Apr 20, 2010


Snatching the platform from lopa for a few lines this is Nithya back after a long time. After the semiya upma I thought it is now time for a very simple recipe.
Being born n brought up in the land of gujjus Ahmedabad there was an important habit inculcated- eating legumes on a regular basis. Soak-boil and some simple recipe for your daily balanced food. In gujju we call it kathol. In South the same is called Shundal. But in south it is made on occasions alone. Navratri- The festival of nine nights includes shundal preparation everyday-variety.
I made some today thanks to a colleague/friend of mine Bharrathi for her inputs- no occasion though so thought of jumping in to this blog and sharing it with you all.

You can use this recipe for any kind of legumes- the chickpeas black or white will do full justice to the taste.

Lets get in all the ingredients-

1 cup of black chana soaked for around 3-4 hours
1/2 coconut and 3-4 green chillies
2 tbsp oil
pinch of asafoetida
few curry leaves
Salt to taste
The procedure is very simple
Strain and boil the black chickpeas with some salt. Strain and keep it ready once done.

Grind the coconut and green chillies together. You can add little water but make sure it is 70 to 80 pc dry and not a liquid paste
Heat oil in a wide pan, add the mustard seeds and allow them to splutter.
Add asafoetida and curry leaves and then the coconut and green chillies mixture.. Fry for about few minutes

Now add the black chana.Mix well. Keep it closed for 3-5 mins stirring occassionally.
And now its ready to eat.

This proves to be a very simple easy to prepare breakfast/snack. The legumes and the coconut make sure you get your dose of nutrients. There is another variety where you can add red chillies, some onion and tomatoes instead of the coconut. The coconut actually reduces the shelf life :) So if you living in a very warm climate make sure your shundal gets some place in your fridge.
Till my next entry in Lopa's cooking den.. Happy Cooking...
Thanks Lopa :)


Ms.Chitchat said...

A warm welcome to u, Nithya. Loved the sundal and can have it any time of the day. Loved ur illustrative clicks.

notyet100 said...

feel like tryin this now,..

Priya said...

I wanna a grab those tempting sundals ...my all time favourite..

Parita said...

Welcome nithya! Sundal looks very delicious and so simple :)

Kiran said...

Hi Nithya,I have a Gujarati neighbor and they surely have this sundal many times in a weeks.Sundal looks very yummy.

Ann said...

Woo! healthy adn tasty snack:)

Nithu Bala said...

Yummy sundal..nice recipe..

Nithya said...

Thanks all for your comments.. encourages me to come back with more...

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