Sundal is a very nutritious vegan snack where navy beans are cooked, then tossed in a flavorful seasoning. It’s a very healthy, easy and protein rich dish that can be put together in minutes!
Recipe courtesy of Priya Lakshminarayan, blogger at Cookilicious.
Sundal brings back childhood memories of time spent with my grandparents. We would visit them during our annual holidays. They would always ensure that my brother and I had a great time while we were there! They would take us for picnics and local sightseeing. My Nani (maternal Grandmother) would pack many wonderful treats for us to have on-the-go. One such snack (and my favorite) was Sundal. I have many fond memories of eating this snack while sitting on the cool sand at the beach and watching the waves – such a therapeutic experience!
Those days are now long gone, and I’m no longer that little girl, but whenever I make this dish, it always takes me back. The nostalgia associated with certain kinds of food never fades!
Sundal can be prepared with any kind of pulse/legume or bean, but my grandmother preferred chickpeas. That taste and flavor is something I can never replicate no matter how hard I try, the taste just doesn’t seem like how I remember it, though it’s close! I think of her whenever I make Sundal. So do try this classic South Indian recipe today – you won’t be disappointed!
World Pulses Day
In order to celebrate the second annual World Pulses Day (February 10, 2020) in collaboration with the US Dry Bean Council, I decided to prepare navy beans in Sundal for two main reasons – because beans are an important part of the pulse category, and also a beloved staple ingredient in the cuisine of many cultures, such as mine.
Did you know – World Pulses Day is a designated United Nations global event, meant to celebrate the variety, versatility and influence of pulses worldwide? This is indeed a great way of promoting consumption of pulses. In terms of both their nutritional qualities and their culinary potential, “pulses” which is a catch-all phrase for legumes, like lentils, beans, and peas, provide an excellent source of protein and are also environmentally friendly. Not to mention, they taste delicious!