January 22, 2006


Soondals are made with grams, whole and unhusked grains like bengal-gram, green-gram, cow-gram, dried beans, or dried peas. Even fresh peas and fresh mochakai beans can be made into soondals. Those who have already tasted this will know that soondals are very tasty and satisfying. They are also very pleasant and filling as a teatime snack once in a while.

Soondal recipe

Whole grams - 1/4 kg, washed and soaked overnight well covered with water; we used bengal-grams today
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Oil - 1+1 teaspoons
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Black-gram dal - 1/4 teaspoon
Dried red chillies - 2, broken into halves
Curry leaves - a sprig
Onions - 1, medium size, finely chopped
Green chillies - 2, medium size, medium hot, finely chopped
Coconut shreds - 2 tablespoons, fresh
Lemon juice - 1 tablespoon

Method: Put the soaked grams, the water in which it was soaked, turmeric powder, and 1 teaspoon oil into a medium-sized vessel along with 2 cupfuls of boiling water, cover with a lid, and cook over moderate heat till the grams are boiled and tender. A gram pressed between the thumb and forefinger should mash to pulp easily. Put the boiled gram in a sieve to allow the water to drip away. Heat a frying pan and pour in one teaspoon of oil. When oil is very hot, put in the mustard seeds to splutter, black-gram dal to brown lightly, dried red chillies to turn crisp, curry leaves, and then onions and green chillies all together. Saute well till the onions turn limp. Add the boiled gram and salt. Saute well turning over frequently for 5 minutes or till no water turns out of the mixture. Remove from the heat. Add the coconut shreds and lemon juice and mix well. Serve hot.



Blogger Shammi said...

Oh that looks GOOOOOOOD, VKN! It's my absolute favourite sundal, the brown chana that you've used. :)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, lovely as usual, this one is my most prefered snack with red hot chillies on a cold and rainy day .Vkn,I will try your variation sometime soon.

Blogger Pandhu said...

whats lacking is a beach and super wind...

Blogger Ashwini said...

VK I had this a long long time ago at Marina beach on a trip to Chennai. Thanks for the recipe!

Blogger Kay said...

VKN, this looks so yummy! esp, the new picture that opens up when I click on the picture on the post....

Sundals are one of my favourites and yours look so yummmmmmmmm.....

I have to make it NOW!!!

Blogger Swamy VKN said...

Thank you very much folks for your nice words. Yes, those are our inspiration to come up with something better each day niching mainly on our traditional cooking. Long way to go for us together.


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