Chickpea & Coconut Curry (kadala)

Total Time
1hr 55mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

This yummy chickpea curry, with its underlying creamy coconut flavor, is good enough to eat straight out of the pot. The author recommends desi or kabuli chickpeas, but I use whatever I can obtain. To reduce cooking time, I often use canned chickpeas. Although they are optional, I like to add the curry leaves. Passive cooking time refers to cooking dried chickpeas, but does not include soaking them prior to cooking. Recipe adapted from the book, "Passion for Pulses". The contributor is from Kerala, India.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. If using dried chickpeas, soak overnight in plenty of water, then drain.
  2. Place soaked chickpeas in a large pot with plenty of fresh water, bring to the boil for 15 minutes, then reduce heat and simmer for about an hour, or until chickpeas are tender.
  3. Alternatively you can pressure-cook the dried chickpeas according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  4. When the chickpeas are cooked, or if you are using canned chickpeas, put them aside.
  5. Next, heat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat, and dry-roast the desiccated coconut, reducing heat as necessary- it is important to stir continuously, as the coconut will readily catch and burn.
  6. As soon as the coconut starts to brown remove the skillet from the heat, and immediately place the coconut in a blender bowl- if left in the skillet it will become dark brown and bitter.
  7. Add ginger, turmeric, chilli, coriander powder and a little water to the blender bowl and grind to a fine paste.
  8. Heat the oil in a clean pan and saute mustard seeds until they start to pop and release their aroma.
  9. Add onion and curry leaves and saute and stir a further minute or two.
  10. Add coconut paste and cooked chickpeas, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding more water if necessary.
  11. Add 1 cup coconut milk and simmer for a further 10-15 minutes.
  12. Serve with rice and garnish with fresh cilantro.
Most Helpful

This is very good, but next time I will definitely increase the spices, I wanted it to be more umph-y! thank you very much, this is a recipe that I will enjoy playing with!

Carianne May 04, 2010


LittleTiger February 09, 2010

This is so delicious! I first made it to use up odds and ends in my pantry, but now I think it will be a staple in my house because I love it so much. I doubled the curry spices because I like my food hot, and I used chana dal instead of chickpeas so it cooked up very quickly. Delicious!

mady2 October 25, 2005