Kadala Curry without Coconut

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Kadala Curry

Traditional breakfast side dish of Kerala

Puttu and kadala curry is the very popular traditional dish of kerala. We can make kadala curry in many ways like without using coconut,by grinding coconut,by using roasted coconut etc… I have already posted some healthy recipes with kadala like Nadan varutharacha kadala curry (blackgram with roasted coconut),Koottu curry with kadala and chena,Kadala curry with coconut,Vegetarian shammi kabab (black chana cutlet). Hope you all will like this recipes.

How to make Kadala Curry without Coconut



  • 2 cups of Gram(Kadala soaked in water for 6-8 hours)
  • 1 large Onion
  • 3 medium sized Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. of Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2-3 Green Chillies
  • 1/4 tsp. of Turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp. of Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp. of Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp. of Mustard Seeds
  • 2 springs of Curry Leaves
  • Oil for Seasoning
  • Salt as per taste


Step 01

Pressure cook gram/kadala with salt for 10 min. Keep aside.

Step 02

Heat oil in a pan,splutter mustard seeds.

Step 03

Add chopped onion,saute well.

Step 04

When onion get fried,add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes off.

Step 05

Add chopped tomato. Once the tomato become mushy,add chilli powder,turmeric powder and coriander powder. Stir well for 1 minute.

Step 06

Add cooked gram along with the stock and mix well. Add water if needed. Sprinkle garam masala, close lid and cook for 5 min.

Step 07

Serve hot with puttu,appam etc…

kerala style kadala curry

Comments (7)

  1. posted by jeyan on February 4, 2012

    wow really superb!!!friends u too try tis and make a nice dish!!!

  2. posted by resheeda ameen on October 29, 2016

    is it half cup or two cups..for two cups are the coriander and chily powder enough?????????????

    • posted by Hygeena Shameer on December 13, 2016

      Hi resheeda,its 2 cup of black gram I took and chilli powder 3/4 spn. and coriander powder 1/2 spoon. You can change the spice level as per your wish

  3. posted by Murali on November 2, 2017

    You have mentioned to pressure cook for 10 min. How many whistles and whether low, medium or high flame. Sorry, I am a bachelor.

    • posted by Shameer Mohammed on December 11, 2017

      Hi Murali, Medium flame around 6-7 whistles. Feel free to ask your queries. I am always happy to help you. Also will update in recipe. Thanks for the suggestion.

  4. posted by Sami on December 21, 2019

    When is garam.masala added? Ingredients list has garam masala

    • posted by Shameer Mohammed on January 25, 2020

      Hi Sami, Adding garam masala in the final step will give nice aroma to the curry. You can also add garam masala along with the spices.
      Sorry I missed that part. Update it in the post.. Thanks a lot 🙂


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