Sep 11, 2013

Kadalekalu Saaru | Channa Curry

Kadalekalu Saaru is a delectable curry made with kala channa or kadalekalu  in a coconut based gravy. Its an authentic curry based from green belt region of Karnataka which include places like Mandya, Mysore and surrounding villages. This is a farmers food rich in protein. It is mainly served with steamed rice or ragi ball.

Kadalekalu saru is one of the staple diet food at home. My mom makes them for dosa and idli which is a great accompaniment. 


2 cups Kadalekalu (kala channa), soaked in water for 5 hours
1 tomato diced
1 potato, diced
For the masala
1 cup freshly grated coconut
1 Onion, diced
2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Red chili powder

For seasoning
2 tsp oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Jeera
1 sprig Curry leaves


  • Cook kadalekalu and potato in pressure cooker with 4 cups of water for 15 minutes
  • In a pan, add 1 tsp oil and add onions. Saute until it turns brown
  • Grind coconut, fried onions, coriander powder and red chili powder. Add water as needed
  • Now add the masala to the cooked kadalekalu. Also add diced tomatoes and adjust salt as per taste. Simmer it for 10 minutes
  • In a pan, heat oil. When it turns smoky, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves. Add seasoning to the curry
  • Serve hot with steamed rice

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