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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Sundal (Chickpeas Snack - Tamilian Style)

           This is a popular and a healthy snack found in South India, especially Tamilnadu. I was introduced to this simple and easy snack during my stay in Chennai. They are usually served in temples and also can be found being sold in beaches and parks. As chickpeas contain high protein, they can be had anytime of the day, but best relished as an evening snack along with a cup of tea or coffee. Boiled peanuts or boiled black chickpeas can also be substituted.

  • 1 cup white chickpeas, boiled
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • few curry leaves
  • 1 whole red chilly, broken
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
  • pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tsp. urad dal (split black gram)
  • 1-2  tbsp. fresh coconut, grated
  • salt to taste
  • coriander leaves to garnish 

           Heat oil and temper with red chilies and mustard oil. After it stops spluttering, add the asafoetida, urad dal and curry leave. Saute till the dal changes colour.

          Add the boiled chickpeas and salt and stir for a minute. Just before removing from the fire, add the grated coconut. Mix well and serve, garnished with coriander leaves.

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