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Kadle Manoli Sukka Recipe | Mangalorean dish with Ivy Gourd + Chickpeas | GF and Vegan dish

Growing up in Bangalore, many of our dishes were from local influences of the state- be it Sankranti Ellu Bella (Sesame seeds and Jaggery Trail mix) , Mysore Rasam, Undlige (steamed rice rava cakes) from Udupi cuisine, Smartha Brahmin’s Heerehaki Huli Thovve, the popular Darshini Kharabath, Menthye Bataani Bhaath from Bangalore and so on.

Today, we travel to Mangalore – a coastal city of Karnataka – for this lip smacking dry-saute with Ivygourd and Chickpeas. I had posted Mangalorean Sajjige Rotti earlier. 

Called Manoli Kadle or Kadle Manoli Sukka, this goes well with both hot chapatis and hot rice+ghee+rasam / Saaru. We had this dish withJeera Milagu Rasam(cumin pepper rasam),Carrot Kosambari,Tomato Thokkuand piping hot rice. 

I was paired with Lathiya for this month’s edition of Recipe Swap Challenge. Its an interesting take on blog hopping where we recreate a post from our paired blogger for the month. Lathiya has an interesting blog replete with eye catching photographs and a lot of dishes for egg lovers. I have adapted her dish- Black Channa Tindora Masala with a few changes to suit my family’s palate.  

This dish is usually made with onions and garlic, but as we use them very sparingly I have made it without it. I have eaten both variations growing up and they are equally tasty.  Similarly, both white and black chickpeas are used, and I have used the former. 


Off to the recipe now.

Kadle Manoli Sukka – A vegan, satvik, GF side dish from Mangalorean / Tulu Cuisine

Prep time – 10 mins, Cook time – 10 mins, Serves – 2~3


White chickpeas  – cooked (I used precooked and frozen chickpeas, which I brought to room temperature) – 1 cup

Ivygourd / Manoli / Tendli / Tondekayi / Dondakaya – 250 grams – slit lengthwise into 2 or 4 slices

Oil – 2 tsp

Tempering : Mustard seeds , Curry leaves

jaggery – 1/2 tsp

Tamarind paste – 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Turmeric-  1/2 tsp

To grind:

Fresh coconut – 1/2 cup

Byadgi chillies / kashmiri variety – 2 nos.

Red chilli / spicy chillies – 2 nos

Coriander seeds – 1 1/2 tsp

Jeera – 1 tsp

Methi seeds / fenugreek – 1/2 tsp


How to:

PinSteam ivy gourds with a pinch of salt, turmeric till 80% done. Drain and keep aside. Boil the cooked and frozen chickpeas in salted water for 3-4 mins till soft. drain. If using fresh chickpeas (black or white), soak overnight and cook till soft , drain all water and reserve.  

In a pan , saute all the masala grind ingredients one by one in 1 tsp of oil except coconut. Switch off the flame, add the coconut and saute till the coconut turns slightly brown. Grind to a semi-wet paste without adding too much water. 

Add this to the steamed veggies, saute a bit. Now add the salt, tamarind, jaggery, chickpeas and saute well. Adjust salt, spices

Serve warm with Rice + Rasam for a filling meal. 




  1. Glad you loved this recipe. You have made it perfect and looks delicious.

  2. Priya Iyer

    Hmmm.. I can almost feel the beautiful fragrance of the spices used in this curry wafting across to me – the coconut, red chillies, jeera and coriander seeds. The sabzi looks super duper delicious – I'll surely be trying this out!

  3. Poonam Bachhav

    Ivy gourd and chickpeas combo in a curry is new to me but sounds flavorful. I love coconut flavor in my curries.

  4. cookwithrenu

    I never used this combo of ivygourd and chickpeas. Looks quite flavourful with all that spices and coconut. Delicious.

  5. Sujata Roy

    Ivy gourd, chickpea, coconut sounds super tempting. I love coconut in curry. And this curry looks mouthwatering.

  6. JollyHomemadeRecipes

    Simplicity at its best…I have never added chickpeas to ivygourd…A simple and flavorful side dish. yummy share !!

  7. Ivygourd with chickpeas stir fry is new combination for me. Love that this is a satvik (no onion no garlic) version. Lovely share Kalyani

  8. Very interesting combination of Ivy Gourd with chickpeas.. liked the flavours here.. simple and delcious!!

  9. I have never cooked in this combination. Very interesting and looks so inviting

  10. Priya Satheesh

    Lovely combination.. Sounds flavourful and inviting. Loved the addition of coconut and no doubt about the taste.

  11. preethi'scuisine

    Yummy and flavorful combo Kalyani. Addition of coconut takes it to a new level. Awesome share .

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