Chickpea/Chana Sundal

This is one of my favorite healthy snacks to make and eat. Usually I make this for evening snack with a cup of tea. It is simple to make and only requires a few ingredients. This dish is called as Sundal in Tamil. During my childhood, sundal with chukku coffee used to be the traditional snack served to the people coming for Christmas carols at home.

In this recipe, I have used white chana (chickpea), but you can also use black chana. If you don’t want to go through the process of soaking the dried chickpea, you should able to use the regular canned chickpeas as well.


  • Dry Chana ———————- 2 cups
  • Salt to taste
  • For Tempering
    • Coconut oil ————- 1 tbsp
    • Mustard seeds ——– 1/2 tsp
    • Dry chilies ————— 2-3
    • Curry leaves ———— 4 springs
  • For Seasoning
    • Grated coconut ——- 1/2 cup

How To Make

  • Soak the chana overnight or at least 6 hours
  • Drain the soaked water and rinse once
  • Now add two cups of water and salt in a pressure cooker and cook it for about 20 minutes in medium heat
  • Turn off the stove and wait for the pressure cooker to cool down
  • Now open the cooker lid and drain the extra water
  • Heat the oil in a pan and do the tempering using the ingredients for tempering
  • Now add the cooked chana and mix it
  • Then add the grated coconut or thin coconut pieces
  • Mix all together and turn off the stove
  • Now enjoy the sundal

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