Chickpea | Kadala Curry

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When it comes to Indian Cuisine such as curry, the essence of the entire dish lies in the masala (mixture of ground spices). A delicious curry can be made from any vegetable or meat when combined with the perfect masala.

Looking at the main ingredient here, we got chickpeas. They are a type of legume and have various health benefits. Easily available in your local grocery/ food stores, found in canned containers. They are nutritious and helps in preventing numerous health conditions like diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol, among others.

The chickpeas curry specifically originating from south India where it is called ‘kadala’ curry. It is a famous and staple food that brings together a fusion of taste and nourishment.

As for the other ingredients and the masala, we have an exciting mixture of healthy spices like ginger garlic paste, green chili, turmeric & coconut. Follow along the steps to prepare your own ‘kadala’ curry at home and have a lip-smacking experience. 

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Chickpea Curry

Recipe by Amu MCourse: Main CourseCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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The recipe we show here is very rich in flavor and medium-high spicy, which would go perfectly with the Puttu or Appam.


  • 2 Cup Chickpea Soaked

  • 1+1/2 Cup Onions Sliced

  • 1 Cup Tomatoes Diced

  • 1 Tbsp Ginger paste

  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Paste

  • 3 pc Green chili Chopped

  • 1 Tsp Turmeric powder

  • 2 Tsp Salt

  • 3 Tbsp Cooking oil

  • 4 Tsp Coconut Grated

  • 1 Cup Coconut Grated

  • 2 Tbsp Kashmiri red chili powder

  • 3 Tbsp Cooking oil

  • 1 Tbsp Coriander powder

  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder

  • 1 pc Onion Sliced

  • 6 pc Green cardamom

  • 2-inch Cinnamon stick

  • 6 pc Cloves

  • 1 Tsp Fennel seeds

  • 3 Tbsp Cooking oil

  • 2 pc Dry red chili

  • 1/2 pc Onion Sliced

  • 1 handful Curry leaves

  • 1 Tsp Cumin seeds


  • In a heating pressure cooker add cooking oil 3 tbsp, ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp, green chilies sliced 3 pc, and stir all of the ingredients for 1-2 minutes.
  • Then, add grated coconut 4 tsp and add sliced onion 1+1/2 cup. Mix it well.
  • Add salt 2 tsp, add tomatoes diced 1 cup, turmeric powder 1 tsp and black chickpeas (overnight soaked) 2 cups. Mix the chickpea & masala properly.
  • After, add water to 3 cups and stir it well. Cover and let it cook till – after 1st whistle keeps cooking for 15 minutes on medium to high flame – after, open and check the cooked chickpeas. Transfer the cooked chickpeas to a cooking pot and keep them aside.
  • In a heating frying pan add cooking oil 3 tbsp, add cloves 6 pc, green cardamom 6 pc, cinnamon stick 1/2 inch, and onion sliced 1 medium size – stir the mixture.
  • Now, add grated coconut 1 cup – stir and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add fennel seeds 1 tsp, turmeric powder 1/4 tsp, coriander powder 1 tbsp, Kashmiri red chili powder 2 tbsp – stir everything well & fry for 4-5 minutes.
  • Once fried, let it cool before transferring the mixture into a blender.
  • Add water 1 cup and blend the mixture into a puree. Transfer the blended puree into the chickpea curry prepared earlier and add salt 1 tsp to it – stir well.
  • In a heating pan add cooking oil 3 tbsp, cumin seeds 1 tsp, chopped onion 1/4 cup, dry red chilies 2 pc, and curry leaves 1 handful.
  • Stir the tempering and let it fry for 2-3 minutes. Once, the tempering is ready add it to the chickpea curry.
  • The tasty chickpea | Kadala curry is ready! serve it hot with rice or appam.

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  • Instead of transferring the chickpea from the pressure cooker to the cooking pot, you could continue cooking in the pressure cooker itself according to convenience.
  • Frozen grated coconut and dry curry leaves can also be used instead of fresh ones.
  • Adjust the salt level according to your taste.

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6 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 29.7g 46%
    • Saturated Fat 6.7g 34%
  • Sodium 832mg 35%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 949mg 28%
  • Total Carbohydrate 62.3g 21%
    • Dietary Fiber 20g 80%
    • Sugars 13g
  • Protein 15.2g 31%
  • Calcium 10%
  • Iron 46%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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