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kadala curry recipe

Nadan Kadala Curry Kerala style 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
soaking chickpeas6 hrs
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala cuisine
Keyword: popular recipes of kerala, popular south indian recipe, side dish for appam, south indian curry
Servings: 4 people
Author: Jinoo Jayakrishnan
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to roast and grind

  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup small onions
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1/8 cup coconut

for curry

  • 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 no greeen chilli - finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger - finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions - finely chopped
  • 1 large tomatoes - finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas black - soaked overnight
  • 1 large potato - chopped
  • 2.5 cups water
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2-3 tbsp sliced small onions
  • salt for frying
  • 1 sprig curry leaves - broken
  • 1 no red chilli - broken


to roast and grind

  • heat oil and add shallots, garlic and roast in medium flame until brown. 
  • further add coriander powder, chilli powder and coconut pieces. mix well. 
  • cool and grind it to a smooth paste. 

to make curry

  • take a pressure cooker and heat coconut oil in it. 
  • crackle mustard seeds. add chopped ginger, chopped green chilli, curry leaves and chopped onions. 
  • fry until onions are brown. 
  • add chopped tomatoes to this and fry in medium heat until mushy. 
  • now add the soaked chickpeas along with potato, prepared masala, salt, turmeric powder and 2-2.5 cups water. 
  • pressure cook for 5-6 whistles or until it softens. 
  • tempering: heat oil in another pan and add sliced onions, curry leaves and red chilli. fry until reddish. 
  • add the tempering to the curry along with chopped coriander leaves and mix well. mash it slightly. 
  • serve hot with puttu/rice/dosa/idli/appam.