Apr 3, 2015

Sundal - Chickpea Snack

Sundal is a quick and easy snack that can be made with just a few ingredients where the prime item is cooked garbanzo or chickpea. It can also serve as a nutritious and tasty addition to any salad. 

This is also a traditional dish made as a temple offering in south Indian temples when it is made without onions, garlic etc.

The recipe that we will list here includes onions, which adds a nice "kick" to it.


1. Garbanzo beans (soaked overnight, boiled and strained) - 2 cups
Easy: Use canned beans!

2. Garam masala OR 
sambar powder OR
turmeric, red pepper flakes, cumin seeds (light crushed in mortar pestle), asafoetida 

3. Onions - 1/2 cup - chopped.

4. Vegetable oil or butter or any standard vegetable oil. - 1 Tbsp.

5. Mustard seeds - black or brown mustard seeds. 1-2 tsp.

Optional items but these make it taste superb!!

4. Green chilis, Cilantro - small amount (2-3 chilis, 5-10 small leaves cilantro) chopped fine.

5. Coconut flakes - unsweetened <<-- do NOT use sweetened flakes, read labels carefully!

6. Flax seeds or flax meal.  1 tbsp

7. Lemon or lime juice/wedge.


This is a general procedure with most "curry" recipes.
1. Cook chickpeas or use can. Open the can, use a strainer basket and rinse the chickpeas from the can in at least 1-2 cups cold water. let it drain.

2. Add oil or butter to a dry skillet/wok and heat to medium heat for 2 mins. Add mustard seeds. If you have a mesh splatter screen cover skillet with that as mustard seeds tend to "pop". Once mustard seeds have popped, add flax seeds, let them brown a bit.
You can add asafoetida powder now (or if  using just garam masala or sambar powder then wait)

3. Add onions now, saute for a min or two. 

4. Now add masala powder, salt and turmeric to the onion, mix slightly. 

4b. Add coconut flakes (optional step). Stir it around for a minute. Add green chilis or red pepper if present.

5. Add the chickpeas now, stir around for 2-3 minutes. Switch off heat.

6. Add the chopped cilantro leaves. Mix in.

7. Serve into plates or bowls and provide a lemon wedge or spritz some lime juice directly. OR use as salad topping.

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