Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Kadalai Paruppu Chundal/Sundal (Savory Split Pea/Chana Dal Stir-fry)

Kadalai Paruppu Chundal/Sundal is a favorite recipe which turns split pea-like chana dal into a delectable dish. Chundals are savory or sweet South Indian snacks or sidedishes made with whole or split legumes. They are some of the typical and traditional offerings during Nav Ratri or Dussera celebrations which occur in autumn.

Chana Dal is a great source of protein as well as dietary fiber. Made from nutrient rich legumes, chundals are a low sodium food (as long as too much salt is not added!) with low glycemic index which makes it a perfect food for a healthy vegetarian diet. This recipe is simple to make with a few pantry staples and this vegan snack tastes great on its own or with meals.

Although not exactly the same ,Yellow split peas maybe used to make this Chundal also.

The dals and spices are readily available in Indian as well as most grocery stores these days.

4 Servings


1 cup Chana dal (split, skinless Chickpeas)
1 teaspoon oil (optional)
1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
1-2 Dry Red Chile, broken into two pieces
1 stem Curry leaves, finely sliced
1 pinch Asafetida
1/4 cup grated Coconut, fresh or frozen
Salt to taste


1. Sort, rinse and soak the chana dal in water for an hour. Drain the water, rinse well, drain again.

2. Add 2 cups of water and cook the split chickpeas until soft but not mushy. Alternatively you can cook them using a pressure cooker. If using pressure cooker, make sure not to overcook the dal. Let cool.

3. When cool, drain well; save the cooking broth for a soup or another dish.

4. Heat oil if using in a kadai or skillet. When hot, add mustard seeds and let them begin to pop.

5. Add red chiles, curry leaves and asafetida.Stir until red chiles brown a little, about a minute.

6. Tip in the cooked dal along with the salt; cook stirring gently until heated through. Stir in the grated coconut and mix well. Remove from heat, cover and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Remove the chiles before serving.

7. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.


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