Chick peas ….. Well known as Kala Channa or kadala or nalla senagalu in Telugu and also well known as desi channa in India. This small nice brown colored Legume is a very good source of protein for vegetarian s and also very high in dietary fiber, very low in fat. In Andhra we use these black chick peas as a type of salad but in other parts of India people make so many delicious recipes with these chick peas. In that list this Kadala curry from Kerala is very famous as a side dish for Puttu or Aappam in the breakfast and here I go with the recipe….. Traditional KADALA CURRY…….
Kadala (black chana) ---1 cup
Onions--- 2 nos
Clove--- 4 nos
Cinnamon stick-- 2 inch piece
Small onion--- 5 nos
Garlic chopped--- 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder ---1 tsp
Coriander powder--- 2 tsp
Turmeric powder--- 1/4 tsp
Grated coconut--- 1/2 cup
Curry leaves a few
Salt to taste
coconut oil – 1 tab sp
1. Wash and Soak Kadala (black chana) overnight.
2. Cook in a pressure cooker, for 4 whistles.
3. Heat oil in a pan. Add cinnamon, clove and then add grated coconut and fry till coconut turns to brown in color.
4. Add small onion, garlic chopped, chilly powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder.
5. Allow it to cool and grind to a fine paste.
6.Heat oil in a pan.
7. Add sliced onion, and fry, till the onions turn brown.
8. Add few curry leaves and the grind masala and fry.
9. Then add cooked Kadala with water.
10 Let it boil, till the gravy becomes thick.
11. Serve hot with puttu.or Appam even this will go very well with plain rice or pulao (plain)