Karamani Sundal/ Black-Eyed Peas Snack

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Hope you had a wonderful 2011 and expect even better for 2012.  Last year was really good to me as my little one started to move around the house making her mommy work more and have fun at the same time. We are expecting another bundle of joy in a few weeks.  I am eagerly waiting for the debut date. I know there will be sleepless nights and frequent diaper changes. Still it is fun when I see the bundle opens eyes and trying to convey something to me. 
Cooking will become a rare event, usually surviving on bread and eggs, some rice and if lucky get some sides to go with it. This was our schedule when my princess was born. This time I am going to follow the same pattern.   Hope everything will go smoothly and see my joy comes healthy and safe. Nowadays we are praying to the God for that. We have very few friends over here to help and with no family around, it will be difficult but we will manage. 
Only last year did I come to know about the southern tradition of eating black eyed peas on New Year day as it brings good luck.  However, I made a spicy black eyed peas curry without knowing the tradition. So this time I remembered tradition, and bought a frozen black eyed peas during grocery shopping. My little one likes sundal, a kind of snack, that amma used to make for our after school. It is also an important dish that we make during Navarathri and festival when we pray to Goddess. When we were young, we loved to eat a sweet version of sundal, rather than savory version. But now I like to make a savory version. You can make sundal with any kind of legumes, especially, chickpeas,   black eyed peas, kidney beans etc and nuts like peanuts etc. Just cook the legumes/beans and then season it with coconut, mustard, red chili, and urad dal and curry leaves. It is one of the easy ways to increase your protein content in the diet.  I made black eyed peas sundal for this New Year here goes the recipe.

One year ago: Poee/Poli bread with spicy black-eyed peas curry
Two year ago: Fried green beans in Portuguese style
 Print recipe from here

What you need
Black-Eyed peas/ Karamani: 1 cup
Coconut chopped: 2 tablespoon
Salt: ¼ teaspoon or to taste
Red chili: 1 no
Mustard seeds: ¼ teaspoon
Urad dal: 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves: 1 sprig
Olive oil: 1 teaspoon
Water: 1 ½ cup

How I made

In a pressure cooker cook the black eyed peas for about 3 whistle or about 20 minutes and drain and set aside.
Heat a medium sauce pot and add one teaspoon oil and mustard seeds, urad dal, coconut pieces, red chili and curry leaves. When mustard seeds starts popping add cooked black eyed peas and mix everything to combine well.

Enjoy it as any time snack. 

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Yield: 2 serving (if you are liberal only 1 serving)
Verdict: Yummy, healthy
Will you make it again: Yes I will.
I am linking this delicious  snack to Hearth and Soul blog hop#81 hosted here.

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  1. says

    Happy New Year Swathi… didnt know about this south-indian tradition. but i love sundal of all kinds :) though i have never tried it with black-eyed peas before. This is a great variation! and congratulations on the impending new arrival…all the very best for a safe delivery.

  2. says

    This is a healthy snack Swathi.

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year..may this new year bring you lot of joy. Wishing you a safe delivery.

  3. says

    Your black eyed peas look delicious Swathi. I have heard of the tradition of eating them New Year’s Day but believe it or not I have never tasted them. Your recipe sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop, and for co-hosting! Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

  4. says

    Love your black eyed peas, Swathi! I would make a total side-dish out of these yummy peas! so healthy and satisfying, and of course…goo luck for the new year:D

  5. says

    took a lot of time to scroll through your fans to reach the comments box. Hope you are happy this new year, and so reflects your blog. Indeed a Healthy recipe!!