Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Vellai Kondaikadalai Sundal

I've seen many mothers buy chips and other forms of instant foods after they take back their children from school daily. I don't remember having seen a child with only one pack. They have few along with candies and his mom would also carry some packs along with the school bags. This made me realize that how much have we forgotten our own traditional snack recipes. Are these really healthy? Not at all. After eating these foods, Do you think children would eat what his Mom has prepared at home for him. 

Unless Moms stop buying these foods, I don't think children are not going to stop themselves. So I made myself clear that I should give mostly home food to son and avoid junk foods as much as possible right from his birth. I am quite successful and still try to continue the same but through some way or the other, my toddler son gets chips or his favorite popcorn through relatives or picking it himself during weekend shopping. But I make sure those are added not frequently in his menu.

This sundal recipe is his snack recipe after coming back from school.  I don't expect him to complete the bowl but at least have the satisfaction that I am providing the best snack to my son. Check out my post on baby food ideas.


Ingredients:

Vellai Kondaikadalai / Kabuli Channa 1/2 cup
Mustard Seeds few
Urad Dhal few
Curry leaves few
Dried Red Chilly 1
Grated coconut 1-2 tsp
Salt and Oil

Preparation:

Soak Channa Overnight.

Method: 

Pressure cook Channa for 3 whistles.

In a Pan, heat Oil. When hot, add Mustard seeds. When they start popping up, add Urad dhal, Chilly  and Curry leaves.

Now add strained channa.Sprinkle salt and grated coconut. Mix well so that tempering combines well with the channa. Fry for few minutes until done.

Serve as a snack or an offering to God.

6 comments:

Hari Chandana P said...

My fav sundal.. Love the picture :)

Meena Kumar said...

Hey Laxmi,
Loved the way u said u have replaced chips with sundal. Weekend shopping can get so annoying at times with the pesterings right! Anyway sundal looks so tempting....

Vimitha Anand said...

Very healthy sundal

Uma Ramanujam said...

I agree with you laxmi. I always give preference to our traditional dishes first like the delicious sundal you prepared. There are days, when we had this sundal as evening tiffin with hot tea. Now I am making most of the time for gravy only.

Maha Gadde said...

luv this any time.nice clik

Akila said...

What u said is correct... Avoiding junk foods is to be done by mothered first... Love ur Sundal