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
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
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.
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.
* 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.
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