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October 16, 2012

Chana Sundal (Kondakadalai sundal) | Chickpeas Sundal Recipe

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Kondakadalai sundal

 Chana sundal / Chickpeas sundal / Vella Kondakadalai sundal in Tamil is one of the most important sundal varieties for Navratri. I usually make it plain and simple without adding any sundal podi or additional masala. 
We usually make this chana sundal for Navratri & Ganesh chaturthi. Recently I tasted this kondakadalai sundal in my neighbor's house during navaratri. I loved it very much. It had a nice flavour & mildly tangy taste. I asked her for the recipe. She told lemon juice & coriander leaves as secret ingredients.

Actually my neighbour used black chana. But I used white ones which I had in hand. If you are planning to make with black chana , do roast the chana in little oil before pressure cooking it. It gives a nice smell and taste. In the below picture , you 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 !

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.


Chana sundal/Chickpeas sundal

Chana sundal/Chickpeas sundal How to make white chana sundal/ Kondakadalai sundal recipe for Navratri !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snacks
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 lemon juice as per need.
    channa dal sundal tile2

Enjoy !
  • Adding cooking soda while soaking chana is purely optional. But it makes the chana soft after cooking.
  • If you add cooking soda, drain the soaked water and wash again before cooking it. Add salt while cooking. Suppose if you forget to add salt, add it immediately after you 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 lemon juice & coriander leaves as per your need.
  • If you use black chana, replace red chillies by green chillies. Roast chana in little oil till you get nice aroma & cracking sound. Pressure cook it immediately. No need of soaking.
  • But the channa will not be much soft. If you want it soft, add a pinch of cooking soda while you pressure cook it.
  • For variations , you 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..
Kondakadalai sundal

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Indian Khana said...

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

Satya said...

golu looks nice ...sundel looks wonderful
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Shama Nagarajan said...

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

Divya A said...

Nice click of sundal..looks so inviting and delectable dear :)
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VineelaSiva said...

Golu looks very nice and also the sundal.

Menaga Sathia said...

Beautiful golu n Nice sundal!!

divya said...

Tempting and delicious.. Love the clicks.

Unknown said...

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

Vardhini said...

Kolu looks beautiful and happy Navaratri.

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Unknown said...

Lovely this sundal always..

Unknown said...

beautiful the yummy sundal...

Srividhya Ravikumar said...

nice kolu the second picture...

Unknown said...

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

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Prema said...

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

Vimitha Durai said...

Nice golu and healthy sundal


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

Priya Suresh said...

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

Jingalala said...

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?

Chitra said...

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

Unknown said...

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