Chiratta Puttu and Kadala Curry: Steamed Rice Flour and Coconut Cake Served with a Black Chickpea Curry
Kerala's Famous Kadala Curry (No Onion, No Garlic Version)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Soaking Time
6 hrs
Total Time
45 mins

This is the recipe for Kerala's Famous Kadala Curry which is served with Puttu. This version of Kadala Curry uses no onion and no garlic.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala
Keyword: Kadala Curry, Kerala Black Chickpea Curry, No Onion No Garlic Kadala Curry
Servings: 4 People
Author: Aruna
  • 1/2 Cup Kadala, Black Chickpeas (~100 gms)
For Masala
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Coconut
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper Corns
  • 2" Piece Cinnamon
  • 4 to 6 Cloves
  • 1 Petal Star Anise
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
For Tempering
  • 2 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 Red Chillies
  • 2 Green Chillies, Vertically Sliced
  • 6 to 8 Curry Leaves
Other Ingredients
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • Salt to Taste
Cooking the Kadala
  1. Wash the black chickpeas well and soak them in 2 cups water for at least six hours. 

  2. Drain all the water and add 3/4 cup fresh water.

  3. Pressure cook for 3 whistles.

  4. Set aside.

Making the Masala
  1. Over medium flame, heat the coconut oil.

  2. Add coriander seeds, pepper corns, fennel, star anise, cinnamon and cloves. 

  3. Stir-fry for 2 minutes or till aromatic.

  4. Add coconut and stir-fry till coconut changes colour to golden brown.

  5. Let the mix cool and then grind with a little water to a fine paste. I use the water in which the chickpeas are cooked while grinding.

Making the Kadala Curry
  1. In a kadai, heat 2 tsp oil.

  2. Add the mustard seeds and wait till they crackle.

  3. Add red chillies, green chillies and curry leaves.

  4. Stir-fry for a few seconds.

  5. Add the cooked chick peas with the water, red chilli powder, turmeric and salt.

  6. Mix well and let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

  7. Add the ground masala and mix well.

  8. Simmer for 5 minutes.

  9. Take off the heat, cover and let it rest for 5 minutes.

  10. Serve the Kadala Curry with Puttu or Chapati.