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