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Kadala Curry


25 min

Kadala Curry

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25 min


4 persons




5.00 rating-star (1)

Author: Monica Feluchi

You are welcome to cook another Indian dish called “Kadala Curry”. It involves lots of ingredients and takes some time to cook. The result, however, will be worth your effort and time!  The dish is spicy, aromatic and very delicious! It can easily become the highlight of your festive table, but it is also a nice choice for your everyday family supper!


  • chickpea: 1 cup (soak overnight, then boil with salt and turmeric)
  • coconut milk: 1 cup
  • onion: 1 piece (sliced)
  • ginger: 1 Tbsp (grated)
  • garlic: 1 Tbsp (grated)
  • green chili pepper: 1 piece (sliced)
  • curry: 1 bunch (leaves)
  • tomatoes: 2 piece (sliced)
  • turmeric powder: 0.25 tsp
  • dry red chili: 0.5 Tbsp
  • oil: 3 Tbsp
  • shallot: 6 piece
  • coconut: 3 Tbsp (grated)
  • cumin seeds: 0.5 Tbsp
  • coriander seeds: 0.5 Tbsp
  • cinnamon sticks: 0.5 piece (inch)
  • clove: 2 piece
  • peppercorn: 4 piece
  • poppy seeds: 0.5 Tbsp
  • fennel seeds: 0.5 Tbsp

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Stages of cooking

  1. Mix and roast shallot, coconut, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorn, poppy seeds, fennel seeds and one tomato. Then grind the ingredients well to get smooth and aromatic mixture.  

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  2. Heat the frying pan. Add onion and start frying it on small fire.

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  3. Then add garlic and ginger. Sauté the ingredients well for a couple of minutes.

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  4. Add curry leaves, green chili pepper and keep frying and stirring the ingredients.

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  5. Now, it is high time to add sliced tomato. Sauté it until it becomes soft.


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  6. Then add boiled chickpea, turmeric powder and red chili pepper. Mix the ingredients once again.

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  7. Now, add the spicy mixture you have cooked in the first step.

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  8. As soon as the bubbles on the mixture disappear, pour coconut milk. Add one more pinch of salt. Mix the dish one more time.

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  9. Keep boiling the dish for several minutes. Then take the pan off fire and serve your Kadala curry hot! Bon appétit!



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History of the Kadala Curry:

Kadala Curry is a traditional dish from Kerala, a state in the southwestern region of India. Kadala is the Malayalam word for chickpea, which is the main ingredient in this curry. Kerala cuisine is known for its bold flavors, and Kadala Curry is no exception. It is a spicy and aromatic dish that is enjoyed with appam, a type of rice pancake, or with steamed rice.

Tips and Tricks for Kadala Curry Recipe:

To make a delicious Kadala Curry, it is important to ensure that the chickpeas are soft and well-cooked. Soaking them overnight and boiling them with salt and turmeric powder is the key to achieving this. The spice mix that is roasted and ground is the heart of this recipe, so take your time with it to get the best flavor. Another important tip is to let the dish simmer for a few minutes after adding the coconut milk, to allow the flavors to meld together.

Tips for Presenting the Dish:

Kadala Curry is a beautiful and colorful dish, with the bright red of the tomato and the green of the curry leaves standing out against the creaminess of the coconut milk. Garnish it with some fresh coriander leaves, and serve it in a bowl with some steamed rice or appam. This dish is perfect for a family dinner, or as part of a larger meal for a special occasion.

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