Thursday, January 15, 2009

Kadamba Sundal ~ A protein packed Salad!

Growing up our family was never a salad family. For that matter, even my in-laws are not. Good healthy food always meant Biryani, Malai Koftas etc. at home. There was never a question of anybody wanting to diet or skipping meals because one meal was rich! If I am to remember well, none in my vicinity were conscious of eating Salads as a way to healthy meals! But turn around yourself, you hear people talking about salad. I really wonder why. Is it the latest fad! Infact I don't know what a salad is called in telugu. In Tamil, of course we use an equivalent term 'Sundal' to mean Salad, but sundal mostly denotes Chickpea Sundal that is made during the Navaratri.

At home when you are referring to salad, it mostly meant Onions, Fresh Cucumber, Carrot and Tomatoes. Well these may not actually cover the entire range, you could say, you are right! But for us it meant only these. Just think about it. When one has to cook Biryanis followed with all those items that make a full course of meal and laid a spread for the guests, these salads would be preferred? Or for that matter we would go to the extent of spending more time in prepping the vegetables, only to be stored away for later usage. Believe me, that's what happened the few times I spent hours on making a beautiful salad preparation, only to store it away for next day cooking. Nobody touched it! Of course, everybody appreciated and commended my artistic hand in making a salad look so beautiful. That my friend is the sad story of a salad that never got prepared much on a high scale for a party.

When one talks about salad, one cannot but think about dressing. Now that becomes even more tough! I have a big book with salad recipes and most talk about dressing which never appeals to my taste! And when it refers to Indian salads, they are invariably douched with lemon! Gosh I somehow can not palate a fresh lemon juice these days. I find that very shocking as I remember munching on lemon wedges when I was in my teens. Does one's taste preference change so much? Recently when our office cook wanted to make a sprouted salads, my colleague suggested lemon to be squeezed on top finally. I strongly protested. Knowing my south indian preference, I suggested they don't strangle the poor lemon. People can do it themselves if they want, I said. Being over enthusiastic the cook had many a lemon chopped into wedges and served. The big bowl of salads disappeared in no time, sadly the lemon wedges had to be stored away!

Until I find a dressing that's suitable to my palate, let me just do this the warm way with just seasoning with basic ingredients!

Kadambam means an assortment of flowers tied together in flower terminology. And this Kadamba Sundal is made with an assortment of lentils, legumes and nuts. The flovour each bean gives is exquisite! I don't think you have a distinct recipe for this Sundal, you can just about do a mix and match according to your taste!


Ingredients Needed:

Kabuli Channa /Chickpea - 1/2 cup
Brown Channa - 1/2 cup
Dried Peas, Mochai, Peanuts, Moong dal, Black eyed pea - fistful
Blanced Almonds - 5

Seasonings

Mustard seeds, Urad dal - 1 tsp
Channa dal - 1/2 tsp
Green Chilis - 1
Red Chilis - 2
Curry leaves - 5 - 6
Coriander leaves for garnish
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Method to prepare:

Since the cooking time is different for each lentil, pressure cook each of them separately. Let it drain. Chop the blanched almonds, keep aside.

Heat a pan with oil, season it with mustard seeds, channa dal, urad dal, chopped green chilies and red chilies. Saute for 2 mins.

Then add the drained legumes to the pan and season it with salt. Simmer for 2 mins and remove.

My entry to the My Legume Love affair started by Susan and hosted by me this month.

This is also my entry for JFI: Chickpea hosted by MS, an event started by Indira of Mahanandi.


We went to the open festival, do check out the details!


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38 comments :

Ann said...

feel like having some..

Asha said...

High protein and low fat! Excellent for pure vegetarians, isn't it? We all should eating like this everyday! :)

Rajani said...

loved to read your post on the neglected salad - i absolutely love the indian salads, sundals and kosambri and so on... this onesounds yum will make it and squeeze some lemon on top and think of you :)

indosungod said...

This is one of my favorites. I also add mango to it for the slight tart taste.

Priya said...

Kadamba sundal looks great n healthy...

Smitha said...

I love this dish, we call it Usuli in Karnataka.... It is absolutely delicious

Jaya said...

Sri,
my family (count in-laws also) also think salad to be only onion/tomato/cucumber wedges ....
this chick-pea sundal looks very delicious....
hugs and smiles

Chitra - spicelover said...

