Kerala Black Chikpea Curry

Puttu and Kadala is the most famous favourite breakfast for a Keralite. There are several ways to prepare this very famous curry, it purely depends upon how you have grown having this. This is my amma's recipe, she makes this in two different ways and we just enjoy having it; personally im not a great fan of  Puttu and Kadala Curry combo, i prefer & at the same time love to have it with Idly.

Kerala Kadala Curry

1 cup Kadala / Black Channa ( soaked overnight )
1 1/2 big Onion ( sliced )
5-6 Pearl Onion / Small Onion ( halved )
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Mustard
2 -3 Dried Red Chilies
Curry Leaves
Salt to tatse

Roast and Grind:
1 cup Grated Coconut
1 1/2 tbsp Coriander powder
1 1/2 tsp Red chili powder ( adjust accordingly )
1 Star anise petal
1 Cinnamon Stick
5-6 Whole Pepper Corns
2 Cloves


  • Pressure cook the Channa with 1/2 of the sliced Onion, 1/4 tsp Turmeric and Salt, and reserve the water.
  • In a Kadai dry roast grated coconut until brown, then adding  whole spices and powder roast it.
  • Grind it to a smooth paste and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a Kadai and pop Mustard, Dry Red Chili and Curry Leaves.
  • Saute Onion, until translucent, add in the boiled Channa with the Onion, turmeric powder, ground paste, garam masala add in the reserved water as per your gravy thickness and let it boil.
  • Add in the pearl onions, check for salt. and cook untill done.
  • Serve with Puttu , Idly , Appam


  1. Kept your word priya - you posted! totally different version. i never knew some garam masala combos like cinnamon,pepper etc are added along while grinding coconut. i am going to try this soon and sure will let you know.

  2. Love it any time, healthy and filling too. Please check my blog for tasty cup cake with cream cheese frosting.


  3. looks yum... puttum kadalayum is always a classic combination...

  4. So mouthwatering. Frankly I never had any peas curry before. Looks so appetizing!

  5. Puttu with kadala one of my family favorite breakfast. looks yum

  6. Nice chole masala...tempting dear...

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  10. Black chickpea curry looks delicious.

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