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How to Make Sundal – An Easy to Make Indian Chickpea Salad


Chickpea salad

Try this chickpea salad!

Chickpea salad with a difference!


This is a recipe from Tamil Nadu in southern India. Chickpeas are more often associated with north Indian cuisine but this tasty chickpea salad is bursting with the amazing flavours of the south.

Sundal is eaten all day long in Tamil Nadu including breakfast. It is often eaten as a snack but is also a very popular and nice side dish. I really love the flavour of the roasted coconut and chickpeas together.

Chickpea salad is a favourite around my house at barbecues. If you like hummus, you are going to love this. It’s so similar yet has a flavour all its own. The addition of urid dhal (white lentils) is popular in south Indian cooking. They add a crunchyness to the salad that is really nice but can be left out if you can not find white urad dhal lentils.

Sundal can be eaten hot or at room temperature.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

Serves 4


INGREDIENTS for chickpea salad


800g (24 oz) canned chickpeas

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 fresh red chillies sliced down the middle
3 curry leaves
1 Tablespoon brown mustard seeds
1 Tablespoon urad dhal
4 Tablespoon freshly grated coconut
2 red chillies finely chopped
Juice of two lemons
Salt and pepper to taste


In a small frying pan, lightly brown the coconut over medium heat. Set aside to cool.

Pour the oil into a saucepan and heat over medium heat.

Throw in the mustard seeds, curry leaves, urad dhal and red chillies. When the mustard seeds begin to pop, add the chopped green chillies and stir around for about 30 seconds.

Now add the chickpeas with about tablespoon of water and cook for about 5 minutes. throw in the roasted coconut and mix well.

Remove from the heat and squeeze in the lemon juice.

Add salt and pepper to taste and serve hot or cold.

Chickpea salad is easy to make, tastes great and looks appetising.


Why not give chickpea salad a try today!


4 Responses to “How to Make Sundal – An Easy to Make Indian Chickpea Salad”

  1. Suzanne says:

    sounds like a great side salad with a burger, I didn’t know there was such a thing as curry leaves. Where would I find them?

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Suzanne

      Thanks for your interest. Sundal would go great with burgers or any of the tandoori dishes I have on the site. Curry leaves are not easy to find but they are really good and worth sourcing. The reason they are difficult to find is that they are grown in India and they don’t have a long shelf life.

      You can usually find them in Indian markets and also online. I have purchase curry leaves at

      Purchase them fresh and then freeze whatever you have left over. Frozen curry leaves taste a lot better to the dried leaves that are available in some shops. Hope you like the recipe.

  2. Lauren Hackin says:


    This looks great! Curry leaves are sold in Tesco now, but maybe only in multi cultural areas? I live in London and have no problem getting hold of them.

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Lauren

      I am finding it much easier to find curry leaves these days. Great you can get them. They make Southern Indian curries!

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