chana dal sundal recipe | kadalai paruppu sundal recipe | sundal recipes

chana dal sundal recipe with step by step pics. sundal is a tempered and sautéed dry dish made with legumes and peanuts. sundal recipes come from the tamil nadu cuisine. chana dal sundal is made with bengal gram. it tastes too good with the nutty flavor of chana dal in each and every bite. making sundals with various legumes or beans also add additional dose of protein in a vegetarian meal. chana dal sundal is also called as kadalai paruppu sundal where ‘kadalai paruppu’ is the tamil word for chana dal.

chana dal sundal, kadalai paruppu sundal

sundals are very easy to make. different varieties of sundals are made and served to the goddess during navratri festival. for the nine days of navratri festival, each day one variety of sundal is made and offered to the goddess. sundals are also prepared during janmashtami and ganesh chaturthi. i have shared some sundal recipe before:

  1. rajma sundal
  2. sweet corn sundal
  3. channa sundal recipe (white chickpeas sundal)
  4. pattani sundal recipe (green peas sundal)
  5. konda kadalai sundal recipe (kala chana sundal)

sundals can also be made on regular days. generally i make the traditional recipe of sundal without adding any spices or masala. so when i make rasam or vathal kuzhambu, i also end up making a poriyal or a sundal as a side dish.

for chana dal sundal, you do have to take care while cooking chana dal. they should not become too soft or pasty. the chana dal should be cooked well, yet retain its shape. you can choose to cook chana dal in a pot or a pan or a pressure cooker. for this recipe i have soaked chana dal and then cooked them in a pan. if cooking in a pressure cooker, then cook soaked chana dal for 1 whistle on medium flame.

kadalai paruppu sundal recipe

sundals can be served as side dish with main course or you can just have them as a snack. chana dal sundal tastes very nice and you can just have it as a snack.

few more delicious bengal gram recipes on blog are:

  1. cholar dal
  2. lauki chana dal
  3. chana dal

chana dal sundal

5 from 2 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:1 hr
Cook Time:35 mins
Total Time:1 hr 35 mins
Course:side dish,snacks
Cuisine:south indian,tamil nadu
Servings (change the number to scale):8
chana dal sundal recipe, kadalai paruppu sundal recipe
chana dal sundal is tempered & sautéed dry dish made with cooked chana dal, few spices and fresh coconut. chana dal sundal is also called as kadalai paruppu sundal where 'kadalai paruppu' is the tamil word for chana dal.

INGREDIENTS FOR chana dal sundal

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for soaking chana dal

  • 1 cup chana dal (husked and split bengal gram)
  • 1.5 cups hot boiling water for soaking

for cooking chana dal

  • 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking
  • ½ teaspoon salt

for tempering chana dal sundal

  • 2 tablespoons oil, can use peanut oil, sunflower oil or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves
  • 1 to 2 dry red chillies, broken and seeds removed
  • 1 generous pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • salt as required
  • ¼ cup fresh coconut

HOW TO MAKE chana dal sundal

soaking chana dal

  • rinse 1 cup chana dal in water for a couple of times. take the lentils in a bowl and add 1.5 cups hot boiling water. cover and soak chana dal for an hour.
  • later drain all the water.

cooking chana dal for sundal

  • add the soaked chana dal in a pan and add 2.5 cups water.
  • also add ½ teaspoon salt and stir.
  • keep the pan on stove top.
  • cover with lid and on a medium-low to medium flame begin to cook the chana dal. alternatively, you can cook chana dal in pressure cooker for 1 whistle.
  • when the water starts frothing, remove the lid and cook chana dal without lid on medium flame.
  • do check at intervals when the chana dal (kadalai paruppu) is cooking.
  • cook the lentils till they are cooked perfectly and still retain their shape. taste a few lentils to check if they have cooked well.
  • then drain all the water and keep the cooked lentils aside.

making chana dal sundal

  • heat 2 tablespoons oil in another pan or kadai. keep flame to a low and add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds and 1 teaspoon urad dal.
  • on a low flame stirring often fry both mustard seeds and urad dal.
  • fry till the mustard seeds crackle and the urad dal turn golden.
  • then add 10 to 12 curry leaves, 1 to 2 dry red chillies and 1 generous pinch asafoetida (hing).
  • mix and fry for a few seconds till the red chilies change color.
  • now add the cooked chana dal or kadalai paruppu.
  • add salt as per taste.
  • mix very well and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame. if there is any moisture or liquid in the chana dal then cook till the moisture gets dried.
  • lastly add ¼ cup fresh coconut.
  • mix and switch off flame.
  • serve chana dal sundal. you can garnish with some fresh coconut or a few coriander leaves if you want.

