Kadala Masala / Black Chickpeas Masala


1 1/2 cup kadala /black chickpeas
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 cup thengakothu/ coconut slices
2 onions, chopped
1 tbsp chilli powder
1-1 1/2 tsp pepper powder
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
oil as required


  1. Soak kadala/ chickpeas in water for 5-6 hours or overnight and then pressure cook it with turmeric powder, coconut slices and salt adding enough water. 
  2. In a bowl, mix chilli powder, pepper powder and garam masala with little chickpeas cooked water to a smooth paste and keep it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add chopped onions and saute well till transparent.
  4. Add the masala paste (step 2) to this and saute well till the raw smell disappears.
  5. Then add the drained kadala and mix well till the masala is well coated with the kadala.
  6. Adjust the salt and spice level. Add curry leaves and mix well. Switch off the flame and serve as a side dish..

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