy

I like to call this curry a posh cousin to our everyday kadala curry. If you have friends like us who think Kerala cuisine is all about puttu, can talk endlessly about how tasty puttu is, and painstakingly learn the entire process of puttu making, pass on this recipe to them. Let them create Kerala heaven in their homes with smell of roasting coconut wafting through air. Don't forget to gift them a puttu maker.

Kadala/Black chana - 1 1/2 cups
Onion sliced - 1 medium
Garlic - 2 cloves
Ginger - 1 tsp
Green chillies - 1-2
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Coconut oil

To Roast and grind

Grated coconut - 1 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp

Soak black chana overnight. Pressure cook chana along with salt and water. Keep it aside.

Heat a pan, dry roast grated coconut. In between the roasting process, add 1 tsp of coconut oil and fry till it turns brown in colour (don't burn it). Switch off the stove. Now add coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder, and turmeric powder. Mix them well. Allow it to cool. Now grind them in a blender.

Heat oil in a pan, crackle mustard seeds. Saute onion. When onion turns translucent, add garlic, ginger, green chillies, and curry leaves. Stir them well. When onion turns light brown in color, add ground mixture to this. Saute for 1 minute. Now add cooked black chana along with water and allow it to boil. When the gravy starts to thicken, switch off the stove. Transfer this to a bowl and serve hot with steaming puttu.


  1. This looks so so good Sabeena :) This indeed is a 'posh' cousin to the usual kadala curry!

  2. looks really yummy... puttum kadalayum is always a classic combination... :)

  3. Never made this type of dishes before. Thanks for sharing dear!!! :)

  4. tempting curry..i wish to have puttu and kadala :)

  5. I don;t prepare black kadlal very often but I do like its taste with puttu or appam combo :) good recipe!

    Thanks a lot for saying such lovely words for my carousel cake... :)


  6. I've never seen kala channa served like this...looks delicious!

  7. i prefere black chana over white. it's always taste better.

  8. Authentic food, love with puttu,makes me nostalgic.

  9. So good for a hot plate of rice. I was admiring how the curry appeared, thick and yummy.

  10. looks delicious........... perfect with poori.

  11. Oh, this black chana dish is LOVELY! This looks like something I must try. The recipe is great and I loved the picture!!

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  13. healthy and delicious recipe :)
    glad to follow u ...

  14. Black channa is healthy & my favorite. Your black channa gravy looks absolutely delicious.... :-)

  15. I'm glad to pass on the Liebster award to you, please come and receive it! :)

  16. Love this curry always. You made it nicely dear. Looks very delicious.

  17. this is lovely Sebeena, I can salivate over this and puttu!

  18. I make it the same way... A rich presentatiom of our humble kadala curry

  19. Copied the ingredients from here and added few from my own and made a new version. It is in the gas now.. hoping for the best! :-)



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