Sundal (Chick Peas with Onions and Coconut Pieces)

With Navarathri coming, I thought of making some of the traditional dishes for the pooja.  So I made one dish each day for the last 3 days of Saraswathi Puja.  On the first day, I made this Sundal.  I also made some Aval, Kolukattai and sweet pongal.  Normally at my home, my mother makes all kind of sweets and savories on the last day – vijaya thasami such as sundal, aval, pongal, ulunthu vadai, kadalai vadai and sweet uppuma.  Here is the recipe for sundal:



  • 1 cup dried chick peas
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup white coconut pieces
  • 3-4 dried red chili broken into 2 to 3 pieces
  • Strand of curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon canola/cooking oil


  • Wash and soak chickpeas overnight.
  • Stove Top:  Add enough water and cook chickpeas until they are cooked but still slightly crunchy and not mushy.
  • Pressure Cooker: Add water to cover chickpeas in a small saucepan and place it in the pressure cooker.  Cover and cook for about 6 whistles.  Leave in pressure cooker until the cooker is cooled down before opening.
  • Drain as set aside.
  • In a saucepan add oil and add onion and fry until onions are lightly browned
  • Add red chili, coconut pieces, and curry leaves and fry for another minute or two
  • Add cooked chickpeas and mix well.
  • Season with salt
  • Yields: 2 servings

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