Kadala Curry

If you ask any Malayalee about their favourite breakfast dish, I’m sure puttu and kadala (chick peas) will pop up. It’s a comfort food for most Keralites. Though I always tell people that mine is a Kerala food blog, I’m kinda embarrassed to say that it took me 4 years to post a kadala curry recipe. Anyways, it’s better late than never. Also I’ve received requests from a number of readers for the same.

This recipe is from the blog Yummy O Yummy. True to their name, this space has many yummy recipes. I was looking for a kadala curry recipe with roasted coconut and thick gravy and this one fitted the bill perfectly! I hope you will also like it. Except for the very minor changes in the quantity of ingredients, this is totally Yummy Team’s recipe :) Thanks Yummy Team for such a wonderful recipe. You can see the step by step pictures of this recipe here.

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  • wow..Kadala curry and puttu is a heavenly combo…breakfast ne patty alochikumpole ethoru malayiyudeyum manassil adhyam ethu thanne anu picturesise cheyya…I love Yummy o yummy too, i have tried many of their recipes and each one of them are simply awesome….

  • hii maria
    thank u so much for kadala curry recipe…
    i was waiting for this..will make soon and let u know..take care..God Be with u :)

  • What photography ideas Maria!! Great ideas u have.. so busy with work that im not able to get into the kitchen to try out ur recipes. wanna try out one soon…. Kadala curry looks great…

    • Jincy dear,

      how are you? thanks dear :)

      Hope you get some free time soon to try out the recipes. Pinne hows Sujitha and ur parents? Please convey my regards to all of them…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,
    I was looking for a good kadala curry recipe.. so was really happy when i saw this one.. made it for bkfast this morn, it was really goodd :).. thanks for another good recipe !!

  • Tried the kadala curry today for breakfast and it was a hit. Thanks for posting it. I was always on the lookout for a kadala curry that had a thicker gravy. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

    • Hi Anu,

      You’re welcome dear :). Good to know that you liked this recipe. Please do try other recipes also when time permits…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hey Maria!! hope u dont get shocked seeing so many comments from me today ;-) u know am a regular here, just that i’ve been too lazy to post comments …. i made this 2 weeks back totally loved it………i am a huge puttu kadala fan but somehow wasnt completely happy with kadala curries i was cooking….. i remember loving this taste u get in some restaurants and in the houses of my christian friends but just had no clue how it was made!! and Voila.. along comes ur recipe :-)
    this is going to be a regular “feature” now at home now!!!
    and hey can u post more veggie recipes…….. side dishes with rice mainly……? for one i dnt get half our nadan veggies here and to top i have a fussy, non veg loving husband :-) ur recipes somehow really work at home :-)

    • Dhans,

      It’s really nice to see flow of comments like these :), so keep posting it :). You know what even I wasnt happy with kadala curry I used to make it before & after trying this there was no looking back.

      I’ll keep the veggie recipes in mind. However I’ve posted some veggie recipes before, please have a look at it.

      Some of them are:

      parippu curry
      dal palak
      dal makhani
      pavakka kichadi
      aloo gobi
      palak paneer
      paneer butter masala
      mushroom curry
      carrot & beans thoran

      Hope you find something interesting.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Maria,
    There is a whole lot of awesome receipies here. In this a variation can be brought by adding some coconut milk and a small tomato(chopped) while sauting onions(after onions are done).

    regards,
    Aagal

    • Thanks Aagal :)

      Yeah, at my place in Kerala, they use coconut milk for this curry. However adding tomato is new :) Will try it sometime.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • I had to laugh when I saw this. I’m pretty new to Indian cooking and recently made a yummy kalachanna recipe. I’d been eating the leftovers for breakfast because it was just perfect.  I see I’m in good company!

    • Hi Kristin,

      Its nice to know that you liked the channa curry. I do hope you find the Indian recipes here interesting! Please do try them out when time permits.

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,

    This is Beth again! I tried your beef fry last week and that come out great, and a couple of days back I made kadala curry. To tell you the truth, I was very nervous to make this dish, b’coz this is my very first experimentation with kadala. I read through the recepie and seeing how clearly you have explained encouraged me to try it out. For a first time trial, I can say it came out good!

