Kadala Curry without Coconut


    Traditional breakfast side dish of Kerala

    Kadala curry is the traditional breakfast side dish of Kerala which is nostalgic food for we Malayalees. Puttu and kadala curry is a very popular breakfast item which we used to prepare once a week. This is a perfectly healthy food which is loaded with lots of protein. We can make kadala curry in many ways like without using coconut, with coconut, using roasted coconut etc…

    Kadala curry without coconut
    Kadala curry without coconut

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    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,greens chlllies and curry leaves. 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 becomes 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…

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    Comments (11)

    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 🙂

    5. posted by Akhil Suriyakiron on December 2, 2021

      But when did we add the green chillies?

      • posted by admin on December 2, 2021

        Hi Akhil, along with onion we need to add green chillies and curry leaves. Sorry I skipped that part. Thanks for highlighting it.

    6. posted by Arun Panicker on January 19, 2024

      Thanks Hygeena Shameer, I love to experiment with recipes, especially to have a great lunch with my kid. He loved the kadala curry, this one because it was made without adding any coconut. I read the comments, and improvised with green chilli and the garam masala. Once again, many thanks for the great effort. Keep cooking, keep inspiring.

      • posted by admin on January 22, 2024

        Thanks a lot Arun. Its great to hear from you 🙂


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