The recipe that I am going to share today is another South Indian dish called Kerala Kadala Curry . One of the key ingredients in this curry like most other Kerala curries is coconut which is the primary component of the masala paste used in this curry. And the best part about this curry is that it goes well with idiappam (Nool-puttu), Idli, Puttu, Appam and even Plain dosa.This is a preferred curry in most Kerala hotels for the vegetarians.
This curry reminds me of the chana-bhature that we used to get in the Shanichari Bazaar (Saturday Market) in Delhi. Not that it has the same taste but because the side-dish in Chana-Bhatura that you get in the Shanichari Bazaar, also uses black Chicpeas. And it gives the chana curry in the Chana Bhatura a unique flavor and taste. And that is exactly what it does to this Kadala Curry as well.
The general feeling with most people is that every curry that uses Coconut is a Kerala curry. But with more and more people realizing the goodness in Coconut and with Coconut Oil being the latest addition to the list of Superfoods, people have started adopting Coconut in their foods.
I should agree to the fact that I too, used to hate the smell of coconut oil in curries and dishes. But gradually with regular use, it changed.
I should thank my mom-in-law for that. Most of her recipes used coconut oil. And since all her recipes tasted great, I couldn’t resist the temptation of tasting all of these dishes as well. And that’s how it all started.
Most of her recipes used coconut oil. And since all her recipes tasted great, I couldn’t resist the temptation of tasting all of these dishes as well. And that’s how it all started.
Today, I am a fan of coconut oil. And I prefer using coconut oil in most of the South Indian dishes that I cook so that I can preserve the originality of the dish. You can also call it an effect of Coconut being the only easily accessible Super-food.
My favorite combination for Kadala Curry is Appam. Just as the ad for Lays would say, “No one can eat just one”, it applies for Appam and Kadala Curry as well. You will fall in love with it if you have it once and am sure you will not be able to stop at one.
But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t go well with any other foods. You can have it with Plain rice and Poori too. So let’s Jump on to the recipe.
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