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October 16, 2012


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Here is a picture of our house’s last year navaratri golu/kolu .Last year we kept golu with some old idols and mostly with my daughter’s toys . This year we bought some new idols & kept it.I’ll try to post this year golu pictures in my next post.
About this recipe.we usually make chana sundal for Navratri & Ganesh chaturthi.Recently I tasted this konda kadalai sundal in my neighbor's house during navaratri. I loved it very much .It had a nice flavour & mildly tangy taste.I asked her the recipe.She told lime juice & coriander leaves as secret ingredients.Actually my neighbour used black channa. But i used white ones which i had in hand. If u r planning to make with black channa , do roast the chana in little oil before pressure cooking it . It gives nice smell and taste.In the below picture , u couldn’t see coriander leaves because i dint use as it was out of stock. But do add them and try.It tastes good.Do try this sundal recipe for Navratri neivedyam !

Chana sundal/Chickpeas sundal

Chana sundal/Chickpeas sundal How to make white chana sundal/Konda kadalai sundal recipe for Navratri !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snacks
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 8 Hours
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 8H20Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • White chana / Konda kadalai – 1/2 cup
  • Salt & water – as needed
To temper:
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Hing – 3-4 generous pinches
  • Red chillies – 2 – 3 nos (pinched)
  • Ginger – small piece ( grated)
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Grated coconut – 3 - 4 tbsp
  • Lemon juice – few drops ( as per taste)
  • Coriander leaves – few ( finely chopped)
    • Wash and soak white channa overnight or 6 –8 hrs.( add a pinch of cooking soda while soaking which makes the channa soft ) Drain the soaked water completely and wash again to remove the soda completely.
    • Pressure cook it adding the required water and salt. Drain the excess water .
    • In a kadai , heat oil and temper all the items given above in the same order.
    channa dal sundal tile1
    • Add the cooked channa and mix well. Finally add the grated coconut , toss well.
    • Garnish with coriander leaves and add lime juice as per need.
    channa dal sundal tile2

Enjoy !
  • Adding cooking soda while soaking chana is purely optional. But it makes the channa soft after cooking.
  • If u add cooking soda ,drain the soaked water and wash again before cooking it. Add salt while cooking. Suppose if u forget to add salt , add it immediately after u pressure cook keeping little water . Salt gets absorbed by chana.
  • Adding grated ginger is also optional but it helps for digestion of sundal. Add hing generously.
  • U can add more coconut to make the sundal tastier.
  • Add lime juice & coriander leaves as per ur need.
  • If u use black channa  , replace red chillies by green chillies.Roast channa in little oil till u get nice aroma & cracking sound.Pressure cook it immediately.No need of soaking.
  • But the channa will not be much soft.If u want it soft , add a pinch of cooking soda while u pressure cook.
  • For variations , u can coarse grind the grated coconut , chillies and add to channa.Saute for few minutes and add lime juice and coriander leaves at the end..

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  1. Golu looks so cute ...and so the sundal ..waiting for your this year golu pics

  2. Golu reminds me of my childhood days....yummy recipe. Join me in Fast Food event-Vermicilli in my blog.

  3. Golu looks very nice and also the sundal.

  4. Tempting and delicious.. Love the clicks.

  5. Hi chitra, thanks for stopping by my space. You too have a lovely blog .

  6. beautiful kolu...love the yummy sundal...

  7. nice kolu dear...love the second picture...

  8. Nice golu... Yummy sundal !! one of my favourite... New to your space, happy to follow you :)

    Inviting you to join my on-going eventNatural Sweetness Event with White Sugar

    Sharans Samayalarai

  9. wow cute kolu chitra,luks very nice...sundal vanga varalama:)

  10. Wow Lovely kolu chitra...So nice...

  11. Beautiful golu..Sundal looks irresistible and my fav anytime.

  12. Chitra,
    Thank so so much for visiting my blog :)
    I just checked through your blog, you have almost all the south-indian food varieties :)
    Though you might not find me writing comments for the wonderful posts, I will sure visit your place whenever I find time.
    Hey, i like the maakolam around the golu. Or is it done with paint?

  13. @ mangala , thanks so much for ur sweet words. It is maakolam .. (rice flour with water)

  14. Chitra - Happy Navaratri to you & your family. Nice golu and love the Rangoli designs in the front. Thanks for stopping by at my blog.


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