Bengal Gram (Chana in Hindi, Karuppu Kadala in Tamil) is one of the most important and widely used pulses in India. It has numerous health benefits. It is a very high source of protein and iron. Sprouted Bengal gram is given to children owing to its high levels of protein and iron.
Apart from iron, its also a very good source of folic acid and fibre.
Kadala Curry is one of the most widely eaten food in Kerala as it goes well with a variety of breakfast dishes such as Appam, Idiappam, Dosa and most important of them all - the one and only "PUTTU".
Coconut- 1/2, grated
Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
Kashmiri chilly powder - 1 teaspoon (normal chilly powder is also fine but quantity would be 1/2 teaspoon)
Black Pepper powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 2 teaspoon
Green Chilly - 1 or 2
Tomato - 1, small, chopped
Onions - 2
Curry leaves - 10-15 leaves
Salt to taste
Soak the bengal gram in water over night. The size of the gram would increase to around 1.5 times. Overnight soaked bengal gram is shown in the picture below
Cook the Bengal gram in the cooker. For every one glass of Bengal gram put minimum of 2 glass of water. Add salt as required.
Roast the grated Coconut till it turns brownish color and then put 2 table spoon coriander powder spread it out it into a plate to for it to cool down.
Grind the roasted coconut-coriander mix by adding ¼ glass (approx 50 ml) of water into it. Add pepper powder into this. Keep this paste aside.
Chop two big onions vertically. Take a pan and pour one table spoon oil. Once the oil is hot, put 2 teaspoons of mustard into it. Once all the mustard splutters, put dry red chilly, curry leaves and the chopped onions into the pan.
Once the onions turns brownish add chopped coconut..allow the coconut chops also to get fried during which these too would turn slightly brown. Once this happens, put the chopped tomatoes, and,1green chilly into the pan.
Add one teaspoon of turmeric and one teaspoon of chilly powder to this mixture. Adding these also makes the dish tasty and colorful; apart from the health benefits associated with turmeric.
Kashmiri Chilly powder is preferred due to the color that it gives to the dish. please note that the main source of spice in this dish is the black pepper powder.
Now, add the cooked Bengal gram into the pan. Add the coconut–coriander pepper paste also into the pan. Add salt if required. Mix it well.
Bengal curry of Kerala is ready.