Mom makes Channa dal sundal AKA Kadalai paruppu sundal every time once in Navratri days for kolu. This is such a simple yet packed full with flavours. I always loved the aroma that the house is filled when mom tempers for sundal. Ginger, green chilli and asafoetida combines to give a great aroma that takes you out of this world! I love that combination. That too mom uses kadalennai (ground nut oil) for tempering and uses little coconut oil which enhances the flavour. Though I use refined sunflower oil for cooking, I just love kadalennai for tempering. So I find idayam kadalennai (peanut oil) these days in Mustafa and buy that and use it sparingly in my cooking. It took for me some years to realise why my tempering is not wafting the same aroma as mom’s or MIL’s tempering. Silly me.
Enjoy this flavourful sundal, perfect for making this Navarathri in the evenings as prasadam.