Sundal for Diwali

Today is the first day of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights celebrated by millions around the world. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, this simple, flavorful snack is a great way to enjoy a healthy, traditional Indian snack.

Chickpeas in Tomato Sauce
Chickpeas in Tomato Sauce / Rachel Hathaway / CC BY 2.0


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Sundal is a traditional Indian snack that meets our golden rule of snacking: a little protein and a little healthful fat. Coconut and tomato bring a sweet and tart flavor combination to the smoky heat of the chili.

Servings: 4 (85 g )

Prep Time: 10 min.


  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 1 chili pepper, halved and seeds removed
  • ⅛ tsp. asafetida or garlic powder
  • 1 (15 oz.) can low-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 plum tomato, chopped
  • ⅛ tsp. salt


  1. Heat oil in a medium sauté pan over medium.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the chili and asafetida or garlic powder.
  3. Add the chickpeas and sauté until warm (3-4 minutes).
  4. Stir in the coconut, tomato, and salt. Serve hot.