Kadala curry/ black channa with coconut curry

One of my favorite side dishes in the local mess for aapam or puttu, the famous Kerala delicacies.Nothing else than kadala curry.

Ingredients needed

Coconut-1/2 cup
Red chillies-8 or 9
Coriander seeds-2tsp
Black chana-2 cups
Curry leaves

1. Soak channa overnight.
2.Take a kadai.Heat oil and fry coconut, red chillies and coriander seeds till they turn a lil brown in color.Allow it to cool.
3.Add 2 shallots to the above and grind it with little water to a thick consistency.
4.Now in a pressure cooker add the soaked chana with the water , some salt and the ground mixture and cook for 5 to 6 whistles.
5.Heat oil in a kadai.Add mustard, jeera and curry leaves.Add the remaining shallots (finely chopped) and fry well.
6. To this, add the cooked mixture from the cooker and allow to boil.you may add water to this now if needed.

Serve hot kadala curry with aapam or puttu.

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