Sundal is usually prepared and served as prasadhum. Navarathiri is a celebration of goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi for 9 nights. During this time prayers to these goddesses and Golu or display of dolls is a tradition in the south. Women and children are invited for the Golu viewing and sundal is generally prepared and given to the visitors. The most commonly used bean is garbanzo beans. Why? Garbanzo beans or channa is associated with the navagraha Guru/ planet Jupiter in astrology. When this is offered to children and women all negative effects from this planet is reduced and the grace of Guru is bestowed. So people who are yearning for a child, have problems with the children, education etc would make this and offer it to everyone especially on Thursdays as it is known as Guru varam or the day of Guru. This can be made spicy or mild as per ones taste.For those who would like to make it for a party it is a perfect accompaniment with a round of drinks.
Garbanzo beans/Channa - 1 cup
Water - 10 cups
Green Chilli - 2 - 3
Curry Leaves - 7 leaves
Coconut - 2 tbsp ( I used the dry one)
Mustard Seeds - 1 tbsp
Asafoetida powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Ginger - 1 inch
1. Soak channa or the garbanzo beans in water over night.
2. Add 5 cups of water in a pressure pan and add some salt and pressure cook it to 3 whistles.
3. Heat the wok with some oil. Add asafoetida, mustard seeds allow it to pop, add green chillis, grated ginger, Coconut, turmeric and curry leaves.
4. Drain the water from the beans and add it to the seasoning. Mix well check for salt and add more if needed.