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Monday, September 1, 2014

SUNDAL -POPU SENAGALU/CHIC PEAS WITH TAMPERING

Sundal is a South Indian snack made out of Beans , Peas , Chick peas ... sprouts recipe…..love ti try this soon….yummy….and healthy too…

Ingredients
  • 1 cup (abt 180 grams) Bengal Gram ?Kabuli Chena or Black Gram dal (Black Chickpeas)
  • Pinch of Turmeric,
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Urad Dal (skinned and split Black gram lentils)
  • 1-2 Dried Red Chilli
  • Few sprigs of Curry leaves, torn
  • Pinch of Asafoetida
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh Coconut (grated) 2-4 Tbsp -Optional

    Optional additions
  • 1 Green Chilli, or to taste, see Tips
  • Ground Pepper to taste, see Tips
  • Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed, to taste, see Tips
Method
1
Soak the kabuli chena  for min   6 hours. If using a pressure cooker, soaking speeds up the cooking process considerably. 

2       pressure cook this with just enough water to cover       the lentils along with turmeric

3
      You would need to cook it for just one whistle or about    6-8 minutes (esp. if you have soaked it). Otherwise cook for 2 whistles (or abt 10 min).

4
      Heat some  oil abt 1-2 tsp. in a pan  Add the mustard seeds and when they stop popping, add the lentil, chili and asafoetida.Dry Chillies,Urad wash

5
    Add the coconut and curry leaves.

6
    Add the drained lentil along with salt and pepper. Toss until combined.

7.Remove from heat and then add some lemon juice if using.






Tips
1. Green Chilli: Depending on the level of heat you like, you can increase the amount or simply skip using chillies. For the sake of flavor, I added 1 dried red chilli. We do not prefer heat in our food, hence I prefer this way.

2. Coconut: My mother never included coconut in our meals hence she makes this without it. But for added flavor I add 2 generous tbsp of coconut. I would recommend using fresh coconut, but frozen (and thawed) coconut works well too. If on diet restriction (or on a diabetic diet), simply skip using any.

3. Pepper: Traditionally this is not used in a sundal, but I add freshly ground pepper to any preparation that involves turmeric. Its optional.

4. Lemon: I don't remember my mother adding lemon juice to this, but I do add a little bit of citrus to my lentil preparations to help our body absorb the iron from the lentils. Its optional.