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Kadala Curry (Black Chickpeas Gravy)

 Published 2012-Jan-17   Updated 2017-Aug-28

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Kala Channa Curry)

Kadala Curry is a delicious gravy made with black chickpea and coconut. This is traditionally made in Kerala as a side dish along with Puttu. It also goes well with chappatti, puri, aapam, dosa or rice.

Recipe For Kadala Curry


  • Black Chickpeas (Kala Channa) - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1/2 (chopped)
  • Green Chilies - 2
  • Coriander Powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/8 tsp

To Fry and Grind

  • Pearl Onions - 4
  • Garlic - 3-4 cloves
  • Ginger - 1" piece
  • Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Whole Garam Masala - 2" cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, 2 cardamoms
  • Coconut - 1/2 cup (You can add more depending on the gravy you want)
  • Tomato - 1 big

For Seasoning

  • Oil (preferably coconut oil) - 1 or 2 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 1 spring
  • Dry Red Chilies - 2


  1. Soak the black chickpeas overnight and pressure cook with salt, chopped onions and green chillies. It usually takes about 4 whistles. (You can also use the slow cooker method to soak and cook beans.)
  2. In the meantime, dry roast all the ingredients under 'To Fry and Grind' except tomato.
  3. Roast on a medium low flame till the coconut turns brown in color. Be careful to do on low flame and not burn it.
  4. Cool the mixture and make a smooth paste along with the tomato and required water.
  5. Heat oil in a kadai or pan. Splutter the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  6. Add the dry red chillies and the ground masala. Fry for about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add the spice powders - red chilly powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder.
  8. Add the cooked chickpeas. Bring everything to a boil, reduce the flame and let it simmer till the gravy thickens.
  9. Check for salt and switch off. Garnish with some fresh curry leaves and serve with puttu.

Serving Suggestion


  • Here is a variation of kadala curry made in tamil nadu called "Kadalai Kuzhambu".

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