Kadala Thel Dala | Stir fried Chickpeas


The second dish for the Sri Lankan cuisine theme is a popular snack called Kadala Thel Dala which is quite similar to the sundal prepared in Tamil cuisine. One main difference is the addition of onion to this dish which is not usually added to sundal but which makes this a simple yet delicious bowl of snack.


Serves 2

Recipe adapted from here


1 cup boiled chickpeas
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
1/2 tsp chilly powder
1 tsp vegetable oil


  • Heat the oil in a pan
  • Add mustard seeds and cumin.
  • Once the mustard seeds pop, add the curry leaves and onion and fry for 3-4 minutes or till the onion turns golden brown
  • Add the chickpeas, salt and chilly powder
  • Fry for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve hot.


  1. Soak the chickpeas overnight in sufficient water and pressure cook for 3 whistles and then use in this recipe
  2. The onion will cook faster if sliced very thinly


This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme, ‘Sri Lankan Cuisine’.


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11 Comments Add yours

  1. usha says:

    This is exactly how we make sundal, with onion and also little bit of garlic. Am sure even no garlic one tastes equally delicious.

  2. I agree with you that this is our traditional sundal with onions. With or without I make both versions and love both of them equally.

  3. Priya Kumar says:

    Looks like this srilankan recipe similer to north indian chat type chola. Just that we don’t add curry leaves in that. Addition of curry leave must have added extra flavor to it.

  4. Priya Suresh says:

    Interesting find, adding onions will definitely brings a subtle flavor to this stir fried chickpeas na, delicious dish.

  5. I personally like my sundal better with onion than coconut and this would be something I would love. One more great recipe to make for more protein intake.

  6. Pavani says:

    I love this simple chickpea stir fry. Would definitely make it sometime.

  7. In Malayalam, chickpeas is called kadala! One thing I loved while searching SL cuisine is how much similar it is to Kerala food… Love this simple stir fry, especially with those browned onion…

  8. Srivalli Jetti says:

    That sundal looks so yum and inviting Sowmya, I enjoyed reading through the SL cuisine and was impressed with some dishes..good take on their food!

  9. Sapana Behl says:

    That is a very inviting looking chickpeas recipe. Love this version.

  10. Suja Ram says:

    I have not tried making Sundals with onion. Personally, love to temper with grated coconut only. But, your version is too tempting, lovely pics too!

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