Friday, October 19, 2012

Chickpeas Sundal

Am looking forward to winter - never been a great fan of the grand old man....but the idea of hot coffee, Christmas lights - pies and tarts are just igniting the romantic within. This year has been a mixed bag..... Learnt so many valuable lessons, grew so much as a person. My physical and mental capacity far exceeded my expectations.  Slow small steps do lead to giant leaps. Connected with some awesome people through the blog and learnt how some people are so giving.  Life is but once - if you live it well, once is enough. And eating is a big part of living well :))  what's cooking in your kitchen today ?? Well am making a simple Chana/Chickpeas sundal, for those who don't know what am talking about -a cup of  gazibo bean salad. Fresh and tangy!!

2 cups of Chana/ gazebo beans

3 tbsp oil

1 tbsp mustard

2 inch ginger finely chopped

4-5 green chili finely chopped

1/4 tsp asafetida

Juice of 2 limes

1/2 cup fresh grated coconut

Finely chopped cilantro

One of the  first pressure cooker * 
Soak the Chana overnight with a pinch of baking soda. Wash it and pressure cook till tender.

Well pressure cook reminds me - I have a couple of friends who are so intimidated by the pressure cooker - yes, I know most of us don't think so much about a pressure cooker - we grew up with the sounds of the cooker, but for some it can be intimidating - worrying that the lid might blow.  Well it is one of the simplest and safest gadget if used properly -  friends ( u know which ones ;)) you should give it a try !! It really cuts cooking time in half,  and its great for high altitudes, now that's an incentive. I had a similar discussion on one of the forums on face book - I concluded that its a love and hate relationship with pc (pressure cooker). All the talk about the cooker really got me enthused, did some reading. Did you know that the first pc is as old as 1679, it was then called a steam digester, picture on left....huge right !!

Going back to the recipe....

In a large pot, heat oil add mustard, let it splatter add asafetida, green chilies and ginger. Let it cool, add lime juice, garnish with fresh cilantro and fresh coconut.

Drenched in gold, could not resist - had to share :)) have a great weekend !!

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  1. Hi Simi
    Nice sundal. Why is called chickpeas I wonder - I am picturing small chicks running all over the Sundal. Lovely picture of the golden hued tree.Should be shedding leaves very soon and then the tree will bear a bare look for the next few months.
    Which part of the US do you live?
    Have a great day. Ram

  2. Delicious chickpeas sundal love it.

  3. WOw that looks too good and yum!!

  4. sundal looks very delicious ,very nice clicks..Super Yummy Recipes

  5. Favourite chundal among all..nice info on the oldest cooker..

  6. Tasty and healthy sundal. Excellent preparation.

  7. Yummy sundal....looks yummy and so inviting

  8. Wow very nice sundal n thanks for sharing the first cooker

    Event: Dish name starts with P

  9. wow very tempting sundal,luks gr8!

  10. Wish i get a bowl of this nutritious sundal,can have it just like that.Lovely dish.

  11. Beautiful pics and a healthy sundal Simi. Great post :)

  12. Delicious and healthy bowl of Sundal.. Love it!

  13. Gorgeous photographs and healthy ideas, love it!

  14. I have never worked with chana and mustard together... it looks amazing all fresh and healthy like spring!!

  15. This recipe looks wonderful! Love chickpeas. Would definitely have to try this!

  16. Super tempting sundal. Nice addition of lime juice

  17. This looks delicious and healthy too! I would love to try this. I'm not sure if I can find asafetida spice where I live. I was wondering if I can substitute it with something else or if it won't alter the taste too much to omit it.

  18. Thxs all
    JoAnn : you can omit asafetida in th recipe, it is not a mandatory ingredient. I really can't think of a substitute.


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