Sundal Kulambhu / Chickpeas Curry


         Chickpeas Curry or Sundal Kulambhu is a traditional dish in South India which is healthy, tasty, tangy and flavorful. When combined with plain hot boiled rice mixed with little sesame oil or ghee , this makes a  wonderful lunch . This can be made with drumsticks or baby eggplant. This dish and rice goes well with keerai masiyal  or mashed spinach.


      1/2 Cup of Boiled Chickpeas
      1 Chopped Onion(Big)
      5 Garlic Cloves
      1 Tbsp of Tomato Puree
      Lemon Size Tamarind  
      1/2 Tsp of Turmeric
      1 Tbsp of Kulambu Masala Powder
      1/2 Tsp of Sugar or Jaggery
      Salt and water as needed

 To Temper

      2-3 Tbsp of Gingelly(Sesame Oil)
      3 Red Chillies
      1 Tsp of Mustard
      1 Tsp of Urad Dal
      1/2 Tsp of Fenugreek
      Few Curry Leaves
      Pinch of Hing(Asafoetida)


  • Soak chickpeas in salt water for overnight (8 hrs)and cook in a pressure cooker with salt and water just enough to immerse chickpeas for 3 whistles then turn to low heat and keep it for 10 mins and then turn off.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add red chillies, wait until it turns to dark brown color.
  • Add mustard, urad dal, fenugreek, curry leaves and hing (add one by one)
  • Add chopped onion and salt saute for few mins until it turns transparent.
  • Add garlic and fry for few mins.
  • Add tomato puree, turmeric, kulambu masala powder and drumsticks. Sprinkle some water and cover it with a lid and cook in a medium flame for 3-4 mins.
  • Now add cooked chickpeas and tamarind juice. Mix well and cook in medium flame for 7-10 mins.
  • When the kulambu gets thick enough, add sugar and turn off the stove.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy with rice…


  • When you soak the chickpeas for overnight add some salt so that it soften the skin and also reduce the cooking time. Wash it 2-3 times before you pressure cook.
  • Use shallots instead of big onion.
  • You can use 2 tsp coriander powder and 1tsp of chilly powder instead of kulambhu masala powder.

Health Benefits of Chickpeas

  • High in fiber and protein.
  • Low in glycemic index.
  • Reduce the risk of Heart disease.

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