Kadala Curry (Curried Chickpeas)

Another perfect-combo in a typical Kerala breakfast- Puttu and Kadala Curry. We have seen before how Puttu was prepared. This is a comfort food for most of the Keralites and Mom used to prepare this quite often until My Dad and us scream for a change. 😛 Now I truly miss it and ring her up to make this when I get home.

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Black Chickpeas – 1 cup, Turmeric powder – 1 tsp, Mustard seeds – ¼ – ½ tsp, Dry red chillies-2, Coconut oil – As required, Sliced coconut pieces– 3 tbsp, Onion – 1 large sliced and chopped, Shallots – 4 sliced, Green chillies – 3 slit, Curry leaves, Red chilly powder – 1 tsp, Salt – To taste
To roast and grind to a paste:
Grated coconut – ¾ – 1 cup, Pearl onion – 2 sliced, Coriander seeds – 1½ tbsp, Fennel seeds – ¼ tsp, cardamom – 2, cloves – 3, Cinnamon stick – 1, Whole pepper corns – ½ tsp, star anise– 1 petal
Soak the chickepeas overnight and cook in a pressure cooker till soft or till five whistles. You can add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, 1/4tsp of coriander powder and salt while cooking. Drain the water and save it for making gravy.
Heat a tsp oil in a pan and add the coriander seeds & the whole spices mentioned above. Saute and add the sliced shallots. Saute for a minute and add the grated coconut. Roast until it turns reddish brown. Switch off and remove. Grind it when it cools down.
In a kadai, heat some coconut oil and splutter mustard and dry red chillies. Add the sliced coconut pieces. Saute until brown. Add the onion, shallots, green chillies and curry leaves. Saute until they turn light brown. Now add turmeric powder, chilli powder, saute for a few seconds and add the water from the pressure cooker. Bring to a boil and add the ground coconut paste and cooked chickepeas. Mix well and cook until the gravy has a desired consistency.  Switch off and serve hot with puttu or appams or idiyappams.
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P.S: to make a a little thick gravy, you can mash a handful of boiled chickpeas in a mixer and add it to the gravy before the coconut paste is put in. That’s my Mommy’s tip. 🙂

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  1. PV. (@meepeevee) May 5, 2014

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