Kadala curry (Black chickpeas curry). With black chickpeas cooked in rich coconut sauce, this curry is an absolute game changer. Without a doubt, it’s the perfect side dish for a meat-free meal!
When it comes to healthy eating, the first thing that pops up in my mind is obviously lentils, legumes and pulses. There’s nothing I love more than indulging in a healthy meal that doesn’t compromise on the taste. Moreover, I love to cook with legumes and pulses – they taste absolutely delicious. Best of all, there’s no chopping involved.
There are a few varieties of chickpeas, and the black or brown variety that makes for the core ingredient in this recipe is highly nutritious as well as delicious. I regularly use both white and black chickpeas in my everyday cooking. And this kadala curry or black chickpeas curry is one of my absolute favorite ways to enjoy them.
The word “kadala” translates to black chickpeas (also called kala chana or desi chana), and it’s the most common type of chickpeas used in traditional Kerala cuisine. The cooking method is very similar to white chickpeas. I usually soak them for about 8-10 hours, and cook in a pressure cooker for about 2 whistles. You can also cook them on stovetop until tender.
Traditionally, this kadala curry (black chickpeas curry) is all about rich coconut sauce made with roasted coconut, shallots (small red onions), red chilies, coriander seeds and garlic. The roasted coconut is then transferred to the food processor to make a smooth paste.
To make the curry, splutter mustard seeds in some oil, and brown sliced onions. I love the texture of bits of coconut slices in the curry. If you don’t like them, leave them out. These are totally optional.
Although you’ve already added coriander seeds to the coconut paste, addition of more spices like ground turmeric, ground coriander, garam masala and red chili powder will enhance the flavor of the dish.
At this stage, coconut paste also goes into the kadala curry. Just give it a quick stir fry before adding the cooked chickpeas. Heat through and your delicious curry is ready.
More chickpea recipes:
- Chana Masala (Chickpea Masala)
- Vegan Chickpea Korma
- Sweet Potato chickpea Curry
- Chana Chaat
- Chickpea Burger
- Besan Chilla (Chickpea Pancakes)
- Mysore Pak (Chickpea Fudge)
- Boondi Ladoo