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Oct 6, 2013

Chana Masala Sundal / Chickpea (Kabuli Chana) Masala Sundal / Kondakadalai Sundal - Navaratri Recipes

During navaratri amma makes something each and everyday. In the morning she makes variety of rice and in theevening she makes different sundal. One of my favorite sundal is this channa one. I love anything with cooked with channa, it is one of my favorite grain.

Channa sundal is one of my favorite. We make it plain and simple, by just tempering and adding in coconut. And i add a little little to it by adding some crushed pepper..YUM YUM..I will post that version soon too. 

This is the first time i am trying this recipe and it was totally a hit. The roasted spices along with the coconut gave a wonderful aroma to this yummy sundal. Everyone loved it. So here you go to the recipe.

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins + 45 mins for cooking channa
Serves - 4


Channa / Kabuli Channa / Chickpeas - 2 cup dried
Salt to taste
Water to cook channa
Coconut - 3 tblspn grated
Chilli powder -  1 tsp

For Roasting:
Coriander Seeds / Thania - 1.5 tblspn
Channa Dal / Kadalai Paruppu - 3 tblspn
Dry Red Chilli - 1

For Tempering:
Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu paruppu -1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya podi - 1/4 tsp


Wash and soak channa in lots of water overnight. Drain the water and add it to pressure cooker. Cover with fresh water and add salt to it. Pressure cook it for 4 whistle. Then simmer for 20 mins. Now switch off the flame and let the steam go all by itself. Open the pressure cooker and drain the water and set aside.

Heat a 1/2 tsp of oil. Now take the ingredients given for roasting in the pan and roast on medium heat for couple of mins. Take them in a spice blender or a small mixer and blend to a fine powder. Set aside.

Heat oil in a kadai and crackle all the ingredients given for tempering.

Add in cooked channa and mix well. Season with salt and mix well.

Now add in chilli powder, ground masala and mix well.

Add in coconut and mix well. let it cook for 2 mins.

Switch off the flame and Serve.

Take your channa
Soak them in water

take them in pressure cooker
Cover with water
Add in salt

Pressure cook

Cook till done
press with your fingers, it should be soft
Cook untill done
Now take all your other ingredients
This is your roasting ingredients
fry them in a pan with some oil

till it nice and toasted
Take in a mixer
Make into a fine powder
Heat oil

Add in tempering spices
Fry them till done
Add in cooked channa
saute well

Sprinkle in some salt

Add in chilli powder
mix well

Add in spice powder

toss well
Add in coconut

Saute well



  1. Yummy sundial aarthi... Use of spice powder ......my child like this taste...

  2. I love south Indian food. I used to crave dosas in my pregnancy and this sundal looks tempting. Thanks for sharing

  3. Hi Aarti
    How would you turn the channa to look dark dark brown? I tried using tea bags, soya sauce but does not do the trick?

  4. @Tina ChahalCooking it in a dark gravy will make it look darker..It has to be simmered for quite a long time..


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