Monday, August 5, 2013

Kadala Curry Recipe - Kerala Style Puttu Kadala Curry

Kerala Kadala Curry Recipe
Puttu Kadala curry is one of my ever favorite Kerala breakfast recipes. I have already posted a version of kadala curry earlier but my search for a perfect Kerala Kadala Curry recipe which comes close to the one tasted at Alleppey finally ends here.Yes I have tried many versions and when I was on a casual talk with my friend who is from Kerala, she gave me this recipe and it came out pretty close to the one I tasted at Kerala so this is going to be my keeper.

There are certain times in life when silly things rule over you...the same thing happened to me few weeks back...A small issue with the site broke me into pieces....I stressed myself working without sleep,reduced my intakes thinking of the issue all the time...everything else took a mind was totally paralysed.......Still the issue has not yet resolved but the incident made me realise nothing is worth it when compared to our health, happiness and family.

I didnt expect someone to fix the issue but that motivation factor, a small pat on the back....a back voice whispering everything is soon going to be ok....even if doesnt dont worry that is not the end at all....those words were much needed at that time and am happy I have few friends who are there for me with me whenever I needed them.

Wish me good luck ya will you?! :) Now lets get on to the recipe.....
Kerala Kadala Curry with Puttu

Kerala Kadala Curry Recipe

Preparation Time : 15 minutes + soaked overnight | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: Kerala

Black Channa - 3/4 cup
Small Onion - 5
Tomatoes - 2 medium sized chopped roughly
Red Chilli powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1.5 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

To roast and grind:

Coconut - 1/2 cup
Red Chillies - 2
Coriander seeds -1 tbsp

To Temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a sprig
Small Onion - 5 (optional)
Jeera - 1/2 tsp


  1. Soak black channa overnight and pressure cook for 6-7 whistles or until soft.Dont drain water, set aside.In a pressure cooker heat oil add tomatoes and onions, fry till mushy and raw smell of toamtoes leave.Then add red chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala powders.Kadala Curry Recipe - Step1
  2. Fry till raw smell of spice powders leave, add required salt then add channa along with water and pressure cook for 1 whistle(this step is purely optional) - but I recommend doing so as it makes the channa soft and blend with the masalas well. Heat a pan and add the ingredients listed under 'to roast & grind'.Kadala Curry Recipe - Step2
  3. Roast till nicely browned to a darker shade.Then transfer it to a mixer,add little water and grind to a smooth paste.Kadala Curry Recipe - Step3
  4. Add the paste to the gravy (add water it its too thick)and let it boil for 3mins. Then heat oil in a tadka pan - add the items listed under 'to temper' let it splutter.Fry till onions turn golden brown.Kadala Curry Recipe - Step4
  5. Add the tadka to the gravy  - I transferred it to the pan at this stage as I needed my pressure cooker for making the puttu :). Adjust salt....Allow it to boil till the curry thickens to the desired consistency.Switch it off.Kadala Curry Recipe - Step5
Serve hot with puttu, the best combination or with appams.
Puttu Kadala Curry - Kerala Style

My Notes:

  • Make sure you dry roast the ingredients listed to nice dark brown.
  • You can even skip small onion while tempering.
  • Pressure cooking chana along with the masala gives a great blend and flavour too.But if you dont prefer pressure cooking then allow it  to boil for 5mins then go to the next step.
  • Adding coconut milk at the final stage gives a great flavour.
  • Instead of garam masala you can even roast and grind whole spices(cinnamon,cloves,cardamom) along with coconut.
Puttu Kadala Curry Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. sharmi ! feel bad that u took the issue so seriously ! Life has up and down Do not worry ! if something comes down Be happy because u are going to learn ! as well as u are going to get a good thing ! Life has to go on right ? health , happiness and family are our priority ! Pls Come back with Bang ! i am sure and wish and pray for your all good things ! Hugs !

  2. This looks so yum, i have never tried this combo.Should try soon.

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  4. looks so yum! I love this.. Nothing more important than family and health.. All is well! Whatever happens is good for us.. Everything will be back to normal soon.. All the best.. take your time to settle the issues.. Take care

  5. All your recipes are great and I learnt so many recipes from you more than from my mother. I really appreciate your dedication towards cooking and wish to continue many years. Thanks a lot.....

