Thursday, October 09, 2008

Sundal - Happy Dasara!

Dear foodies,
A very Happy Dasara to all of you!

I could not go through Dasara and not make sundal, that would be blasphemous! I used to look forward to this festival so I can go around hogging on sundal, not just made my mom but everyone in the neighbor hood :P (now don't you bring this up!) So here goes this year's quota,

  • 1 can - Chickpeas, or dry beans, soaked overnight and pressure cooked until tender but still holding shape.
  • 1 tsp - Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp - Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp - Chana dal
  • 1 tsp - finely chopped Green chillies
  • 1 nos -Red chili
  • 5-6 nos - Curry leaves
  • a pinch of Asafoetida/hing
  • 2 Tbsp - grated, fresh Coconut
  • 2 tsp - Oil
  • Salt to taste
  1. Heat a suate pan with oil on medium heat. Add the mustard and cumin seeds, when they start splutering add the dal. As they start turning a deep orange add the chopped green chilli, saute for a minute, then the broken red chili and curry leaves with a pinch of asafoetida.
  2. Next add the chickpeas, salt and saute for 3-4 mins. Since they are pre-cooked, we only need to get them coated well with the seasonings. Before turning off the heat add the grated coconut and saute for an additional minute, cover and let it rest for a sometime so the flavors blend together.
Thats it, you are all done. You can add chopped green mango to this recipe in the last step like I did here. I seem to have done much better in the cooking department when I was still in school! hmph!!

My mother would make sundal with a different legume/bean every day for Navratri. I've only tried it with chickpeas and lima beans until now. Peanuts, chana dal, moong dal, kala chana, dry green/white peas, blackeyed peas can all be used. I am sure I've left out a few more options but you get the idea right ? :)

Enjoy your day :)

20 thoughts:

Mishmash ! said...

Dasara Greetings, Priya...:)

Priya said...

Shn That was quick! Happy Dasara to you and your family :)

Mandira said...

the sundal looks great, happy dasara to you and your family priya.

anudivya said...

Priya, Happy Dasara to you and your family!
Canned chick peas are a blessing! No soaking overnight, no pressure cooking them... aah! Bliss.

arundati said...

happy dassera priya

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

beautiful picture.. have been visiting ur blog for quite sometime now. love the pics.

Indian Food Rocks said...

Happy Levitation Day!

Veda said...

happy dasara priya! lovely snap!

Manasi said...

Happy Dasara!!

Unknown said...

Happy Dasshara!

Uma said...

Happy dasara to you too! Sundal looks so good.

Mansi said...

This so speaks about Dussehra! hope you have a great day!:)

mitr_bayarea said...

Happy Dussera, nice ending with visual sundal.

Red Chillies said...

The sundal looks yummy! Happy Dasara to you and yours!

Indian Food Rocks said...

You were saying...



Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Rather belated Dussera wishes!
I'm just recovering from an overload of chundal and payasam.:)
The peeking squirrel in the previous post is lovely, by the way.

Pallavi said...

looks delicious... same to you..
I have tagged you on a meme.. check it out ..

Bhawana said...

Priya this is looking mouth watering.

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Thank you, *croaking the last words*

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