A very healthy sundal.every body shud have this atleast twice in a month:)

Vidhya said...

LOOKS REALLY REFRESHING. As you said, nobody in our family eat salad. But now my husband has started cutting carbs. So he eats brown rice and a whole lot of salad everyday and the difference in him, is really amazing and he has reduced more than 10 pounds. Now a days, when I stand next to him, I look like Moti :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious healthy sundal

Mrs.Kannan said...

Srii...I love Lemon squeezed on the top of any salad...Yours look good and healthy too.

Soma said...

really neat that u added the black chana in it too. healthy & high protein!

Ashwini Kenchanna said...

We call this Usli in Kannada. But no one thinks as a salad in our house. But everybody loves it as it is healthy..Nice Pictures..

sra said...

Valli, no idea what salads are called in Telugu (I don't know if there is a word as the concept of a salad is also not there, as far as I know), but sundal is called 'guggillu'.

Alka said...

SO very true,we too thought and believed that salad means rings of onion,tomato,cucumber salted and eaten with a dash of lemon juice(oops)and no body bothered to make exotic salads,and honestly speaking i cant feel STUFFED ENOUGH when i have just a salad in a meal,it has to be with dal ,roti,subzi
All the olives,mayonnaise and tofus rest in refrigerator as i hardly find any suitable recipe to interest my palate
This looks lovely enough to grab :-)

DEESHA said...

i too agree with you, salad is the latest fad everywhere, this one looks awesome

AnuSriram said...

Thats a healthy sundal! Nice photo... Looks inviting!

Deepa said...

Can u please tell how u prepared the chicken fry (which u showed along with chicken biriyani).I searched in ur blog.But I couldn't find it.

Varsha Vipins said...

Thats a healthy salad Valli..:)

Suma Rajesh said...

looks healthy and great..

Navita said...

Awesome...except the almonds I will put in all the good good stuff...ur sundal is so healthy...

Linda said...

Dear Sri,

Your sundal looks delicious and so fresh-flavored -- a nice change from rich winter food :)

Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy new year!

Navita said...

http://cooking-up-a-storm-zaayeka.blogspot.com/2009/01/simple-cheese-bruschetta.html

Plz accept my appreciation :)

Anonymous said...

In my 60 years of eating salads, raw, coocked, baked, the best salad in the world, the most tasty and refreshing is the Israeli "Arab Salad".
Red onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, green chile, fresh mint leaves,lemon, salt and olive oil.
All vegetables cut very fine, adding the mint and chile circles, and mix with the emulsion made from lemon, oliveoil and salt.

Simran said...

Sprout and legume salads are my all time favorite - and yes, I dress them with lemon juice :)

aquadaze said...

such a simple and nice salad this is!

Srivalli said...

Thank you everybody, glad you all liked this, nice to know I have company..:)!

Deepa, can you pls let me know the link of the chicken biryani, will check and let know you the chicken fry...

Sra, I almost forgot the telugu term..:))..we always have said sundal...my hubby of course says gugillu..

Anon, would've been great to know your name, will check out for Arab salad and see if I can make it...:)

Alka, I know the feeling, we too feel the same...

karuna said...

this indeed is a protein power pack. excellent snack.

A_and_N said...

Lovely sundal. Never done it before. Should try sometime! :)

Vij said...

Healthy n nutritious sundal!

Dershana said...

Hi srivalli, happy new year to you and family. thanks for enquiring about my looong absence, I've explained it in my blog now :-)

Loved reading your post. Ever tried hung curd seasoned with garlic and pepper for salad dressing?

sunshinemom said...

Why did I not try these? Too good!

vidhas said...

Very easy and simple recipe which contains lots of protein. good for vegetrains and pregnent mothers.

Jayashree said...

Belated Happy new year, Valli...
I went to the Chennai Sangamam too. Did you get to taste any of the food???

Miri said...

Our poriyals, are as good as any salad, according to me! I know, not raw and all that - but steam cooked till just right, not overcooked and lightly tempered - perfect desi salad!

ms said...

Hi srivalli,
Sundal is a classic recipe even served at temples. Great taste with less calories!

Thank you for a lovely recipe for JFI Chickpeas!

best,
ms

notyet100 said...

salad looks yum,..nd healthy.//

Sophie said...

I prefer salads like these, so nutritious and filling!

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