October 30, 2010

Kadala Curry

This curry made of Black chana is famous in Kerala. It is simple to make if u have the ingredients ready as major part of the cooking is done in pressure cooker.

It is actually served with puttu, appam or idiyappam but it goes well with Idly/Dosa also.


Black chana - 1 cup (soak overnight)
coarsely Onion - 1
finely chopped onion - 1/2
Tomato - 1/2
curry powder - 1.5 tsp (or use red chilly powder - 1 tsp & coriander powder - 1 tsp)
garlic - 2 pods
coconut powder - 1/2 cup or coconut milk - 1/2 cup
coriander leaves - 1/4 cup
mustard seeds - 1 tsp
oil - 1 tbsp

How to make the curry:

I'll split the procedure in 3 parts. Pressure cooking, grinding and cooking

Pressure cooking:
1. Add little oil in a pan and saute the onions (coarsely chopped), tomatoes, crushed garlic for 1 min.

2. To this add the soaked and washed black chana and the curry powder

3. Add salt to this and pressure cook. cook for 5 whistles so that the black chana gets cooked well

1. In another pan dry fry the coconut powder till dry and it turns light brown (desiccated coconut)

2. Grind the desiccated coconut, a tbsp of cooked black chana and coriander leaves to a smooth paste. (u can also use coconut milk instead of desiccated coconut and grind
it the same way)

Making of the final Curry:
1. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds to splutter. After that add the finely chopped onions and saute till it turns transparent. This dish needs onions to be blended. so saute well.

2. Add the cooked chana mix. check salt

3. Once it boils add the grinded coconut mix and let it boil for 2 mins. Garnish with some coriander leaves.

Serve with Puttu, Appam, Idiyappam or Dosa.

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