Chickpeas sundal recipe
Navarathri is upon us. "Nava" in Sanskrit means Nine and Rathri means night which obviously denotes the fact that this festival is celebrated for 9 whole days. The highlight of this festival is the arrangement of different idols on step arrangement called as "Golu" ( see how it looks here ). Another highlight is the different varieties of Sundal that is made during these days. One different sundal for 9 different days. Sundal is nothing but a simple South Indian salad made with different legumes like White chickpeas, black chickpeas ( generally termed as Kadalai Sundal ), butter beans (termed as "Mochakottai sundal" ), dried peas (termed as Pattani sundal ) and many more.
Chickpeas sundal recipe
All the ones that I have mentioned follows the same procedure as this, hence all you have to do is to change the legume keeping the process and the rest of the ingredients same. You have 4 different Sundal recipes already. We will discuss for the remaining 5 days later :) Another place where these Sundals play a very important role than during this festival is on the South Indian beaches. Just take a gander on the coastline of the Madras city and you will see vendors everywhere like ants on the sands, selling these sundals calling out along with the legume it is made of. The smells, the aroma, watching the waves while eating these sundals wrapped in newspaper cones are some unforgettable memories! And before I get lost in reminiscing those, lets go into this simple recipe shall we? chickpeas sundal recipe
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  • Serves: 2 people
  • Yields: About 2 cups
  • 1 cup white chickpeas, soaked overnight ( for different varieties try black chickpeas,butter beans, dried peas etc)
  • 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp black gram dal
  • 1-2 dried red chillies ( or as per taste)
  • 2-3 tbsp freshly grated coconut ( frozen works too)
  • salt to taste

I usually recommend pressure cooking legumes for more nutrition retention and speed of cooking. Cooking this for about 2 whistles in pressure cooker (about 10 minutes) works great. The need is to have a soft texture yet with the chickpeas retaining its shape.


Otherwise you can cook this on stove top like I have done this time (My pressure cooker has gone kaput!) If soaked overnight ( or even longer), the cooking time on the stove top to get that right bite is only about 10-15min. It took me 15 mins on high heat (in my electric stove) to bring that correct texture I wanted. What you got to do, is to drain the soaked chickpeas, place it on a skillet, add 1-1/2 cups of water, bring it to high boil and let cook. In the middle add some salt to the water.You know its done when it is soft yet has a bite to it.

3. Drain the cooking water. You can also use it for stock later.
4. In the same skillet, add little oil - about 1/4 tsp oil should do - add the mustard seeds. Once it starts popping, add the black gram and red chillies. Give it a stir until the lentil starts turning reddish brown.
5. Add the cooked chickpeas. Give it a toss.
6. Add the coconut - cook for another 1-2 minutes and serve warm.
Low fat, protein rich, simple to make and uses very minimal ingredients. Chickpeas sundal recipe

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By Habeeba on Nov 9, 2010


By Gayatri on Sep 26, 2011

Sundal is veryu healthy but the paper you used to serve is not, that is full of lead and that is poison. Hope you are not eating your sundal from paper.

By Navratri is here :) | Blog on Sep 25, 2011

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By Simran on Sep 21, 2011

Hi Chefinyou, I wanted your permission to use one of the pictures from this recipe for a blog article I am writing for about Navratri. I will link back to Chefin You and mention it on the article too. Is that ok? Please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks, Simran

oh sure. Will def. be happy to share with attribution

By Closing Ceremony for the Golu games « Rambling on…. on Oct 17, 2010

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By Jenny on Oct 14, 2010

Yummy yummy ...................Black sundal smell will be better than this i guess

By Jenny on Oct 14, 2010


By Pratibha Chopra on Apr 28, 2010

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By Kelly on Feb 21, 2010

Hmmm, this was tasty, I enjoyed it. I found that all the seeds and dal dropped to the bottom though.

By CurryLeaf on Sep 22, 2009

Yum Yum and healthy too.I always associate navarathri and sundal together.Love it .Advanced Navarathri wishes.

By Mangerati on Sep 21, 2009

You can also buy the chickpeas already soaked (in cans), saves a lot of preparation time.

Yes one sure can, as I mentioned as a reply in my third comment.

By PraDeepu on Sep 20, 2009

Yummmmeeee... Though Im gud on the recipe details..but those colorful pics definitly tickled my taste buds.. Thanks 4 dis post.. Searchin for somemore authentic recipes....

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By Priya on Sep 19, 2009

Love chickpeas sundal, lovley presentation, just love it..

By Anu on Sep 18, 2009

Looks Awesome. I'm getting ready to do my 9 days of Sundal too! You have a very nice blog here - keep up the great work!

By Trish on Sep 18, 2009

Can you use canned chickpeas and then put them directly (drained of course) into the oil?

Yes you can of course use canned chickpeas too. Just add them once you get the mustard seeds, black gram and chillies on the skillet. But to get that authentic beach type / traditional sundal taste, soaking and cooking it 'al dente' (if you can even use this term for these!) would be the best way :)

By Pavani on Sep 18, 2009

Yumm..yumm.. Love sundal anytime, anywhere.. Happy Dasara DK.

Happy Dussera dear Pavani :)

By PJ on Sep 18, 2009

Dhivi,what a coincidence ,I just wrote a post on sundal!![ I better post that another day :)].Looks tempting and definately reminded me of the beach...