Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Kala Chana / Kondakadalai Sundal - Navaratri recipes

Happy Navaratri everyone !! As festivities start in full swing all the gollu steps are readily arranged with silk dhoties or sarees covering them.Then comes all the cute dolls which we have been collecting over the years.We bring down all our dolls from the attic and clean them. With mom's  help the dolls are arranged in the steps in no time.We invite friends and family over to see out beautifully displayed arrangements of dolls and wait for them to start appreciating...And all those hard work pays right off..This is the tradition of gollu in my house.Hope you all have similar wonderful gollu stories like mine.

And the best comes in the last. - Sundals.

Every evening mom makes yummy sundal and we get to taste it before the guests arrive...My favorite of all sundals is the kala chana or kondai kadalai sundal.

They are legumes which are dark brown in color and have a strong earthy nutty taste.They make an awesome evening snack and makes you feel full for a really long time.Its packed with nutrients and are so yummy to eat.

Ok lets move on to the recipe,


  • Kala Chana (or) Kondakadalai  - 3 cups
  • Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Red chili - 2
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal split - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Curry leaves 
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Salt


  • Soak the chana with lots of water overnight or at least 8 hrs.Drain the water and keep aside.
  • Boil the chana with water and salt until they are well cooked.You can pressure cook them for about 5-7 whistles.Drain the excess water.
  • Heat oil in a pan.Add mustard seeds and wait till they sizzle.Add asafoetida,curry leaves,red chillies.Fry for a min.
  • Add the boiled chana and grated coconut.Mix them until well combined.Serve hot.

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