KADALAI CURRY /BLACK CHICKPEAS CURRY





This is one of my mother-in-law’s preparations. She had learnt this from their family friend, who is from Kerala. My father-in-law and mother-in-law still fondly remember of the days they had spent with their friends and the vacations they had gone together. I like this particular curry since this is not too spicy and has a different flavor and taste compared to the usual channa masala or the black chickpeas masala I make. This also does not have a lot of masalas. If you are bored with the regular channa masala and looking for something different, then this is your dish. We all love this black chickpeas curry with puris.

INGREDIENTS
1. Black chickpeas, 1-1/2 cup (soaked overnight or for 8 hours).
2. Onion, medium size, 1.
3. Curry leaves, a sprig.
4. Salt as per taste.
5. Dried red chilies, 2.
6. Ginger-garlic paste, 1 teaspoon.

To roast and grind:
1. Channa dhal, 1 tablespoon.
2. Coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon.
3. Peppercorns, ¼ teaspoon.
4. Cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon.
5. Dried red chilies, 4-6 depending on spice level. (I have used the less spicier long variety).
6. Peeled small onions, 4.
7. Grated coconut, 1 tablespoon.

PREPARATION:
Cook the soaked chickpeas with some salt and keep aside. I used a pressure cooker for up to 3 whistles to cook the chickpeas. Dice the onion finely. Roast the channa dhal, coriander seeds, peppercorns, cumin seeds, red chilies, grated coconut(until it changes to brown color) one by one and add the small onions in the end. Sauté for a few minutes until the onions turn translucent and let the mixture cool. Once cooled, grind it into a smooth paste. Heat a pan with a tablespoon of oil. Once the oil is hot, break the dried red chiles, and curry leaves into it and fry for a few seconds. Add the diced onions and sauté for a few minutes until the onions turn brown. Then add the ground paste, along with the cooked chickpeas, salt, and enough water to immerse the whole mixture. Let it cook for 10-15 minutes until the desired thickness is reached. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with rice, chappathis, idlis, dosas, or appams.

33 comments:

Priti said...

Looks yum...love this...

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

delicious curry,luks yum...

Suja said...

Healthy and delicious curry..looks so good

Priya said...

Inviting kadala curry, i can have it with anything..

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Super authentic preparation... yummy kadala..

Jen said...

This looks so delicious!

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

One of my favorite curry..Looks so delicious !!

Aarthi said...

sounds good

Mom Chef said...

Looks good, and I love this with Puris, anytime !!

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San said...

It makes perfect combo with poori gita, wonderful curry.

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Caucasian Curry said...

Love the blog, just found it tonight as I searched for a chickpea recipe that is suitable for a diabetic. I scored twice… great chickpea recipes and other diabetic friendly Indian dishes. I am type 2 but my husband is Indian! Thanks!

Shri said...

Delicious, Gita

SpicyTasty said...

That's a wonderful curry. Perfect for puttu.

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Now Serving said...

Kadalai curry looks Awesome and delicious!

Deeksha said...

Curry looks absolutely yum!

Sensible Vegetarian said...

I was looking at this kadala curry and didn't know how I landed on the other post and left a comment. This curry is one of my fav and yours look delicious.

Vaishali said...

Gita, I always have the brown chickpeas on hand, and I always love getting a good recipe for those. Yours sounds so delicious.
How have you been? You must be busy with the kids, but I hope we'll have a chance to get together some day soon. :)

Lipsy said...

WOw this is my fave combo of all times...I even add Potaoes and make the dry version sometimes...which is equally yummy!!1

simply.food said...

Delicious and healthy.

Jay said...

wow...lipsmacking combo Gita..:)
Tasty Appetite

Chitra said...

Delicious curry. love to have with puttu :)

NiVi said...

Hi .. your dish is very nice.. perfect combo for rice ,roti...

NiVi said...

looks yummy... perfect combo for rice and roti...

NiVi said...

yummy curry.. got combo with rice and roti.. i am your new follower...

Pets-Kids Photography said...

Hi Gita. Yummy recipe! I love Indian food. I love how your recipes are on the healthy side. I have a lot of friends who are diabetic. Even though I am not, I am trying to lose weight and drop my carbs intake to be more healthy myself. Great recipe!

Jay said...

lipsmacking good..
Am your happy follower now..:)
do stop by mine sometime.
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maha said...

Just looks awesome......very nice pics..... yum n delicious!

halal foodie said...

looks delicious, esp with the puris ...yum

hemalata said...

Yummy curry, looks so inviting.

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foodporn said...

hello Gita
I tried this yesterday ! It works!
My family like the black chickpeas curry so much! Thank you for making me look like a professional cooker. :)
Hey, do you mind submitting your kadalai curry/black chickpeas curry photos to http://www.foodporn.net to make others hungry?
You know it’s fun to do that. LOL. Hey, probably they would do this recipe too. :)
XOXO~