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Monday, September 17, 2012

Ganesh chaturthi / Vinayagar chaturthi is only 2 days away and here is the channa sundal recipe we make for the festival. You can make the same with black channa too. I love both channa white and the brown/black. I often make channa masala or pindi channa for Aj. Sundal I make only very rarely. But I love it. This year we are not celebrating the festival as paati passed away, so made it last week and clicked too. Very simple recipe, but flavourful one. Channa or konadakadalai is how we call. But when I was studying in Trichy, many of my friends call kondakadalai as Sundal as such. It was funny for me for a while but then when I heard it from others too, then realized some people also call kondakadalai as sundal! Happy.

Channa sundal recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Snack
Prep Time: 12 hours soaking time    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 3


Channa/ Kondakadalai - 1/2 cup

Coconut, scraped - 3 tblsp

Salt - 3/4 tsp

To Temper

Oil - 1 tsp

Mustard - 3/4 tsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp

Red chilli - 2

Asafoetida - 1 pinch

Curry leaves - 1 sprig


  1. Soak channa overnight and pressure cook it with salt and water just to immerse it for 4 – 5 whistles.
  2. channa-sundal
  3. Heat kadai with oil and temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table. Add the cooked channa drained from water.
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  5. Stir fry for 2 minutes until moisture evaporates and add the grated coconut and fry for a minute. Transfer to the serving bowl.
  6. channasundal3


  • You can add onion after tempering. Also you can replace red chillies with green chillies.
  • You can grind green chilli and coconut and add it at last instead of tempering and adding grated coconut towards end.
  • I added salt while cooking. This prevents over cooking of channa. Sometimes if the soaking hour is less, then adding salt will prevent channa from cooking properly. In such cases, add salt after cooking channa.

Delicious sundal is ready… Its very healthy guilt free snack!


Updated :

I am sending this sundal to Priti of Indian Khanna’s  Festive food event.

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  1. Love this kind of sundal and use to prepare it very ofently with both varieties.

  2. Love this ever....

  3. You've presented even this simple sundal in such a beautiful and tempting way....looks awesome

  4. so yummy sundal! easy to make.. and healthy too

  5. My most favourite sundal,simply love it.

  6. Really looks great.. ur stepwise pics is always helpful to beginners like me and ur tips are so useful... u help me learn cooking from the basics.. thank you so much..

  7. It never looked so beautiful....Simple yet tasty

  8. Hey...Addition of Coconut in the Chana's makes this dish really yum, I wasn't aware that it is called Sundal till last year ganesh chaturthi festival. I love this combo :)

  9. Looks very flavourful....beautiful clicks too!!

  10. Super tempting sundal and clicks are pretty

  11. i love sundals. the pics are great with black background and simple styling.

  12. always love to view ur space both for tips & photos...

    happy to hear that you studied in Trichy

  13. Sundals are always a treat - simple, tasty and nutritious

  14. wow these clicks are very inviting and appetizing...

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  15. love this simple sundals anytime, loved your clicks, so inviting!!

  16. Healthy , delicious and flavorful.. Love it..

  17. Very healthy and flavourful sundal. Awesome clicks.

  18. Sundal look super with your clicks...simple and yummy preparation...

  19. Simple but delicious sundal! The photograph looks very nice!!

  20. With a great pride i say, i ve become a big time fan of ours!!! Usually, i spend most of my time in facebook!! But then now, the site in which i spend most of my time is rakskitchen.. Not only that, i ve started loving cooking. Had never stepped into kitchen before. Since last week, i ve promised to myself to try one recipe of yours every week. Already started with Lady's finger fry!! Def it did nt turn out way too good.. But then quite happy for my first try.. Love u soooo much!!! And your recipes... Yumm *Mouth-watering* every recipe is! :)

    Keep posting more recipes. And i promise to myself to try every single recipe that u have posted.

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    Revathi S

  21. Also, to mention a great photographer!! The way you present your recipe is simply wowww!! :)

  22. Great recipe! Looks delicious! the pictures are incredible!

  23. shundal looks delicious....


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