Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Kadalai Curry / கடலை கறி - A Simple chick pea curry for Aappam - Tamizhar Samayal Tuesdays

   Kadalai curry is a very famous curry,which is always served with Aappam, along with paal. inThis curry is prepared in southern parts of Tamilnadu. I learnt this curry from our cook "Murugan" ,when we were at my mom's place at "Tirunelveli". One sunday  morning, I asked him to prepare this for appam, along with thengai paal. He was kind enough to share the recipe. As he become experienced ,with the way (As in Sodhi ), I want him to make, he chopped the veges and arranged them on a plate in an organized way. Now to the recipe, this is a simple curry with black chana . Tastes yummy. We can prepare this .instead of our usual thengai paal. 
Serves           :      5 
To grind:
1.Pearl onions / Small onions      -         1/4 cup (chopped)
2.Shredded coconut                      -         1/2 cup 
3.Red chillies                                -          4 to 5
4.Garlic pods                                -          2
5.Cumin seeds                              -          1 tsp
6.Methi seeds                               -           1/4 tsp
For tempering:
0.Cooked black chana                 -            1 cup
1.Pearl onions                              -           1 cup (chopped)
2.Tomatoes                                  -            2  (chopped)
3.Curry leaves                              -            hand full
4.Oil                                             -            1 tbsp.
5.Mustard seeds                           -             1/2 tsp
6.Broken urad dal                        -              1/2 tsp
7.Salt                                            -              as needed
8.Turmeric powder                      -               a pinch
9.Chopped cilantro                      -               for garnishing
Take a pan or kadai. Add little oil and slightly fry the ingredients under "To grind" .Let them cool for a while and grind them well to a paste. In the same pan, add the remaining oil and temper with mustard seeds and urad dal, with curry leaves.
Now add the chopped small onions and sauté it well. We can sprinkle some salt at this point. Add the turmeric powder now. Give it a quick mix.

Add the chopped tomatoes and sprinkle some more salt for the tomatoes to get cooked well.Cover and cook, till the tomatoes turn mushy. Now add the grinded masalas .Bring the flame to medium, as the curry may sit at the bottom.

Adjust salt to taste. Add some more water to bring it to gravy consistency. Finally add the boiled chana now. Let it boil for a while and turn it off. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Cover the curry and let it sit for a while on the stove top. This dhum makes the curry oozes out the oil.
* This curry can be made with white chana. But traditionally, black chana is used .
* We can also add some thick coconut milk at the end for a richer gravy.
* We can add or remove number of red chillies, depending on the spice level.
* Using pearl onions are necessary for the taste. But if you cannot find it, use normal onions.
* Chana has to be 90% cooked, if not it becomes mushy,when we add it to the gravy.

Linking this to Nalini Suresh's "Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday "


Priya Suresh said...

Kadalacurry and appam is just inviting me.. Nice protein rich curry.

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious curry dear

Unknown said...

appam with kadali curry perfect meal to enjoy :) kadali curry looks mouthwatering dear :)

Asiya Omar said...

My favourite one..!

Lifewithspices said...

wonderful combo..

Swathi said...

Delicious curry I love this combo.

www.mahaslovelyhome.com said...

nice colour of d curry ..luking yummy.

Unknown said...

Kadala curry looks fabulous, love the spice mix/ masala grinded

Priya Anandakumar said...

Super Savitha, unga veetukku vandhuda vendiyadhuthaan...

சாரதா சமையல் said...

wow enakku piditha kadalai curry super!

divyagcp said...

Delicious Kadalai curry.. Perfect combo with Appam.. :)

Anonymous said...

Good post. Thanks for share.

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