October 14, 2012

Channa Sundal | Chickpeas Sundal | Navarathri Recipes

Channa Sundal

Navarathri is an Indian festival celebrated during this time of the year to worship Mother Durga. Navarathri means "Nine Nights", we celebrate nine days worshiping various forms of Mother Durga each day. The tenth day is celebrated as Vijayadashami, a day on which everything new is started. In South India we have a tradition of celebrating Navarathri with kolu, a display various dolls in steps (see our 2006 Kolu below). We decorate the dolls, invite people for our Kolu and offer variety of prasadams every day.

Channa Sundal is one of the most famous prasadam offered during Navarathri. All these nine days we would think of different prasadams and always would prefer to standout from others. This Spicy Channa/Chick peas Sundal is a winner. The ground masala powder gives it a very different taste from the usual sundal. It is easy to make and your guests will love this for sure. If you are preparing for the kolu and running out of ideas for the prasadam this would definitely be a option. Try it !!

Chickpeas Sundal

Preparation Time : 6 - 8 hours of soaking time + 10 minutes

Cooking Time : 10 minutes

Serves : 4


Channa/Chickpeas/Kondakadalai - 1 cup
Urad Dal/Uluntham Paruppu - 1 tsp
Grated coconut - 3 tbsp
Curry Leaves - 2 strigs
Red Chilly - 2 no
Salt for taste
Oil - 2 tsp

For roasting and grinding

Red Chilly - 3 no
Channa Dal/Kadala Paruppu - 1 tbsp
Urad Dal/Uluntham Paruppu - 1 tsp


  • Wash and soak the channa/chickpeas for about 6 - 8 hours or overnight.
  • Pressure cook the channa with required salt and leave for 3 - 4 whistles.
  • Dry roast the channa dal, urad dal, red chilies mentioned in the for roasting and grinding section adding one after other for about 2 minutes in medium flame.Allow the contents to cool down and grind it to a coarse powder.

  • Heat oil in a kadai/wok, add the mustard.When mustard starts to splutter add the curry leaves, red chillies. Saute for about 1 minute in medium flame.
  • Next add the cooked channa with little cooked water and saute well for about 2 minutes.
  • When the water evaporates, add the ground powder and mix well for about 5 minutes.
  • Next add the grated coconut and mix everything well.


  • If you forget to soak the channa in the night no issues. My mom does this shortcut method, boil enough water and put the washed channa into it. Place this vessel inside a hot pack. It will be ready 4 - 5 hours.
  • Do not burn any of the contents while roasting as it would spoil the taste of the Sundal.
  • You can use this sundal as a side dish with rice too.

Channa Sundal



Chana sundal looks yumm and love the beautiful clicks,

Looks yummy yummy... Just love it....

Very nice and beautiful presentation.flavorful sundal

Love that podi, sundal looks fabulous.

Wow kolu luks superb,delicious sundal...

Super inviting..Join me in Fast Food - Vermicilli event here : http://easy2cookrecipes.blogspot.in/2012/10/fast-food-event-vermixilli-for-october.html

Beautiful Kolu picture, we don't do golu at home but visited only friends home.
Sundal with the ground masala looks superb!

Your Golu is so nice...I have never had Golu at home, hope to have in coming years...

What is urad dal? I would love to make this recipe!

This is amazing! I'm gonna get all the ingredients today and make it tonight for dinner. Can't wait!

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