    My mom was very surprised to hear me all excited about going to make kadala curry. When I was at home with parents, I would make a fuss about having certain dishes, and kadala curry was one of it  *ya, i know spoiled me , right!*  But now being married and away from my parents for 8 months, I miss all of my mom’s dishes. Thanks to this blog i can now make it on my own :)

    Thanks again Maria! Your blog is a great help to people like me who don’t have much knowledge on cooking.

    Take care :)

  • Hi Beth,

    Its a pleasure to know that you find this site helpful. Thanks for trying the recipes & I’m glad that it came out well :)

    I was also like you before marriage, being fussy about certain food. But I guess that changes once you are on your own ;)

    Take care & Happy cooking!

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Hi Maria,
    I have been a regular follower of you blog..All the recipes that I had tried earlier had come out well.But somehow this curry didn’t taste good at all.The taste of the whole spices masked the taste of all the other ingredients.I spent 1.5 hours in the kitchen trying to get it right.Finally,added some tomato,more ground coconut,ginger,garlic and came up with something edible. :-(

    Nisha.

    • Hi Nisha,

      Sorry to hear that the curry didnt turn out well. I’m not sure why it happened like that. I always give the qty which I’ve used, but you can always adjust it to suit your taste. May be you can try reducing the qty of whole masala and see…

      Hope it comes out well next time.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • I am very fond of kerala food and for this reason I find your blog very interesting. Before I take the plunge and try some recipes, I need to know whether coconut in the recipes refers to dry coconut or fresh. I have not been able to find an answer to this on net.

  • Hi Neeraj,

    Thanks for dropping by my site.

    I use fresh coconut for all my cooking preps unless otherwise specified in the recipe. Hope you get to try some of the recipes soon & like them too…

    Happy cooking!

    Cheers
    Maria

  • i have been trying different styles of cooking kadala curry since my marriage ,but i was not satisfied with any as it didnot taste as my mothers.To be frank, slowly i started to avoid making this.yestrday my hus wanted appam n kadala curry and i searchd and followed your recipe.And i have to say ,it came out well tat my hus who knows few about cooking,asked hw the masala is done,its very tasty.Really,i ws so happy tat i wanted to share the happiness with you…..THANK YOU MARIA,,,for helping me make dlicious spicy kadala curry for the first time in my married life of 3 years.

    • Hi Joice,

      Thanks a bunch for your lovely comment dear :) It’s a pleasure to know that you got your kadala curry right after so long. Thanks for taking time to share your feedback here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • hi maria..i’ve been trying ur dishes since my marriage is fixed …this month is my marg n now i’m expert with doing ur dishes…thank you maria..:)

    • Hi Aswathy,

      Congrats dear! Wish you a very happy and blessed married life!

      It’s a pleasure to know that you’ve been trying recipes from here, thanks a lot dear :)

      Here’s to lots of wonderful and yummy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • This can be done without coconut as well.just grind little cooked kadala and add it to the gravy.in this way you can avoid coconut and still get a thick and yummy kadala curry..:-)

  • It will be surprising to say I’m an Iranian, married to a Keralite for the past 10yrs!

    Coming back to this receipe, it is one of the best kadala curry I’ve ever made. My husband remembered his mom’s cooking after eating this. I did add 1tbsn of chopped garlic and ginger while roasting along with coconut.

    I must confess that I’m a BIG fan of Keralite cuisine and YOU are making our (non-keralites) lives easier by sharing your lovely receipes.

    Keep up the good work Maria!!

    • Hi Masoumeh,

      Thanks a bunch for writing to me! Great to know that this recipe brought back good memories for your husband :)

      It’s a pleasure to know that you find this site useful, thanks dear :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • It will be surprising to say I’m an Iranian, married to a Keralite for the past 10yrs!

    Coming back to this receipe, it is one of the best kadala curry I’ve ever made. My husband remembered his mom’s cooking after eating this. I did add 1tbsn of chopped garlic and ginger while roasting along with coconut.

    I must confess that I’m a BIG fan of Keralite cuisine and YOU are making our (non-keralites) lives easier by sharing your lovely receipes.

    Keep up the good work Maria!!

  • maria dear,, made this again today.. it was soo very tasty as always. everyday i visit ur blog,either to take down a recipe or simply to read your post.. anyway THANKS A TON for this wonderful blog dear..Your butter chicken recipe was awsome .very easy and sooooo tasty.. love u lots da. …

  • Hi Maria,

    My hubby cannot eat tomato/tamarind, which all channa curries need, so I was on the lookout for a Kerala recipe, which I suspected would be made without those two things, and I was right!! And even better, it has coconut, which I love!! Thanks!!

