Kadala Curry (Bengal gram Curry)

Bengal gram(black chick pea)- 2cups
Onion - 1 no (sliced)
Green Chillies - 3 nos (slit)
Ginger - 1 inch (chopped)
Tomatoes - 2 nos(chopped)
Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1tbsp

For Roasting
Coconut - 1/2 (grated)
Shallots - 3 sliced
Dry red chillies - 3nos
Coriander seeds - 3 tbsp
Whole Spices - Cardamom-2, Cloves-6,Cinnamon Stick-1,Aniseed-1
Black Pepper-corns - 1 tbsp

For Seasoning
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chillies -2nos
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Sliced coconut pieces - 2 tbsp
Shallots - 5 sliced
Oil - 1tbsp

Wash and Soak chick peas, overnight.
Pressure cook chick peas adding turmeric powder and salt.Keep it aside. Now dry roast all the ingredients 'for roasting' in a non-stick pan.Once done, keep it aside to cool down.Grind it into a fine paste.
Heat a tbsp of oil in a kadai, saute onion,green chillies,ginger and tomatoes.Once done add ground masala paste and cooked chick peas,mix well. Add enough water,bring it to a boil. Add salt.
Heat a tbsp of oil, temper with mustard seeds, dry chillies, curry leaves,coconut pieces and shallots.Pour this tadka over the curry,mix well.

Yummy Kadala Curry is now ready. Serve it hot with Puttu/Appam.