Healthy Snack for Diabetics ~ Chickpea Salad or Sundal!

>>  Friday, April 17, 2009

I know I had promised to come up with menu and diet details for Diabetes. So first in the series is going to be a simple one that's quite common in atleast the South Indian homes. I remember my Amma making this so often when her father was with us for a while. The evenings used to be some salad or the other for sure. Then Dad insisted she makes some evening snack and some legume used to find its way to evening snack.

When we talk about a Diabetic diet, there are many factors that we got to consider. First being, they should eat small measures about 4 -5 times a day, ensuring they keep their sugar levels on control. This means they cannot stuff themselves with heavy meal in one serving. So they will have to split accordingly and at the same time ensure they don't stay hungry.

This simple and quick Indian salad ensures we address the protein requirement and also mental satisfaction.

Ingredients Needed:

Chickpea - 1 cup
Onions - 1 big
Coriander leaves handful
Curry leaves handful
Green chillies - 2 long

For Seasoning

Oil - 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Method to prepare:

Wash and Soak Chickpea for atleast 6 hrs or over night. Wash and pressure cook till tender.

Then take a kadai and add oil. Once its hot, add mustard Urad dal. Then add the curry leaves and chopped onions along the chopped green chillies. Saute well.

Once the onions turn pink add the cooked chickpea and salt. Simmer for 5 mins for the salt to absorb.

Finally garnish with coriander leaves

I normally pressure cook the chickpea with little salt, so adjust it while sauteing. The onions are not browned, but are left pink so that they still maintain the crunchiness.

Serving Tips: If you are serving this to others, you can even garnish fresh grated coconut, especially the kids will love it. But diabetics can avoid this garnish as its not advisable to consume coconut.


Divya Vikram April 17, 2009 at 11:28 PM  

Simple n protein packed snack! Your post reminds me that it is long since I made sundal..

meeso April 18, 2009 at 2:03 AM  

That is healthy and also so tasty!

Susan April 27, 2009 at 8:28 AM  

Looks delicious and easy! Just read the late March post and wondered if you would be sharing diabetic-friendly recipes...and voila! Thanks!

Pooja May 25, 2009 at 1:36 AM  

Quick and healthy snack..In previous generations diabetes is attacked at 40s or 50s.Now a days present lifestyle demands us to check up ourselves from late twenties...

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