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Kadala/Black Chickpeas Curry

Today's recipe is a classic Kerala breakfast that you will never get tried of- Puttu/Steamed rice cakes and Kadala Curry.The combo is so delicious, that it makes this humble breakfast one of the  quintessential of malayali cuisine. It is the most common and favorite breakfast in Kerala and is made in every home throughout Kerala. Kadala curry/ black chick peas curry is an authentic Kerala recipe and this is a spicy and tasty dish for breakfast. Soak the chick peas over night and cook it till soft and tender.
Star ingredient in both puttu and kadala is coconut. Roasted coconut adds a unique flavor and crunch to the kadala curry. Grated coconut is mixed with rice flour to make puttu or steamed rice cake.Coconut is very healthy food and if  you are looking for some healthy options,try incorporating coconut in your diet.
Puttu and kadala curry are so popular that it is an integral part of the menu in every restaurants and tea stalls in Kerala.Kadala curry also goes well with appam or chapathi.Get your ingredients together and try this recipe,you will surely love it.

Kadala/Black chickpeas- 1 cup
Onion- 1 medium
Tomato- 1 medium
Coconut- 1/3 cup
Ginger garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
Coconut sliced- a few
Dry red Chilly 4-5
Coriander seeds- 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp

Green chilly- 2
Curry leaves
salt to taste
oil- 2 tsp

Soak chick peas for 4-6 hours or overnight and cook with enough salt,two green chilly and half the sliced onion in a pressure cooker( Three whistles).
Dry roast coriander seeds, chilly,and coconut till slight brown.Allow to cool and make a paste.
Heat a pan and saute coconut slices till golden brown and add onion and fry till it is almost caramelized and light brown. Add ginger garlic paste and curry leaves and saute for one more minute followed by finely chopped tomatoes. When it is cooked and oil separates add the cooked kadala along with its water  and the coconut paste . Sprinkle garam masala and cook and cover for two minutes and allow the gravy to thicken. Serve with puttu.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy...


  1. Looks delish and I love this combo...just today saw the same in Varsha blog :)

  2. Kadala curry with puttu looks delicious.

  3. Such a lovely dish! Sounds yummy....

  4. wow, such a healthy cuurry looks so good

  5. This is a perfect combo with puttu, looks very delicious.

  6. what a tempting and drooling curry....they look awesome!

  7. it looks yummy,comfort food all throughout!

    US Masala

  8. HEalthy , protein packed dish :)

  9. That made me homesick Suja.
    btw,You have a great place here..!!

  10. all time fav i like it .ur clicksmake the curry tempting

  11. Superb combo & all time favourite........

  12. this is a heavenly combination from Kerala :)

  13. Been a bit busy Suja and now i realize I missed a lot :)

  14. My most fav items are on ur palate...Pass t here and will empty within minutes

  15. i remember the my chilhood days in Kerala....beautifully made

  16. looks very delicious dear.....enikku black kadala vide kittilla

  17. A very delicious curry, one of my favourite :-)

  18. Thanks for stopping by..thats my fav breakfast there..:)

  19. Suja.. Tht puttu looks so cute.. nice shape and colrs.. Perfect breakfast.. yummmm

  20. looks perfect fav i just made it last week

  21. It has been a while since i ate puttu and kadala! very tempting!

  22. my first time here. happy to have chanced on you. puttu and kadala my fave too. is it true that you have to reduce the soaking time for chickpeas to make it less gassy...of course the cooking time ups...

  23. The black peas curry looks delish's my hubby's fav :)


  24. Both looks absolutely divine, prefect combo..

  25. My fav fav combo for breakfast, Kadala curry looks simply superb..

  26. love this..looks so delicious..ippo venam :)

  27. This is a family fav breakfst combo in our home...looks wonderful

  28. Adipoli! This feels so like home.

  29. This is my fav combo..Lovely picture! Njangalkkum undu oru puttu and kadala draftsil..

  30. I am loving this breakfast dish,Sujatha.Loved the neatly done round pile of puttu,I am actually drooling over this dish,looks terrific:)

  31. Looks creamay and perfect. Luv it

  32. Thanks all for stopping by and for the lovely comments.

  33. The evergreen combo! Looks so tempting!


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