    Even though I studied in Ooty where I had many Mallu friends, I’m not familiar with Kerala food. I suspect it is somewhat similar to food from Mangalore – where I lived for a while ( I’m Telugu) I loved the food there because everything has coconut and I love coconut.

    I always thought Channa was mainly a North Indian dish, did not imagine any traditional South Indian recipes would feature it, so this is a nice surprise. I would love to try Kuttu too, but first I’ll try the chole – sounds like a superb combo!! Thanks a million for posting this!!

    • Hi Manjee,

      I do hope you get a chance to try this and like it too. Yeah I think Manglorean cuisine also use coconut in their daily cooking.

      Happy Valentines day :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Manjee,

      I do hope you get a chance to try this and like it too. Yeah I think Manglorean cuisine also use coconut in their daily cooking.

      Happy Valentines day :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • I was searching google for a good kadala curry receipe..And found your site one among my search results. After reading the comments i thought i wil give this receipe a try. I should tell you that this was the best curry i have ever made and it tasted wooow. Thanks a looot for this yummy dish receipe and note that now your site is my google of receipes :)

  • I was searching google for a good kadala curry receipe..And found your site one among my search results. After reading the comments i thought i wil give this receipe a try. I should tell you that this was the best curry i have ever made and it tasted wooow. Thanks a looot for this yummy dish receipe and note that now your site is my google of receipes :)

    • Thanks a lot Laya :) I’m happy that you stumbled on this recipe and gave it a try.

      Hope you will like the other recipes too.. Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Thanks a lot Laya :) I’m happy that you stumbled on this recipe and gave it a try.

      Hope you will like the other recipes too.. Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Thanks a lot Laya :) I’m happy that you stumbled on this recipe and gave it a try.

      Hope you will like the other recipes too.. Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • I used to cook chickpeas with sliced onions green chilies and ginger, then add chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, slices of coconut and salt after cooking it for few minutes. then add dry red chilies mustard and curry leaves. But I must say yours was better.

  • I used to cook chickpeas with sliced onions green chilies and ginger, then add chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, slices of coconut and salt after cooking it for few minutes. then add dry red chilies mustard and curry leaves. But I must say yours was better.

  • I used to think I am a pathetic cook, but after trying your recipes I’ve changed my views;). I have started getting compliments for m “kadala curry”, m mom is shocked! All thanks to your awesome website!!!

  • Dear Maria,

    I recently got married and had absolutely no clue about cooking.I have tried out many of the recipes from your site .If i want to cook something,the first thing i do is check in this site :). Trust me my confidence level about cooking has increased a lot :) Have no clue what i would have done without this site :P . Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes.

    Cheers

    Gayathri :)

    • Dear Gayathri,

      First of all Congrats and wish you a happy and blessed married life!

      I’m so happy that you find the recipes here useful. I was also absolutely clueless about cooking when I got married ;)

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • since yesterday i am trying to post this comment,but its not uploading..anyway i tried kadala curry ,it turns out yum..now everyday i am making something from your site,its so helpful..thanks maria..

    • Thank you so much Ajini for posting a comment here, appreciate it very much :)

      I’m really happy to know that you try recipes from here on a daily basis!

      Take care and happy cooking dear :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,
    I can’t seem to see any recipe on this page. I’ve tried this recipe before and I’m pretty sure it was visible before. There’s nothing after ‘Here is the recipe’. :)

    • Hi Laura,

      I’m sorry for the delayed reply :( I was away for holidays..

      There was some technical error when we upgraded the site, some recipes were not showing on the site. However it’s working now.

      Sorry for the confusion.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria, I have the small sized black channa at home. Do you think that will work or should I use regular chole? Also, can this recipe be halved?

  • Hi Maria….
    Even though I used to make kadala curry, I was actually searching for this recipe on the net….I had eaten this kadala curry somewhere in kottayam…but tried hard to make it at home….the taste always used to be Malabari …I yearned for the thekkan kadala curry…finally got it on your blog…Thanks a lot…..I’m so excited to try thisssssssss….

    • Hi Nithya,

      Glad you found what you were looking for. Hope you get to try this Kadala curry soon and it meets your expectations :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • I made this kadala curry with putty and idiappam.was a super duper hit.thank you for the fabulous recipe maria

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