Spiced Chana / Kadala Fry / Kadala Masala

Kadala Fry

Reposting an old recipe with new pictures..Kadala fry / black chana fry is a great combo for rice..hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Kadala Fry

Ingredients (Serves 5 – 6)

1. Dried black chana / kadala – 1 – 1.5 cup

2. Pearl onions / kochulli or savola / big onion – 15 – 20 or 3/4 – 1 cup, finely chopped or sliced

Ginger – 1 tbsp, finely chopped

Garlic – 1 tbsp, finely chopped

Green chilies – 2, chopped fine

3. Curry leaves – 1 sprig, chopped

4. Tomato – 1 small, chopped (Optional)

5. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Chilly powder – 1/2 – 3/4 tsp

Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder – 1.5 – 2 tsp

Garam masala powder – 1/2 – 3/4 tsp

6. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

7.  Dried red chilies – 2, broken

8. Thenga kothu / sliced coconut – 1/4 cup

8.  Sugar – 1 pinch (Optional)

9.  Cilantro – 2 – 3 tbsp (to garnish, optional)

10. Salt – To taste

11. Oil preferably coconut oil – 1.5 tbsp


1. Soak the kadala / chana overnight in enough water. Cook it in a pressure cooker adding enough salt and water, for 5 whistles or until soft and done. Drain excess water and keep aside.

2. Heat coconut oil in a wide non-stick pan at medium heat. Splutter mustard seeds and fry dried red chilies. Add thenga kothu/sliced coconut and fry until light golden. Now add chopped ginger, garlic, green chillies, curry leaves and  onions. Stir-fry until onion turns golden brown and then bring down the heat. Add all the ingredients numbered 5 (masala powders). Stir-fry until their raw smell disappears. Take care not to burn the masala powders. Add the chopped tomatoes and stir-fry until they get mashed up and oil separates (adding tomato is optional). Now add the cooked kala chana along with 1/4 cup cooking water. Stir-fry for a few minutes until chana is well-coated with the masala. You can mash some kadala using the back of a spoon. Taste check for salt. Add a tsp of coconut oil,  1 pinch of sugar (optional, added to balance the flavors) and chopped cilantro. Switch off. Garnish with chopped onion and cilantro. It tastes best next day. Serve hot with rice.

Kadala Fry

Kadala Fry

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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