chana sundal recipe | channa sundal recipe for vinayaka chaturthi

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chana sundal recipe - south indian recipe of a no onion no garlic stir fried chickpeas with spices and coconut.
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chana sundal recipe – channa sundal is a south indian stir fried dish made with white chickpeas. sundal is basically a dry legume-lentil preparation spiced, tempered along with fresh coconut.

chana sundal

you can make sundal with green peas, red kidney beans, kala chana, chana dal, black eyed peas, sweet corn, moong beans, peanuts and so on.

sundal recipes are prepared during vinayaka chaturthi or janmashtami puja or navratri fasting in south india.

they are very easy to prepare and make for a healthy brunch or snack. since they are quick to prepare, they can also be served as a side dish.

i usually soak the beans, overnight and then pressure cook them. once they are cooked soft, its just easy to temper them and add some fresh coconut. this is also a no onion no garlic recipe.

this chickpea sundal is so good with the aroma & flavor of mustard, black gram, curry leaves and the freshness of the coconut in the softly cooked chickpeas….. that it can be just had on its own without any accompaniments.

chana sundal recipe

if you are looking for similar recipes then do check sabudana khichdi, aloo chana chaat, punjabi chole, falafel and chana masala.

chana sundal recipe details below:

chana sundal recipe, channa sundal recipe
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chana sundal recipe | channa sundal recipe

chana sundal recipe - south indian recipe of a no onion no garlic stir fried chickpeas with spices and coconut.
course snacks
cuisine south indian
prep time 8 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 38 minutes
servings 3 to 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1 cup dried white chickpeas (chole or safed chana)
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal (spilt skinned black gram)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 dry red chilies (sookhi lal mirch)
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon fresh grated coconut
  • salt as required

how to make recipe

  1. rinse and soak the chickpeas overnight in enough water.
  2. drain and pressure cook the soaked chickpeas with 1 tsp salt and 3 to 4 cups water till they are cooked till soft.
  3. drain and keep aside.
  4. heat oil in a pan.
  5. add the mustard and urad dal.
  6. the mustard seeds will crackle and the urad dal will get browned.
  7. they almost take the same time to cook on a low flame.
  8. immediately, add the curry leaves, red chilies and asafoetida.
  9. fry for 10-15 seconds.
  10. now add the cooked chickpeas and salt.
  11. stir and saute for 4-5 minutes on a low to medium flame.
  12. switch off the flame and add the coconut.
  13. stir well.
  14. serve the chana sundal as prashad or naivedyam.

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. How many whistles?

    • time taken and number of whistles will depend on the quality of chana. so it can be 6 whistles to 12 whistles or more.

  2. Great stuff! I never knew you have to mix the peanut crush with the Sabudanà, before cooking. One lives and learns!!

    • thanks and i think your comment refers to the sabudana khichdi recipe.

  3. Lovely easy healthy recipes. Love your cooking style.

    • glad to know this and thankyou so much sumathi 🙂

  4. Im a newbie to cooking..n ur recipies r a great help.. Thank u 🙂

    • welcome sandhya 🙂 and thankyou.