Healthy Snacks: How to Make Split Chickpea Usli (Chana Dal Sundal)

Updated on March 25, 2018
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Chana Dal or Split Chickpea Usli is a High Protein and Fiber-rich Snack

We normally make boiled split chickpea usli during festivals. This nutrient-dense dish is a favorite food of many. It is a mildly spicy, very healthy, rather savory starter dish.

Chickpeas are rich in fiber and protein. This fiber content in them helps to improve digestion. Chickpea dishes are filling, so they can help control your appetite. They may even help protect against heart disease and cancer. They provide the body with essential vitamins and minerals. They are very delicious when boiled.

This dish is also known as:

  • Kadale Bele Kosumbari
  • Split Chickpea Usli
  • Chana Dal Sundal

You can eat this mildly spiced and flavored salad (usli) as a snack. Because the chickpeas are boiled, they are soft. They have a pleasant mouthfeel too. Old people and youngsters love this dish because the peas are easily chewable and digestible.

Now, let me share the split chickpea usli/salad recipe with you.

5 stars for Split Chickpea Usli or Chana Dal Kosumbari

Cook Time

Prep time: 8 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup split de husked chickpea or chana dal
  • 2 green chilies, slit, cut lengthwise
  • 1/4 inch ginger, optional, I used
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice, optional, I used
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp hing/asafetida
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut or as per taste
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • a pinch sugar, optional
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Split Chickpea Usli or Chana Dal Sundal

  1. Take split chickpea (chana dal) in a pressure cooker container.
  2. Add one and a half cups of water and some salt. Cook it till two whistles and simmer for 3 minutes. Turn off the stove.
  3. Remove the lid once the pressure lowers naturally. Strain the mix. No need to remove the entire water from the split chickpeas. Let them be wet. Collect them in a bowl.
  4. Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan or wok. Throw in mustard seeds. Let them splutter.
  5. Add hing. Press it a little with a spoon. Add curry leaves and chopped green chilies. Saute for a minute.
  6. Add cooked split chickpea(chana dal). Saute them along with the seasonings. No need to add salt, as you have already put salt while cooking the split chickpea.
  7. If the mix is too dry, sprinkle a few drops of water on it. This is just to help the split chickpeas to absorb the spices.
  8. Add grated ginger(optional), grated coconut, sugar, and lemon juice(optional). Mix well. Turn off the stove.
  9. Check for the salt. Adjust accordingly.
  10. Your favorite chana dal sundal is ready to munch. Serve 2-3 tablespoons of them, hot or warm in a plate.
  11. These are filling snacks. Enjoy eating these delicious protein snacks.
  12. This snack remains fresh for a day in normal temperature. You can store it in a refrigerator for one more day.

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de-husked split chickpeaStep one: Cook the split chickpeas as per instructions.Step two: Strain them. Collect the split chickpeas.Step three: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Throw in hing powder. Saute for few seconds. Throw in slit green chilies and curry leaves. Saute further for a minute.Step four: Add cooked split chickpeas. Mix them with the seasonings. Stir the mix till the water evaporates from them.Step five: Add grated ginger(optional), sugar, grated coconut, and lemon juice(optional). Thoroughly mix.Step six: Check for the taste. Add salt if needed. Now your favorite chana dal sundal is ready to munch.Serve 2-3 tablespoons of them in a plate. Enjoy the taste!
de-husked split chickpea
de-husked split chickpea
Step one: Cook the split chickpeas as per instructions.
Step one: Cook the split chickpeas as per instructions.
Step two: Strain them. Collect the split chickpeas.
Step two: Strain them. Collect the split chickpeas.
Step three: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Throw in hing powder. Saute for few seconds. Throw in slit green chilies and curry leaves. Saute further for a minute.
Step three: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Throw in hing powder. Saute for few seconds. Throw in slit green chilies and curry leaves. Saute further for a minute.
Step four: Add cooked split chickpeas. Mix them with the seasonings. Stir the mix till the water evaporates from them.
Step four: Add cooked split chickpeas. Mix them with the seasonings. Stir the mix till the water evaporates from them.
Step five: Add grated ginger(optional), sugar, grated coconut, and lemon juice(optional). Thoroughly mix.
Step five: Add grated ginger(optional), sugar, grated coconut, and lemon juice(optional). Thoroughly mix.
Step six: Check for the taste. Add salt if needed. Now your favorite chana dal sundal is ready to munch.
Step six: Check for the taste. Add salt if needed. Now your favorite chana dal sundal is ready to munch.
Serve 2-3 tablespoons of them in a plate. Enjoy the taste!
Serve 2-3 tablespoons of them in a plate. Enjoy the taste!

Nutritional Information of Chana Dal Sundal(Chickpea Sundal)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 225
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 20 g7%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 8 g32%
Protein 10 g20%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 102 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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