NOTES

a few tips for making chana dal sundal:
  • this recipe can be halved
  • if cooking in pressure cooker, then soak lentils for an hour in hot water. then pressure cook for 1 whistle on medium flame. 
  • you can add more coconut if you want. 
  • when serving a drizzle of lemon juice on the chana dal sundal also tastes good. 
 
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how to make chana dal sundal recipe

a) soaking chana dal

1. rinse 1 cup chana dal in water for a couple of times. take the lentils in a bowl and add 1.5 cups hot boiling water. cover and soak chana dal for an hour. you can even soak chana dal in water (at room temperature) for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.

chana dal to make chana dal sundal recipe

2. later drain all the water.

chana dal to make chana dal sundal recipe

b) cooking chana dal

3. add the soaked chana dal in a pan.

chana dal to make chana dal sundal recipe

4. add 2.5 cups water.

making chana dal sundal recipe

5. add ½ teaspoon salt and stir.

making chana dal sundal recipe

6. keep the pan on stovetop.

making chana dal sundal recipe

7. cover with lid and on a medium-low to medium flame begin to cook the chana dal. alternatively, you can cook chana dal in pressure cooker for 1 whistle.

making chana dal sundal recipe

8. when the water starts frothing (roughly after 7 to 8 minutes), remove the lid and cook chana dal without lid on medium flame.

making chana dal sundal recipe

9. do check at intervals when the chana dal (kadalai paruppu) is cooking.

making chana dal sundal recipe

10. cook the lentils till they are cooked perfectly and still retain their shape. taste a few lentils to check if they have cooked well. cooking soaked chana dal takes about 30 minutes in a pan.

making chana dal sundal recipe

11. then drain all the water and keep the cooked lentils aside.

making chana dal sundal recipe

making chana dal sundal

12. heat 2 tablespoons oil in another pan or kadai. keep flame to a low and add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds.

making kadalai paruppu sundal recipe

13. then add 1 teaspoon urad dal.

making kadalai paruppu sundal recipe

14. on a low flame stirring often fry both mustard seeds and urad dal.

making kadalai paruppu sundal recipe

15. fry till the mustard seeds crackle and the urad dal turn golden.

making kadalai paruppu sundal recipe

16. then add 10 to 12 curry leaves, 1 to 2 dry red chillies (broken and seeds removed) and 1 generous pinch asafoetida (hing).

making kadalai paruppu sundal recipe

17. mix and fry for a few seconds till the red chilies change color.

making kadalai paruppu sundal recipe

18. now add the cooked chana dal or kadalai paruppu.

making kadalai paruppu sundal recipe

19. add salt as per taste.

making kadalai paruppu sundal recipe

20. mix very well and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame. if there is any moisture or liquid in the chana dal then cook till the moisture gets dried.

making kadalai paruppu sundal recipe

21. lastly add ¼ cup fresh coconut.

making kadalai paruppu sundal recipe

22. mix and switch off flame.

chana dal sundal recipe, kadalai paruppu sundal recipe

23. serve chana dal sundal. you can garnish with some fresh coconut or a few coriander leaves if you want.

chana dal sundal recipe, kadalai paruppu sundal recipe

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4 comments/reviews

  1. Lovely recipe. You can just eat it like a snack. This brought back memories of my mother’s cooking. She used to make this quite often when I was growing up way back. I am going to make this one of these days.5 stars

    • thank you rom. yes chana dal sundal can be eaten as a snack. for most of us, food memories are pleasant memories. thanks for sharing. do try the recipe and i hope you will like it.