Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Kondakadalai Pirattal - Chana Dry Curry Recipe

Kondakadalai Pirattal Recipe
I was browsing jacobs cookbook the other day and I saw this recipe...kondakadalai pirattal sounded interesting so right away I tried it. I loved the aroma and flavour of the curry and to my surprise the lil one loved it and asked for second serving which is very rare so I can approve this recipe as kid friendly too.... :) just that adjust spicelevel according to your preference. We had drumstick sambar,rice, chana curry and mango patchadi .
Its a special day today....Its been 4 yrs...Still each day is new and fresh with you around....which makes me feel life is worth living each minute!! You understand even my silence, you are my best friend for life, my little doll....You are a blessing and 19-06-2009 will always remain special to us....Happy Birthday Mittu! :)
Kondakadalai Pirattal Recipe

Chana Dry Curry Recipe - Ingredients

Channa - 1 cup
Onion - 1 chopped finely
Tomato puree - from 1 tomato
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 3 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Red Chillies - 1 broken
Curry leaves - 1 small sprig

To roast and grind to a powder :

Pepper - 3/4 tsp
Cinnamon - 1/4 inch piece

To grind :

Coconut - 4 tbsp
Small onion - 5
Coriander seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 4 cloves


  1. Soak chana overnight and pressure cook along with a pinch of turmeric powder for 5-6 whistles or until soft,reserve the cooked water.Set aside. Roast pepper and cinnamon for 2mins then grind it to a fine powder - I used my hand mortar and pestle.Kondakadalai Pirattal Recipe - Step1
  2. Grind the ingredients listed under 'to grind to a paste' to a semi fine paste,Set aside. Heat oil in a kadai - add the ingredients listed under 'to temper' let it splutter.Kondakadalai Pirattal Recipe - Step2
  3. Then add onion and fry till golden brown then tomato puree along with red chilli and coriander powder. Mix well and saute till raw smell of tomato leaves.Kondakadalai Pirattal Recipe - Step3
  4. Now add the coconut paste, saute well then add 1/4 cup water and allow it to boil. Add half of the toast and ground powder,reserve the other half to be added at the last stage.Add required salt.Kondakadalai Pirattal Recipe - Step4
  5. Add chana along with cooked water. Mix well. Add the other half of roast and ground powder and keep cooking and switch of when it becomes a dry curry. If you want to make it for poori or chapathi you can  make it gravy kind.
    Kondakadalai Pirattal Recipe - Step5
Serve with hot steamed rice. It goes well even with chapathi and poori.Chana Dry Curry Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can make this with brown chana too...actually the orginal recipe called for brown chana variety only.
  • You can even grind 5 cashews along with other ingredients as mentioned in the orginal recipe.
  • If you want to serve it for poori or chapathi, you can make it gravy kind and switch off at that time.I served it as a sidedish for rice so made it as a dry curry.
Chana Dry Curry Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. similar to sundal.. Looks yummy and healthy

  2. Looks very delicious and inviting.

  3. "Happy birthday" to dear Mittu! Yummy looking dry curry too!

  4. Cant wait to make some,inviting and flavourful pirattal.

  5. happy bday to dear mittu :) channa piratal is too good !

  6. Happy birthday dear mittu kutty. Good presentation

  7. This is how my mom makes & we used to love it. Its called as sukey in konkani. Your pics look lovely & very tempted to make one soon.

  8. Happy birthday sure mamma will have cake in her store for big day

  9. spicy and yummy chickpeas dry curry...would like to try this soon..

  10. Birthday greetings for your little girl! Chana look super!

  11. Happy b'day to mittu :) dry curry looks super delicious and very healthy one :)

  12. low how this dish looks and sounds. also love that aluminium kadai of yours. very cute.

    1. Thank you Nags...Its a indalium kadai :)

  13. Hi Sharmilee,

    The coconut in the recipe is the dry coconut (khobra) or the scraped one which we use directly after breaking the coconut?


  14. instead of tomato puree can we use tomatoes

    1. Yes you can use roughly cubed tomatoes....

  15. kondakalai pirattal was yummy. i did not get the color like you but mine was little bit orangish shade.i think i got this color bcoz i used tomatoes.i think if i use puree i will get the color like yours


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