Chana Sundal/Chickpea Stirfry

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today i had Kuttu's Friends for Navrathri. Had a good time with all the kids. I m posting a Sundal Recipe Today, The Main attraction of Navrathri!!! My Mom used to say when she was a kid, she and her friends used to have race in visiting the Neighbour's (Whole Village, acutally)for Golu, Sing a  Song, Collect Sundal and all their Buddies meet at a point to Check who got how much sundal !!! Fun!!! 
 When we were kids, Me and My Sis used to dress up and go to our neighbour's house with a Kumkumabharani/Vermilion holder and call them personally to come and visit our Golu and get Thamboolam/Haldi-Kumkum. Ahhh, i soooooooo miss Chennai during Festivals!!! :(  Good Food, Great Memories!!!

A Cute Sling Jute Bag for Thamboolam!!!
1 Cup Chana dal/Chickpeas
2 tsp Freshly grated Coconut
Salt to taste

2 tsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Chana dal/Urad Dal
2 sprigs of Curry leaf
3 nos Red Chilies
hing & turmeric, a pinch

Spice Powder
1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
2 tsp Chana Dal
5-6 Red Chilies
1 tbsp Dessicated Coconut

  • Dry Roast the ingredients given under "Spice Powder" and Grind them together to a fine powder. Store it in air-tight Container.
  • Soak Chana Dal/Chickpeas Overnight. Drain and pressure Cook it with little salt for 3 whistles or until done. Drain and set aside. Don't waste that water, try to use that in Rasam/Sambhar.!!!:)
  • Heat oil given under "Tempering" in a Non-Stick Pan, Splutter Mustard Seeds, throw the red chilies, curry leaves, chana dal ,hing and turmeric. 
This thamboolam is for all  my Visitors!!!
  • When the dal starts browning, add the cooked Chickpeas/Chana Dal and Give it a good toss!! ahh, how much i love this part, tossing!!!!
  • Add a tspoon of the Spice Powder and Toss Again!!! Adjust Salt, add the freshly grated coconut, Mix Well. Serve Warm!!

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  1. Even i too miss these festivities here, wish i live in India during these festivals.

    Sundal looks delicious and can have a bowl even rite now.

  2. Mouth watering clicks, feel like grabbing it!

  3. I just love it. Look tempting.

  4. Thanks for your virtual thamboolam..Missing all those stuffs:(

  5. Wow sundal and ur writeup takes me to my childhood... Even I used to go to my neighbors to call then for Golu.... I miss India for all these reasons too...

    Anyhow sundal looks great n that thamboolam bag looks so cute.. I want to be ur Neighbour to get the bag... He he he

    Event: Dish name starts with P

  6. You are making me all nostalgic. My daughter for the first time in her life had the real experience of what an Indian festival was, when we visited India this summer. :)
    Lovely sundal.

  7. Delicious sundal, I miss India too. Nice thambulam.

  8. sundal looks delicious the beautiful clicks too
    Super Yummy Recipes

  9. Love this sundal..your Navratri items look so cute..

  10. How could i explain how much i like chana sundal..?!Adding the spice power gives extra taste in aroma.. loving the pic!

  11. Love the sundal and I remember my childhood days of sundal collecting fun in my neighborhood too. Awesome memories...miss it totally!

  12. looks so good...wish I had some now

  13. Your write up makes me nostalgic. This is my lil ones fav too..


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