Kadala Curry

This is a rather exceptional combination of Kadala (Chickpeas) with fried coconut and spices as the base

Kadala Curry

This is a rather exceptional combination of Kadala (Chickpeas) with fried coconut and spices as the base

Category : Vegetarian, Curries

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By Lakshmi Ram Nair

Published On: 31 Aug 2013

Rating: 4
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30 Minutes
Served : 3
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Ingredients

  • You’d require:-
    A cup of Chickpeas (Kadala – Black or White)
    Half of a coconut
    1 large Onion
    A few Coconut chips (Thenga Khotthu)
    2 tbsp of Eastern Chicken Masala Powder
    1 tsp of Turmeric powder
    For seasoning:-
    1 tbsp of Oil
    1 tsp of Mustard seeds
    2 – 3 broken Dry red chillies
    A few Curry leaves
    You can use either Black Kadala (Desi Chana) or White Kadala (Kabuli Chana) for this recipe though I usually prefer Kabuli ones…. You can reduce the amount of coconut too if you are too bothered about the Cholesterol or the “C” factor… and avoid the inclusion of coconut chips as well. Now as for the usage of the readymade masala powder
    I gave it a try instead as I always used to get confused with the measurements of the coriander
    chilly powders etc…. However
    this masala mix definitely saves a lot of time and energy as you don’t have to sauté it along with coconut and moreover
    can move around with the measurements too accdg to your liking of spiciness.

Directions

Step 1

Soak the kadala in water overnight.

Step 2

Pressure cook the kadala along with the chopped onion, turmeric powder and salt.

Step 3


3)Meanwhile, fry the grated coconut in a kadai, till it turns brown.
:- Make sure it doesn¦t get burnt.

Step 4


4)Allow it to cool and grind it to a smooth paste in a mixer grinder.

Step 5


5)When the kadala is done, remove the lid of the cooker.

Step 6


6)Add the coconut paste and mix well.

Step 7


7)Add the masala powder, coconut pieces and salt if reqd, and mix well again. You can also mash the contents a bit with a ladle for a thicker consistency.

Step 8


8)Simmer for around 10 - 15 minutes.

Step 9


9)When the gravy starts to thicken, switch off the flame and remove from fire.

Step 10


10)Heat oil in another small frying pan.

Step 11


11)Splutter mustard seeds, sautT dry red chillies and curry leaves.

Step 12


12)Add the above seasoning into the kadala curry and mix well.

Step 13


So, you just got yourself a spicy kadala curry which can be made within minutes and that too without too much bothera. However, if you do not want to opt for the readymade masala powder and stick to the conventional method, u can dry roast coriander powder, chilly powder, garam masala powder and turmeric powder. In case of which, switch off the flame after frying the coconut and then add the powders. This is done to reduce the chances of burning the powders while frying on high flame. (A small tip for cooking novicesa :)

Step 14


And to conclude, a quick look at the nutrient aspects of Kadalaa. A good source of proteins and various minerals and being exceptionally high in dietary fiber, consumption of Kadala has proved to be very healthy. Accdg to study reports, it is also considered to be a good source of carbohydrates for those with insulin sensitivity or diabetes.

Step 15


So, for all Kadala hatersa. consider all the above time and health aspectsa do get a pack of Kadala today itself and include it to your max¦m in your cuisine as wella. and what better way to start offa than with my own instant, spicy and healthy recipe? :) Do try to include around 10 - 15 cooked chickpeas in your diet daily and make your life fit and healthy......

Step 16


So, on that healthy note, happy cooking!!!!

Notes :

Tasty and nutritious

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