Kondakadalai Sundal


Today being Varalakshmi Pooja, I had prepared Sweet Kozhukkatai, Sundal, Wheat Appam and paruppu Payasam. Kondakadalai Sundal is also prepared during Vinayaka Chaturthi and Navarathri. It goes well with rice and as a tea time snack. Previously I had posted Channa Masala with kondakadalai, and this sundal is a no-onion no-garlic version, as it is prepared for pooja. Knowing today is pooja day, many of my friends asked for Kozhukattai recipe, knowing I would have prepared that. But to update the notes better, and to make a detailed recipe, I need to discuss with two Kozhukattai experts (my Mom and Mother in Law). Recipes for Sweet Kozhukattai and paruppu Payasam are coming soon.

Kondakadalai Sundal

Preparation Time : 5 min | Soaking Time : 8 hrs | Cooking Time : 25 min | Serves : 3

Recipe Category : Appetizer/Snack


Chickpeas/Kondakadalai/Channa- 1 cup

Shredded Coconut (Fresh/Frozen) – 3 tbsp

Salt – as needed

To Temper:

Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Urad dal – 1/2 tsp

Dry Red chillies – 2

Channa Dal – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Hing/Asefotida – generous pinch

Coconut Oil- 1 tsp



  • Soak  Channa overnight, or at least for 8 hours. Drain the water, add 3 cups of fresh water and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once the cooker comes to room temperature drain the water and keep Channa aside


  • Add oil to the pan, when the oil is hot add ‘to temper’ items let it crackle
  • Add  chana and required amount of salt and mix well and cook it on low flame for 2 mins. Add coconut and saute for a minute and switch off



My Notes:

  • Coconut oil gives nice aroma for sundal, so it is preferable
  • Tinned Chickpea can also be used
  • Instead of adding coconut at the end, you can also add after tempering



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41 thoughts on “Kondakadalai Sundal

  1. […] today. We had a great Pooja at home with Sweet Kozhukkatai, Ammini Kozhukattai, Wheat Appam and kondakadalai Sundal. I had prepared Paal Kozhukkatai couple of weeks back, and thought of posting it before Ganesh […]

  2. Chhapanbhog August 12, 2014 at 2:42 AM Reply

    Hey Vidya.. This looks amazing… Had this from once of our friend on Vara Lakshmi the other day… 🙂

  3. Liz August 11, 2014 at 12:15 AM Reply

    fun 🙂 Love chickpeas.

  4. Sophie33 August 11, 2014 at 12:14 AM Reply

    I make this kind of dish too like this but without the soaking! x

    • Traditionally Modern Food August 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM Reply

      Without soaking sounds intersting Sophie. Do you add anything to helps them cook without soaking

  5. Liz August 10, 2014 at 10:13 PM Reply

    Chickpeas and coconut is one of my favourites!

  6. coconutcraze August 10, 2014 at 7:36 AM Reply

    Lovely, yummy sundal. I love how you have cooked these chick peas to perfection! Not over or undercooked!

  7. tastefortongue August 10, 2014 at 1:26 AM Reply

    Perfect recipe for festive season 🙂

  8. Pocketful of Motherhood August 10, 2014 at 12:14 AM Reply

    I love coconut and I love chickpeas…how creative and tasty! 🙂

  9. Sasha August 9, 2014 at 10:12 PM Reply

    I love chickpeas!! Thanks for a new way to try them! 🙂

  10. Aruna Panangipally August 9, 2014 at 8:22 PM Reply

    This sundal is among my favourite munchies. 🙂 Hope you had a great pooja, I did.

  11. apuginthekitchen August 9, 2014 at 5:57 PM Reply

    Delicious, I could eat chick peas every day!

  12. nimmiafzal August 9, 2014 at 11:46 AM Reply

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  13. June Baby August 9, 2014 at 7:44 AM Reply

    That looks fabulous! I love dishes with chickpeas 🙂

  14. Chitra Jagadish August 9, 2014 at 3:54 AM Reply

    My all time favourite snack yum yum.. ….waiting for other two dear. …

  15. sherien August 9, 2014 at 12:19 AM Reply

    Loved the addition of coconut to the chana…..

  16. apsara August 8, 2014 at 11:44 PM Reply

    I had some Varalakshmi pooja special dishes at some friends’ today. This is my comfort food that I make almost every week!

  17. Nandini August 8, 2014 at 11:26 PM Reply

    What a nice coincidence My hub’s made it yesterday….btw he is a good cook as well 🙂

  18. natasha August 8, 2014 at 11:10 PM Reply

    This is such a new dish for me…coconut and chickpeas…nice…

  19. Malar August 8, 2014 at 11:00 PM Reply

    Yum!!! Waiting for other recipes soon 🙂

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