Easy Kadala Curry / Black Chickpeas Curry


1 cup kadala / black chickpeas
1 big onion, chopped
6-8 shallots, sliced
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 1/2-2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
3/4 tsp garam masala
1 cup medium thick coconut milk
1 tsp mustard seeds
3 dry red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Soak kadala / chickpeas in water for 5-6 hours or overnight.
  2. In a pressure cooker, add drained kadala, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and salt and cook it adding 1 cup of water for 1 whistle at high flame. Then reduce the flame and cook for 2 whistles.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds and add dry red chillies and curry leaves.
  4. Add shallots and saute well. Add chopped onion and saute well till light brown.
  5. Now reduce the flame to low and add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and garam masala and mix well.
  6. Then add the cooked kadala along with gravy and mix well. Adjust the salt and boil well at low flame.
  7. Add coconut milk into this and mix well and adjust water and cook at low flame until gravy thickens.
  8. Add chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Switch off the flame and serve with puttu / appam / idiyappam etc…

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