Kadalekalu usli (Brown chickpea stir fry)


Usli is basically a stir fry made with various types of beans and legumes. Here I have used brown chickpea. This is given as ‘Prasada’ in many temples in South India. If you are looking for something healthy and filling, this is something you can bank on. It is very simple to make, except that it needs time to soak. I soak and boil them over the weekend, so that I can put up a quick healthy weekday snack in minutes. Add it as sides to your dinner or have it as a healthy snack… Super food that’s super delicious.


kadlekalu usli



Brown chickpea or kadale kalu – 1 cup
Green chilli – 2-3, slit
Oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Asafoetida – a generous pinch
Curry leaves – 5-6
Ginger – ½ inch, grated
Salt to taste
Fresh coconut – grated, for garnish
Coriander leaves – for garnish


  1. Wash the chickpeas and soak it for 7-8 hours (or overnight)
  2. Boil with salted water until it is cooked but has some firmness
  3. Heat a fry pan or skillet and add oil. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter
  4. Reduce heat, add cumin, curry leaves and asafoetida. Saute for a seconds
  5. Add the ginger and chillies and  stir fry for a minute 
  6. Add the cooked chickpeas and mix well. Add salt to taste. Simmer for 5-10 minutes
  7. Turn off the heat
  8. Garnish with grated coconut and coriander leaves and serve


  • You may squeeze in juice of ½ lemon before serving
  • Make sure the chickpea is not overcooked else it will turn mushy
  • Use a pressure cooker to cook the chick peas to save time