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Sep 30, 2013

Kadala Paruppu Sundal / Chana Dal Sundal ~ Easy Navarathri Sundal Recipe

Just only 5 more days for Navarathri and most of the Indian blogs are flooding with Sundal & other Navarathri related recipes. I too wanted to share few easy and quick to make sundal recipes here for the occasion. We do not have the custom of celebrating this Nine days Festival. But we lived in an Agraharam for more than 10 years and all the families in that area celebrate it in their own way and almost everyone keep kolu/Golu at their home and i love to watch the Golu settings-the lighting, toys(chettiyar bommai, marapachi bommai, park toys are my fav) and above all the Bakshenam they give on all nine days ;) I really enjoyed going to all the maamis' house to watch the Golu, they only give the bakshenam if we sing or recite slogam :) I don't know whether the maamis still remember us but I never failed to recollect the days where we had so much fun at their place watching golu and eating all those yummy foods :)
This Kadala Paruppu Sundal is one such easy and tasty sundal with very simple preparation. It just needs boiling chana and a simple tempering, no onions in this sundal recipe. Its even a perfect filling and healthy snack for Diabetic people.


  1. Chana dal/Kadala Paruppu/Bengal gram dal       1 cup(in 160 ml cup, soaked for at least 2 hrs)
  2. Turmeric powder     a generous pinch
  3. Salt    to taste
  4. Oil      1 tsp
  5. Mustard seeds     1/4 tsp
  6. Urad dal      2 tsp
  7. Cashew nuts      2 tbsp (chopped)
  8. Hing      a small pinch
  9. Dry Red chilli    2 no.s(broken)
  10. Curry leaves    few
  11. Cilantro        few finely chopped

Wash and soak chana dal for 1-2 hours, then cook with 2-3 cups of water, salt and turmeric powder till soft and tender, but not mushy.
Once done drain the excess water and keep aside.
Heat oil in a wok/pan, when its heated add mustard seeds allow to pop, then add urad dal and cashew nuts and roast till golden brown.
After that add hing, dry red chilli, curry leaves fry well, then add the cooked and drained chana dal and stir fry for a minute.
Lastly add finely chopped cilantro n fresh ginger(optional) mix well and switch off the stove.
That's it...Tasty Chana dal Sundal ready.

Soaking chana dal is optional but you can cook it straight away.
I do not directly pressure cook the sundal, since sometimes it lead to mushy dal. So cook in Pot In Pot Pressure cook Method or directly in sauce pan till it gets soft and cooked.


  1. a very healthy sundal and like the background color sangee :)

  2. enoda favorite sundal aks... it looks semma tempting... n love the violet bg for the yellow dish... its so attractive illa... nice clicks aks... omg... nan ayutha pooja varathe forgot...:P

  3. healthy sundal...yellow + violet semma combo

  4. Very healthy and delicious chana dal sundal. Yummy!

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  5. wow very very colorful sundal :) looks super delicious and yumm dear :) It is so tempting am going to make sundal for you sure you have tempted me with your fabulous clicks :)

  6. Simple and delicious sundal.. Adding cashew to the sundal makes it more attractive..
    Love the pictures Sangee.. Very Colorful..

  7. Simple dish looks just awesome coz of great clicks.. violet backaground making it rich. i too luv Navratri golu watching..

  8. Very healthy and delicious sundal... yummy... love the click...

  9. One yum sundal dear :) love the vibrant yellow makes it so inviting


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