Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Naadan Kadala Curry /Chana dal with fried coconut

This is a traditional Kerala curry, spicy and holding a prominent place on breakfast tables. Puttu and Kadala curry is the vegetarian combination that you get in any hotels in Kerala. This is relished by kids and adults alike. The below is a combination of kadala with fried coconut and spices.

Chana dal/Black chickpeas– ¾ cup
Finely chopped onion – ¾ cup
Sliced tomato – 3nos
Green chilies – 2nos
Sliced garlic – 2tsp
Curry leaves – a few
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Chilly powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 2 ½ tsp
Grated coconut – ½ cup
Oil – 4tsp
Fennel (Perum jeerakam) – 1 ½ tsp
Salt to taste

How to prepare
=►Soak chana dal overnight and boil it with water and salt.
=►Fry ½ cup of grated coconut until the color turns brown and grind it well and keep it aside.
=►Heat 4tsp of oil in a pan, add fennel seeds and allow it to crack.
=►When it cracks add sliced garlic, green chilies and curry leaves into it.
=►Sauté it well and add finely chopped onion and a little salt. Fry it till the onion turns
light brown.
=►Next put turmeric, chilly and coriander powder and fry it for1min.
=►Add sliced tomato and mix it well. When it is cooked well add boiled chana dal into it.
=►Sauté it and add grinded coconut paste into it. Keep it for 3-4min on medium flame.
=►It is best with puttu, rava upma or chapatti.

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