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Corn Chickpea Salad - Sweet Corn & Chickpea Sundal | Masala Sundal

A healthy, easy, protein rich, vegan snack from Southern India prepared with sweet corn & Chickpeas.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer/Maincourse, Snacks / Festive snack
Cuisine: Indian (South Indian)
Keyword: Chickpea Corn Salad, Sundal, Masala Sundal
Servings: 6
Author: Padma Veeranki


  • 1 Cup Chickpeas Soak overnight & pressure cook with little salt or Drain & use Canned
  • 1 1/2 Cup Sweet Corn Kernels I’m using Canned, Drain & Use
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 tsp Channa Dal
  • 3-4 Dry Red Chillies Broken in halves
  • A pinch of Asafoetida
  • Few Curry leaves
  • 1 Onion Thinly Sliced
  • 1 tbsp Curry Leaves Powder or Sambar Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Grate Fresh or Frozen
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot enough, add mustard seeds & cumin seeds. Allow them to pop and then add urad dal & channa dal.
  • Sauté for few seconds & then add broken dry red chillies. Sauté for few more seconds until lentils turn golden & add asafoetida.
  • Then add in a few curry leaves. To this add thinly sliced onions.
  • Add a little salt to soften the onions.
  • Sauté until the onions turn translucent but they should still have some crunch.
  • Add boiled chickpeas & sweet corn kernels. Give it a good mix.
  • You can add coconut grate at this stage & turn off the heat for the not so spicy version.
  • Spicy Version: Proceed further & add THIS spice mix. I’m using the Curry Leaves Powder Mix. You can also substitute this with Sambar powder.
  • Adjust salt and mix well. Fry for 2 minutes & finally add grated coconut & some freshly chopped coriander. Mix well & turn off the heat.
  • Serve hot or cold like a salad.

Recipe Video


  • I have used canned chickpeas & sweet corn for this recipe. 
  • Please exclude onion & garlic if you are making this Salad/Sundal for Navratri or any other festival.
  • Adjust spice levels to suit your taste.
  • Using Curry Leaves Powder is optional, but it gives a unique flavour to the salad.
  • Feel free to also include veggies like carrot, cabbage, cucumber, etc to make it a wholesome meal. You can also add some roasted peanuts for a crunch.