Kadlekalu Usli + {Video}

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

It is a common practice to make Kadlekalu Usli on Ganesh Chaturthi for the evening Aarti. The Usli is offered as a Naivedya to Lord Ganesha & later distributed amongst visitors who attend the Aarti.

It is believed that Lord Ganesha loves Brown Chana. If you are unable to make any dishes for the Neivedya, just Soak Brown Chana & offer it to God 

Kadlekalu Usli

This method of making Usli is common in temples where Coconut, Green Chilies & Ginger is ground into a paste & later mixed with the tempering & Chana. 

I like this recipe because, we don't have to worry about accidentally biting into a piece of Green Chilli :)

Serves 4-5

You Will Need:

  • 1.5 cups of Brown Chickpeas/Kala Chana 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Jaggery Powder 
  • 2 tablespoon Cooking Oil 
  • Juice of Half a Lime (Optional)
  • Salt as Needed
To Grind:

  • 1/2 cup Grated Coconut 
  • A small Piece of Ginger 
  • 4-5 Green Chilies 
To Temper:
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard Seeds 
  • 2 Big pinches of Asafoetida 
  • 1 teaspoon Urad Dal
  • 1 teaspoon Chana Dal 
  • A Sprig of Curry Leaves


Soak Kala Chana in plenty of water for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight 

Pressure cook Chana with a little bit of salt for 2 whistles 

Once cooked, drain the water & set aside 

In a mixer, Grind together, Grated Coconut, Ginger & Green Chilies into a smooth paste without adding any water 

In a pan, Heat Oil, Splutter Mustard seeds. Add Asafoetida, Urad & Chana Dal & sauté until the dal change color 

Add the ground paste & torn Curry Leabes & sauté for a couple of minutes 

Add the cooked Chana, Jaggery Powder & some salt 

Mix well on low flame 

Turn off the heat & add lime juice & mix well (I did not add line juice)

Kadlekaalu Usli is ready to serve 

Kadlekaalu Usli

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