Kadala Curry / Brown Chana in Roasted Coconut Gravy  ratingratingratingratingrating

This is yet another traditional keralite dish. It is made with Brown chana in thick roasted grounded coconut paste.

 I am sure puttu and kadala curry would be the most favourite breakfast dish for any Keralite. Kadala curry goes well with Appam, Chapathi or even with Dosa. I usually make Kadala curry for Appam and Puttu and all time favourite of my breakfast combination with puttu. Do give it a try and enjoy with your dearest!!

Preperation Time: 20 min. + soaking time 8 hours

Cooking Time: 25 min.

Serves: 4


Brown chana - 100 gms, refer note

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Salt - to taste

For grinding

Grated coconut - 1 3/4 cup (see the measurements here)

Curry leaves - 2 leaves

Chilli powder - 1 tsp

Coriander powder - 2 tsp

For seasoning

Oil - 1 1/2 tsp

Shallots - 6 (thinly sliced)

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves - a few

Preparation Method

Soak chana overnight and it will be around 220 gms after soaking.

Cook it in a pressure cooker with 1 1/2 cups of water for about 6 whistles or till soft. Keep aside. (Do not discard the excess water left in the chana).

Heat 1 tsp of oil in a frying pan and add grated coconut, curry leaves and fry till coconut turns golden brown.

Keep the flame to very low and add coriander powder and chilli powder. Sauté for few seconds.(Make sure that the powders don’t get burnt)

Turn the flame off and let it cool.

Grind this mixture to a fine thick paste, adding just enough water to grind.

Add this coconut paste into the cooked chana along with salt and turmeric powder. Mix well and keep aside.

Heat oil in another pan and spultter mustard seeds and then add shallots.

Saute till shallots turn light golden brown and then add curry leaves and saute for a while.

Add the chana - coconut mixture into it and let it boil for about 4 minutes on a low flame or till you get the desired consistency.

Then turn the flame off and keep it covered for couple of minutes.

It goes well with Puttu, Appam or even with Chapathi.


After soaking there will be around 220 gms of chana.

Add Ratings and Comments        Print

Name: Mahima
Rating: Excellent
Comment: Really enjoyed this curry with puttu.

Name: Ann
Rating: VeryGood
Comment: you can grind 10 - 12 pieces of cooked kadala in a blender and add it to the curry to make the gravy thicker.

Name: Mahima
Rating: Excellent
Comment: Thanks Ann for sharing the tip.

Recipe Categories