Chickpeas (Channa) Sundal Navarathri Recipe

by anamika on October 15, 2012

in Dals Recipes ( Lentils ), Feast while you Fast, Festival Recipes

Chana Sundal Recipe

 Chickpeas (Channa) Sundal Navarathri Recipe

Its time for NAVARATHRI! Starting tomorrow for 9 nights and 10 days this Hindu festival will be celebrated all across India. Nava-rathri means nine nights and the last day is called ÔÇ£Vijaya DasamiÔÇØ. During these 10 days, goddess Durga, Saraswati and Lakshmi┬áare worshipped.

Chana Sundal Recipe for NavarathriNavarathri always remind me of my childhood days, when on the ashtami or navmi day we use to go to our friends house for Kanya Puja and would look forward to the prasad and the gifts :)!

Whereas┬áin south India, navarathri is celebrated with┬áGolu – ÔÇ£Bommai KoluÔÇØ┬áand differant┬ákinds of ÔÇ£SundalÔÇØ as prasad. I learnt preparing various kinds of Sundal last year and also after attending many Golu puja’s and various other Puja’s in South India. Last year I prepared Black Channa Sundal which I learnt from a South Indian friend of mine and this time I wanted to share the┬áChickpea┬á(Channa) Sundal recipe with you all, its real simple but too delicious and super easy to prepare.

Chana Sundal Recipe for Navarathri

This recipe of Channa Sundal┬áis prepared in South India during the Navarathri┬ádays. It can also be prepared as Prasad during Ganesh Chathurthi┬áor Janamashthmi┬áPuja. This year IÔÇÖm planning to blog more┬ánavarathri recipes from North and South India both. Hope you will enjoy it!


Chickpea (Channa) Sundal Navarathri Recipe

Chickpea (Channa) Sundal Navarathri Recipe


  • Boiled Channa (Chickpeas) - 1 1/2 Cups
  • Grated Fresh Coconut - 1/3 Cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Musturd Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Urad Dal - 1 teaspoon
  • Red Chillies - 2 -3
  • Curry Leaves - 6 - 8
  • A pinch of Hing
  • Oil - 1 tablespoon


  1. Take a non stick Kadai, add oil and heat it for few seconds. Then add mustard seeds and urad dal to the hot oil and stir for few seconds or till the mustard seeds crackle and urad dal turns light brown. Add hing also to it now only.
  2. Now add curry leaves and red chillies to it and mix will.
  3. Add in boiled chickpeas to the kadai and mix well.
  4. Now add salt, grated coconut and red chilli powder.
  5. Mix and stir, keep for few seconds and switch off the flame.
  6. Cover it and keep for few seconds.
  7. Channa Sundal is ready to serve.


To boil the chickpeas - Soak them overnight in enough water and bring it to boil the next morning in the pressure cooker. This will take about 40 mins to boil but again it varies from pressure cooker to cooker. So you can check after 35 mins and keep them back again if not fully boiled. I add 1/2 teaspoon on salt while boiling the channa's. Remember it should not be over boiled too.

ENJOY THIS NAVARATHRI WITH DELICIOUS RECIPES FROM NORTH AND SOUTH INDIA~Last year I made so many dishes and shared all of them in my navaratri post, to have a look at them all click on Easy Navarati Recipes 2012 here.!



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Your Cookery Book October 15, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Very healthy and nutritious recipe on the top very easy to make.


madcookingfusions October 15, 2012 at 6:28 PM

thank you so much dear :)!


Kanan October 15, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I am planning to make sundal tomorrow. this chickpea sundal looks really delicious. When i was kid, i was also waiting for prasad and gift on navami. :) I miss those days. when i was reading i went back in memories.


madcookingfusions October 15, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Thank you Kanan, I was just reading your aloo recipe post :)! I am glad I took you back to childhood days, even I miss those days.


shy October 15, 2012 at 7:38 PM

This looks delicious and very appetising…would love to try it out:))


shy October 15, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Looks delicious..will try it out


shy October 15, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Looks great and delicious..will surely give this a try


madcookingfusions October 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM

thank you Shy, I am glad you liked it :)!


Richa October 15, 2012 at 11:53 PM

i love sundal with all sorts of beans and peas. yours looks gorgeous!


madcookingfusions October 16, 2012 at 11:39 PM

thank you Richa, ever since I have learnt about Sundals I am kind of hooked to them..easy quick and healthy all together :)


Funwidfud October 16, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Sundal looks delicious..Loved reading the info about navratri…


madcookingfusions October 16, 2012 at 8:34 AM

thanks dear, I am glad you liked it :)!


Vijitha October 16, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Delicious looking sundal to kick start Navaratri.


madcookingfusions October 16, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Hey thanks so much Vijitha, looking forward to your golu post too :)!


Sanoli Ghosh October 16, 2012 at 2:18 AM

Absolutely delicious Chana Sundal. Happy Navratri to you and your family dear.

Today’s recipe:


madcookingfusions October 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Thank you so much Sanoli & wishing you the same :)!


Priya Sreeram October 16, 2012 at 9:41 AM

seasons greetings gal. the sundal looks quite a treat. If available, I also add grated raw mango


madcookingfusions October 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Thank you Priya & same to you, adding grated raw mango is a great idea too…surely will add raw mangos in the mango season to this recipe :)!


Kiran @ October 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Yummy!! Happy Navratri to you and the family :)


madcookingfusions October 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Thank you Kiran and wish you & your family the same :)!


Shruthi October 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Looks Yummm!!! Anamika….All blogs are going viral with Sundal recipes :)


madcookingfusions October 16, 2012 at 8:50 PM

thanks Shruthi, lol yeah I agree with you, viral effect is prominent due to the festive season :)!


shruthi October 17, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Totally agree….


madcookingfusions October 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM

thanks Shruthi :)!


Kankana October 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Happy Navaratri Anamika :) Coming weekend Durga Puja starts and it’s during this time of the season when I miss my family the most! I love chickpea but sundal always taste good, irrespective of the season.


madcookingfusions October 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Thank you Kankana and subho bijoya to you & ur family :)! I enjoy and look forward to durga puja too every year.


dassana October 17, 2012 at 7:49 PM

delicous looking sundal anamika. happy navratri to you and your family.


madcookingfusions October 17, 2012 at 8:58 PM

thank you Dassana and wish you and Amit the same :)


Nisa Homey October 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM

I have never tasted chick pea sundal and now u are tempting me to make one for my fly. Happy navratri to you and fly.


madcookingfusions October 17, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Thank you Nisa & same to you and your family, pl do try this super easy dish and trust me your kids will get hooked to this healthy sundal :).


Sweety October 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Hi! Instead of curry leaves, may I substitute it with turmeric leaves/powder?


madcookingfusions October 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Hi, you can substitute it with turmeric leaves or powder, however while cooking for fasting recipes, it’s always good to follow what your own family follows, like in some families certain spices are not used whereas in my family we are allowed to use normal salt in place of sendha namak and also we can use hing & turmeric powder.


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