Garbanzo Beans Sundal

I cannot think navratri without Sundals. These sundals brings me back the fond memories of navratris in periyakulam. I used  go invite our neighbors and friends for thamboolam and this will be my standard dialogue – “Enga veetla golu vachu eruka, vethala paaku vangika vaango” (meaning we have kept golu come over for prasadam and thamboolam) and I have couple of standard songs to sing whenever some one asks me to sing. Sri mann Narayana, Thajanmendru Kenchikirom were my standard songs and our friends and neighbors started asking me to sing different songs and they started to tell my music teacher that I am not singing any other songs except these two. Now do I have an option? Nostalgic moments. :-)  In this inviting process, I collect sundals also and by the time I reach home I would have collected at least 1/2 kg of different varieties of sundal. I wanted to post some sundal recipes and when I went through my archived posts I realized I haven’t posted kothukadadalai or garbanzo beans sundal.

Ain’t Garbanzo beans the king of all sundals? How come I can miss that? hmm.. Pretty much all sundals follow the same recipe except for the boiling method as it differs for each and every legumes. Even though garbanzo beans follows same recipe as its used for all festivals (Vinayakar Chaturthi, Varalakshmi Vratham, Navratri and Saraswathi Pooja) I thought it deserves it own post. For garbanzo beans I usually add more dhaniya powder and use red chilly powder also dried red chillies. Adjust the spice level according to your taste.

Meanwhile these are the other sundals that I posted last year.

Here is the garbanzo beans sundal recipe,



  • Uncooked Garbanzo Beans – 1 cup
  • Water for soaking and pressure cooking.
  • Salt – 1 tsp (adjust according to your taste)
  • Dhaniya powder – 2 tsps
  • Red chilly powder – 1 tsp 
  • Dried red chillies – 3
  • Oil – 2 tsps
  • Coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dhal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 strand
  • Hing – 1 tsp



  • Soak the garbanzo beans overnight and pressure cook it for upto 2 whistles and drain the water.
  • Heat the kadai and add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot add mustard seeds, urad dhal and hing and split red chillies.
  • As they start splutter add the curry leaves and saute for a minute.
  • Now add the cooked beans and salt.
  • Add the dhaniya and red chilly powder.
  • Cook till the water evaporates.
  • Now add the grated coconut and mix well.


You can also use canned beans. In that case adjust the salt level as the canned beans are high in sodium content.


8 thoughts on “Garbanzo Beans Sundal

  1. Vasan

    I think you have forgotten to add the ‘3 red chilies’ in the recipe. they are in the ingredients but not in the recipe. I assume you add it to the ‘thaalichi potudu’?

  2. Sundal na Kondakadalai sundal only first comes to your mind. Reading through your post, felt pretty nostalgic too. In our household, we keep golu for Sankranti so during navarathri, we had no work but to visit all golu houses. oru oru sundal oru oru taste and by the time we come back home, we would have variety of sundals :)

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