  6. U know what... Cooking should be in such a way that ,it inspires others to cook. Ur cooking with the lovely presentation and clicks will inspire anyone to cook... Great work....!!.. luv ur blog...

    1. U r correct.I was inspired by my mother-in-law and inspired many if my friends.

  7. Love to finish that whole plate rite now,irresistible curry too.

  8. lovely recipe..very tempting... Every problem has its own solution...relax first and then think about the will definitely get right is to enjoy not to feel about

  9. Heyyy Sharmi..I am a puttu kadala fan myself..n ur pics look AWESONE..n dont worry..whatever issues u have with ur site..will get ok soon..coz u r doing a great deal of good and hard work neither can we nor can u afford to see any damage happening to his wonderful blog..GOOD LUCK..GOOD GOING..CHEEEEEERS!!!!!!!

  10. Putti pappadam mandala curry is a great combination which my husband likes a lot. Nice snaps Sharmi...

  11. Sharmi, this blog is important, but not as important as your peace. This problem you face too shall pass. So hang in there.

  12. hello sharmi....hope u find a solution to ur problem.......u have a great blog....keep going....:)

  13. Everything are passing clouds... life wil be back to normal soon. dont worry. TC.. This combo is my favorite... missing it

  14. At my in-laws place in North Kerala, they prepare the kadala curry this way. And we have along with neer dosa...Just feel like making this soon..thanks for this recipe
    long way to go lady...u always get motivated over keep posting...god bless

  15. Oh my god..I was searching for good kadala curry since a year....finally I got it.Thank u soo much akka for dis wonderful receipe.will gve a try soon.
    Akka dont worry for anything,If some things wont work means,it is d tym for rest.I usually think like dis....funnyyy?
    Just b cool akka,everythng will b alright.
    I love the way of ur cooking and presentations....u always rockssssssss

    1. Hope to see your next post coming up soon with the message saying that the issue is resolved.. Good Luck Sharmi !!

  16. Love the deep reddish colour of the curry. Lovely pictures :)
    I have said this to you personally, still, dont worry its gonna work :)

  17. Wow akka! Beautiful click! I just want to take that away and run! :P
    Will surely try this! You are my inspiration, to start a blog as well as to cook! :)


  18. Kamal says in Vettayadu Villayadu "Everything will be fine tomorrow. That's what I tell myself everyday." I love that dialogue. Keep the faith. Such hard work and dedication never fails. Wish you good luck in all your efforts.

    1. but what happened to Sharmi..plz can somebody share..

    2. Swapna, nothing serious just a small issue with a site made me go I am ok :)

    3. ok dont worry ,be happy and share us ur mouthwatering dishes...

  19. I tried this out today and it turned out to be perfect.. I can proudly say "this is the best kadala curry i ever made". Thanks for the wonderful recipe.. The picture is so appetizing!! :)

  20. agreed with nanthini ! picture perfect recipe ! wow

    anyway was wondering do you guys know that puttu maker is now available online too.


    do check them out..

  21. your mode of presentation is superb with step by step pics

  22. thank u so much for this recipe. the step by step pictures really help!

  23. Sharmi, your recipes are great! Good job

  24. made this y'day and it was awesome. thank you for sharing the perfect kadala curry.

  25. Awesome recipe. The aroma of fried coriander makes it even more delicious. Thank you

  26. Hi Sharmis,

    I have been following your site for quiet sometime now. Tried this recipe and it tasted awesome. I jst drank the curry without the rotis :D thanks for the wonderful recipe and perfect measurements :)

  27. Hi Sharmi,

    While going through the posted comments above, I understood that you might have gone through some issues. Nonetheless, I would like to tell you that I am a regular visitor of your site and very fond of you and your dishes.Please continue it....Do not stop it.....

  28. Hi Sharmi, I have tried this recipe and had it with Appam. It tasted so good. Thanks

  29. Thanks for posting this recipe.I t came out very well.pearl onion used in tadka enhances the flavor.I prepared the entire dish using coconut oil and it was awesome.. Thanks again


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