August 26, 2019

Black Channa Sundal | Kondakadalai Sundal

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Sundal is variety of South Indian stir fry made out of  legumes like chick peas ,groundnut , dried peas , lobia/karamani etc.
Sundal is made as an offering to the Lord on auspicious occasions like Ganesh Chaturthi,Navratri ,Satyanarayan Pooja etc.

Today's sundal recipe is a favorite of Lord Ganesha and it is always offered to him as Prasad on Ganesh Chaturthi and SankataHara Chaturthi which occurs once a month - 4th day after the Full Moon Day.
Also during Navaratri, we make this brown channa sundal on Ashtami or Navami . 

Black Channa or karuppu Konda kadalai as it is called in Tamil is very rich in protein and dietary fiber.

Preparation Time : 8-10 hrs
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves: 4-5
Complexity: simple

150 gms black channa / karuppu kondakadalai
3-4 tablespoons fresh grated coconut
2 green chillies
Few curry leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds
Pinch of asafoetida
Salt as needed


  • Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight or for 8-10 hrs .
  • Discard the soaked water , rinse it once and pressure cook with a little salt until it is soft and well cooked .( 5 whistles on medium flame ) 
  • If you find it uncooked you can pressure cook for another 2 or 3 whistles. 
  • Strain the water and keep the chickpeas aside.  The strained water can be used in dhall, sambar or rasam etc.
  • In a small blender, take the coconut, green chillies, curry leaves and give it a quick whip . No need to add water . 
  • In a kadai, heat the oil and splutter the mustard seeds along with asafoetida. 
  • Add in the coconut masala and give it a quick stir and add a little salt. 
  • Mix the boiled chick peas with the coconut mixture , sprinkle a little water and keep covered for 2-3 mins .
  • This step ensures that the flavor of coconut masala mixes well with the chickpeas. 
  • Turn off the stove and garnish with corriander leaves if you like. 
  • Offer to the lord as prasad and then distribute among family and friends. 

The other sundal varieties on my blog

Karamani Sundal (Lobia) 
Channa dhall sundal
Verkadalai Sundal (Peanut)


  1. I love these sundal. Black chana is very good for health too.Sometimes I make just with tadka skipping coconut.

  2. I make this often at home, it is tasty and ideal for fasting days too.

  3. Simple healthy and so tasty too because of the coconut, curry leaves and chilis. I love how the South Indian Cuisine has so many different sundal recipes.

  4. Love kala chanaa and this sundal.. never had this before but it looks awesome.. love the addition of coconut.

  5. I love the Sundal varieties. Black chana Sundal is one of my favourite. So healthy and nutritious. Perfect offering during festivities.


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