May 03, 2022

Sundal Podi | Khaara Sundal podi - channa (kondakadalai) sundal using sundal podi


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 Sundal podi or sundal masala powder is a special spice mix used to season the sundal /chundal or even various vegetable stir fries.

Sundal is a special preparation made from different legumes and the most preferred prasad during Navaratri .The dried legumes are soaked overnight, cooked to perfection and a delicious stir fry is prepared by seasoning either with fresh coconut or this special sundal podi . Sundal can also be called as a warm salad and is rich in protein. 

For the month of April,Jayashree suggested we share some home made spice mixes and I was paired with Poonam as a partner.  We exchanged our secret ingredients wherein poonam made a delectable Cheese powder mix while I made this Sundal Podi . Jayashree's blog has an amazing collection of home made spice powders and her flavorful Chai /Tea Masala is very unique and aromatic. 

Every family has a special sundal powder recipe which will be followed as per their family's likes and tastes.  Some recipes use channa dal + udad dal in combination while some use just plain channa dal or plain udad dal . These lentils are roasted to perfection with corriander seeds,dry chillies, cumin and ground to a coarse powder . This coarse masala powder can be stored upto 15 or 20 days in normal room temperature away from moisture and under refrigeration the shelf life is around 2 months after which the essence will be lost gradually. I prefer to make this fresh in small batches and use it immediately. 



Preparation Time - 5 mins 
Roasting Time - 5 mins
Complexity - simple

Ingredients 

2 tbsp udad dhall
2 tbsp corriander seeds
Few curry leaves 
1 tsp cumin /jeera
3 to 4 dry red chillies 
Pinch of asafoetida 
1/2 tsp oil

Method 
  • Heat the oil in a kadai and start roasting the udad dhall until it turns crispy and brown 
  • Take it aside and let it cool on a plate. 
  • In the same kadai ,roast the curry leaves,dhaniya and jeera until they all turn crisp and you get a nice aroma . Let it also cool along with the roasted udad dhall.
  • Lastly, roast the dry red chillies till they turn warm crisp. 
  • Cool all the ingredients, add asafoetida and blend it to a coarse powder in a blender or spice grinder .
  • Transfer to a dry bottle and keep away from moisture. 

Recipe for Sundal using Sundal Podi 



 Ingredients 
100 gms kabul channa /chickpeas /Kondakadalai 
2 tsp sundal podi
Salt as needed 
Fresh curry leaves 
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds 
Pinch of asafoetida 
2 tsp fresh grated coconut (optional)

** you may also use lobia , brown channa , green moong , peanuts also for making sundal with this sundal podi. Follow the same steps as mentioned below.

Method



  • Soak the chickpeas overnight in sufficient water . Discard the water and pressure cook the chick peas in fresh water with salt until its soft and tender.  Strain the cooked water and let the chickpeas cool down. 
  • In a pan, heat the oil and splutter the mustard seeds followed by curry leaves. 
  • Add the cooked chick peas, asafoetida and sundal powder and give a quick stir . Lightly sprinkle water and cook covered for 2 mins on low flame .this step ensures the flavors steep into the sundal evenly. 
  • Open the lid, garnish with fresh coconut.  Many people don't use fresh coconut while using sundal podi,but I personally like the sweetish taste from fresh coconut and hence I add. You can skip it if you want to avoid coconut. 
  • Garnish with fresh coriander and serve. 

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15 comments:

  1. I make different variety of Sundal as offering during Navratri. This time planning to make aromatic and flavorful Sundal podi, your way.

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  2. Very nice recipe

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  3. Thank you so much for this beautiful recipe! We make sundal quite often. I can imagine what a lovely fragrance and flavour this podi would add to it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. This podi is a total keeper and very handy

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  4. Had no idea that a special sundal spice mixture is used for sundals. Will be making this soon as during summer we will need nutritious and filling salad options and this powder is going to be handy.

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    1. Sundal podi is mainly used when we want to skip the use of coconut. The same can be used to season veg stir fries too mayuri ji .

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  5. Wow! Priya this is such an yum sundal podi. I was not aware you have a podi for sundals! Can I use this podi with any legume?

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    1. Yes Archana,the recipe to use with any other legumes also remains the same . You can use lobia,kala channa or even simple channa dhal sundal with this podi . You can also season any vegetable stir fry with this podi

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  6. Making a sundal podi is quite new to me Priya. I must try your version next time. I think we can use it in other kind of stir fry too.

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  7. I never knew there is a special podi for sundal . We at home love sundal but never used a podi. I can imagine, this podi will make one great sundal. Amazing share dear๐Ÿ˜

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  8. Sundal podi is so handy and aromatic. I make a quick batch during the sharad navaratri, to make sundals ASAP. lovely colour of the podi, priya!

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  9. Podi sundai is one of our favorites. This magical spice mix for sure is going to take the flavors to another level!

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  10. I have never heard about sundal podi before but this one sounds too good. I am sure it makes the sundal taste real good. I would like to try it.

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  11. I can make the sundal podi at home any time ! Yours looks so aromatic and flavorful ๐Ÿ™‚The homemade masala powder will add tons of fresh flavors and aroma to any dish

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  12. Wow so simple but flavorful masala recipe. Sundal podi sounds really great. And chickpea with sundal podi looks mouthwatering. A keeper recipe.

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