Kadala Curry

kadala curry
  • Yield : 1
  • Servings : 5-6
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 25m
  • Ready In : 35m
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Kadala Curry

Kadala curry and Puttu, is the most famous food combination in Kerala breakfast. Kadala curry is prepared in many distinctive ways based on how the coconut is added. Coconut can be added in the form of ground paste, ground roasted paste or as coconut milk. Here we are going to prepare this recipe by adding coconut as ground roasted paste. Hope you will like it.


  • Kadala/ Chickpeas (കടല) – 1 Cup
  • Shallot (ചെറിയ ഉള്ളി) - 6 Nos
  • Ginger (ഇഞ്ചി) - 1 Inch piece
  • Garlic (വെളുത്തുള്ളി) - 5 Cloves
  • Grated coconut (തേങ്ങ ചിരണ്ടിയത്) - 1 Cup
  • Coriander powder (മല്ലിപ്പൊടി) - 2 Table Spoon
  • Chilli powder (മുളകുപൊടി) - ½ Table spoon
  • Turmeric powder (മഞ്ഞള്‍പൊടി) - 1 Pinch
  • Garam Masala (ഗരം മസാല) - ½ Tea spoon
  • Coconut Oil (വെളിച്ചെണ്ണ) - 3 Table Spoon
  • Mustard seeds (കടുക്) - ½ Tea Spoon
  • Dry red chillies (വറ്റല്‍മുളക്) - 2 Nos
  • Curry leaves (കറിവേപ്പില) - 1 Sprig
  • Water (വെള്ളം) - 4 Cups
  • Salt (ഉപ്പ്) – To taste


Step 1

Soak kadala (chickpeas) in water for minimum 8 hours and drain it.

Step 2

Pressure cook kadala by adding 4 cup of water and salt. When you hear the first whistle, reduce the flame to medium and wait for 3 more whistles. Turn off the fire and wait till the pressure settles. (Do not drain it)

Step 3

Chop shallots, ginger and garlic and keep aside.

Step 4

Heat 1 table spoon of coconut oil in a pan and put garlic, shallots, ginger and grated coconut one by one. Stir it until the coconuts turns brown. Add garam masala, coriander, chilli and turmeric powders into it. Stir it for 2 more minutes. Remove from the flame and let it cool.

Step 5

Grind the roasted coconut using a mixer grinder without adding water.

Step 6

Add the ground mix to the cooked kadala and let it boil. Taste for salt.

Step 7

Heat 2 table spoon of coconut oil in a pan and put mustard seeds. When it splutters, put broken dry red chillies and curry leaves into it and saute it. Add this to the prepared kadala curry and transfer to the serving dish.


1) If you want more thick gravy, grind 4 table spoon cooked kadala and add to the curry.

2) Adjust the spices according to your taste.

3) If you don’t have garam masala you can use vegetable masala or meat masala or chicken masala as an alternate.

4) Tomato (1 No) can be added for sour taste.

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Nutritional Profile

Main nutritional contents are,

  • Vitamin C

  • Folic acid

  • Choline

  • Potassium

  • Phosphorus

  • Iron

  • Protein


1 Table spoon = 3 Tea spoons
1 Dessert spoon = 2 Tea spoons
1 Tea spoon = 5 ml
1 Cup = 236.588 ml


Myself, Shaan Geo basically a Software Engineer started my career in IT Industry. I have had a passion for food and cooking from an early age. This habit made me keep an eye out for the new variants of food and the different cuisines where ever I go. According to me cooking is an equal-opportunity talent and I find that anybody can cook. It is not limited by the age, profession, caste, colour or creed of a person. What is needed is the love for cooking. For me passion for cooking does not stop in the kitchen, when I travel, I continue to be inspired by eating in some of the best restaurants around the world.

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Comments (12)

  1. posted by Meena Subhash Padukone on November 6, 2012

    I like this kadala curry very much, I will make this my home as per your recipe

    • posted by Shaan Geo on November 6, 2012

      Hi Meena, Thanks for the feedback. Enjoy the recipe :)

  2. posted by Anila Nair on December 7, 2012

    I learned a lot from your recipes… its really helpful as i love cooking too…thank you shaan etta..

    • posted by Shaan Geo on December 7, 2012

      Hi Anila, Thanks. Great to know that you learned a lot from my recipes and you love cooking. I appreciate very much that you find time to post your comment here :)

  3. posted by Sheena on January 1, 2013

    Please post recipes without coconut.. today our people need it the most… we cannot think any recipe without coconut.. but its threatening for our life..

    • posted by Shaan Geo on January 2, 2013

      Hi Sheena, Thanks for the comment. I was really surprised about your health consciousness. In my point of view coconut is not so dangerous, it is all about how much you consume. Anyway I will try to post some recipes without coconut. Happy cooking! :)

  4. posted by Shyamkumar on January 16, 2013

    Onion is not mentioned in the list of ingredients. Is it optional?

    • posted by Shaan Geo on January 17, 2013

      Hi Shyamkumar, I am sorry, it is shallots, by mistake I mentioned it as onion (step 4). We are not using onion for this dish. Thanks for the feedback.

  5. posted by suja pradeep on February 15, 2013

    thanks shaan, for all the recipes.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on February 15, 2013

      You are welcome Suja. Have fun in the kitchen :)

  6. posted by Merlin on August 19, 2013

    Kadala curry was awesome. I love all your recipes and it comes out very beautifully. Waiting for your next new recipes. Good attempt. Thanks.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on August 20, 2013

      Hi Merlin, Thanks a lot for such a wonderful feedback on kadala curry. Happy to know that you like all the recipes posted here. Please like the facebook page to get notified when new recipes posted :)


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