How to make Kadla Curry -

Whole chana cooked in a spicy coconut gravy - a popular Kerala dish.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Bengal gram (chana) (चना), Scraped coconut (कसा हुआ नारियल)

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Kadla Curry

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The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Kadla Curry Recipe

  • Bengal gram (chana) soaked overnight and pressure cooked till soft 1 1/2 cups

  • Scraped coconut 1/2 cups

  • Onion 2 large

  • Coriander seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Dried red chillies 4

  • Curry leaves 20-24

  • Garlic 4-5 cloves

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a shallow non stick pan. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a deep non stick pan.Slice 1 onion. Add coriander seeds, red chilies, 10-12 curry leaves and onion to the shallow pan and sauté. Add garlic and coconut and sauté till lightly coloured and fragrant.

Step 2

Chop the other onion. Add the remaining curry leaves to the deep pan along with onion and sauté.Transfer the sautéed spices into a mixer jar and let it cool slightly.When the onion in the deep pan gets lightly coloured, add chana along with the water in which it was cooked.

Step 3

Add a little water to the mixer jar and grind till smooth. Add this masala to the chana and mix.Add red chilli powder and adjust salt. Cook till the curry thickens slightly.Serve hot with appam.

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