Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Kadalai Parappu Sundal ~ Microwave Split Chickpea Sundal

Sundal is a simple to make, tasty, low fat and filling snack that can be made with a variety of beans or some lentils like split chick pea or even peanuts. This is my go to snack when I want to make something quick and it is a great source of protein and nutrition, no wonder it ranks among my favorite snacks from south Indian cuisine. Traditionally I cook the lentils or beans in the pressure cooker and proceed with the seasoning it on the stove top.

Recently my pressure cooker, which gets a lot of use, especially when cooking different types of lentils, probably decided it has done enough work and just quit on me one day. As is usually the case with these things it chose the worst possible timing to quit, right in the middle of lunch preparation when I was already running late and my stomach was making sure I knew that lunch time was getting very close :-) Luckily for me I figured out the cooker seemed to be malfunctioning on time and managed to salvage both the brown rice and lentils that were cooking inside it.

Since then I have had to improvise and devise new ways to cook lentils, and the solution I have found is....the microwave. The first time I used the microwave for cooking lentils, it surprised me how effective the microwave was in doing this job and pretty quick too. Somehow I assumed that it may not do as good a job as a pressure cooker, but I was wrong. I have since used the microwave to cook lentils for most of my dishes including sambar, rasam and dhal and it does the job correctly each time. So I was not surprised to see that my split chick pea sundal made entirely in the microwave turned out so well, every single lentil was cooked to perfection. So for those of you who have been requesting me for a microwave only recipe, here is a healthy and tasty snack made entirely in the microwave......

split chick pea sundal


Ingredients and Method to make Split chick pea sundal

1/2 cup split chick peas (chana dhal/ kadalai parappu)
salt to taste

Seasoning
2 tsp coconut oil (or any other oil)
3/4 tsp split black gram lentil (udad dhal)
3/4 tsp mustard seeds
1 Thai or Indian variety green chilli (cut very fine) ( Or according to taste)
pinch of asoafoetida powder (hing)
3 to 4 tsp grated coconut (fresh or frozen)


Place the split chick pea in a microwave safe glass dish or any other microwave safe container. Add water to it sufficient to cover the lentils, swirl it once or twice with your hand and drain the water.

Soak the lentils in fresh water for at least an hour. ( Typically I add water that is at least 1/2 an inch higher than the quantity of lentils, this gives it enough room to expand)

Place the microwave safe dish with lentils in the microwave and cook on high for 2 minutes. Continue to cook the lentils in 2 minute increments. Skim off the froth from the top of the water when it forms. Also stir the lentils regularly and add water if required. The lentils need to be cooked until soft but should not get mushy, each lentil should stand separate.

When cooked, remove lentils from dish and place in a different bowl.

Add coconut oil (or other oil ) to the microwave safe dish and heat on high for 30 seconds or so until the oil heats (will depend on the strength of the microwave)

When the oil is hot, add split black gram lentil to it and heat on high for 30 secs to a minute. The lentil will start to sizzle but will not change color.

At this point remove and add mustard seeds to it and heat on high for about 1 minute.

The lentil would start turning reddish and the mustard seeds would begin to pop. Add green chilli, pinch of asafoetida and heat again for about 30 secs to a minute until the green chillies start to change color.

Add the cooked lentils to this seasoning, add salt to taste, mix well and heat again on high for about a minute for the flavors to mingle.

Finally garnish with grated coconut and serve hot or cold as a snack.

Serves approximately 2.

32 comments :

Gita said...

Nice photo Usha...even I sometimes cook lentils and beans in the microwave if I am running out of time....red beans doesnt seem to work out very well while microwaving...any idea for how long should I cook those :)

srikars kitchen said...

Nice click.. looks yummy & fantastic..

Priya said...

I just love this sundal, cooking channa dal in MW seems to be an excellent idea...Gorgeous click.

Vrinda said...

i lov chickpea sundal,yummy click..

Preeti Kashyap said...

I usually make sundal during festivals and microwave sundal during a tiring day (festival days can tire you out in the kitchen) seems quick and effective! Gorgeous pic!

Priti said...

Nice idea using MC...looks gud

aTxVegn said...

Chickpeas are one of my favorite snacks. I have never cooked beans in the microwave and now I want to!

Indhu said...

yummy sundal and lovely picture... and yeah... microwave is a boon :)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Delicious and healthy dish. Nice click.

rekhas kitchen said...

healthy one looks so tempting.

Vidhya said...

sundal looks yummy and nice click

Anonymous said...

Great picture! Sounds simple and delicious.

indosungod said...

Usha, the sundal looks amazing. I have not tried using the microwave for cooking lentils of any kind but they do cook to perfection. I have tried mostly vegetables.

n33ma said...

thats fast and easy. I have never really looked lentils in the MW wll try soon.Thanks for sharing.

Parita said...

That sounds so easy and looks so inviting!

Cham said...

I didn't try lentils in microwave, seems quiet easy and quick!

Sireesha said...

Sundal looks gorgeous:)

Sukanya said...

Looks divine!!!!!

Uj said...

I love the taste of chickpeas.. never tried micro method

Purva Desai said...

easy and quick recipe......thanks for sharing

Hari Chandana said...

healthy and delicious sundal.. lovely presentation.. :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Simple & a healthy dish but lovely picture...

lata raja said...

I'm relishing the look of the sundal in the picture. Each pea has held shape yet soft.

Shaista Tabrez said...

such a fast and easy way to cook it...will give it a try

Valarmathi said...

Nice click, looks yummy.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Very Nice Protien recipe and nice pics:)

Arch said...

I love sundal...never thought of making it in a MW. Always assumed it would take too long and never get done well enough !
Nice pic Usha...

Shri said...

Beautiful pic!Great Microwave recipe:)

Suma Rajesh said...

woo this looks great dear..

Weekend Carnivore said...

Now, that looks really good! We are going to have to try that one for sure.

Ann C said...

Dear Usha,

Please can you tell me if I should cover the dish with a lid when I microwave the chickpea?
This was an excellent recipe for students like me who get to use only the microwave to cook!
Thanks so much.

Ann C

Usha said...

@Ann, glad you liked the recipe. The dish does not need to be covered with a lid in the microwave while cooking the lentils. Enjoy the snack:)

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