Karamani Sundal: Black Eyed Peas Salad



I'm trying to eat healthy these days, which is hard given my favorite food group is potato chip. Maintaining a steady weight has been a lifelong battle for me. Despite all the swimming, skating, and dance lessons, as a child I was always a little chubby. At the age of 14 I became very involved with performing Bharatha Natyam, and in a phase of intense dancing, exercise, and strict eating I reduced to about 100 pounds. Unfortunately as the exercise slowed, and the eating habits returned so did the pounds. Upon entering university the stress of school had me in a downward spiral of bad eating habits. 50 pounds later, I was truly miserable. Graduation brought on the pressure from my parents to get married to a desi, and heading into the superficial world of meeting prospective grooms while being overweight was the worst kind of nightmare. So I got motivated, hit the gym regularly, and went back on the strict diet. The weight came off and I realized I had never felt better in my life. Then it happened, marriage. The comfort of being in a great relationship compounded with the innumerable dinners out, cocktail parties, and weekends entertaining friends have now regressed me back another 15 pounds.

I have many friends who seem to be naturally skinny, those who have always been 'big boned', and those who can't seem to maintain a consistent weight. What makes us all so different? Is the world we live in a factor to our eating habits, or is it all ultimately about self control?

Writing this post just made me realize that every phase of my life has been marked with a drastic change in my weight. Having established that the successful formula is a regime of intense exercise accompanied by a strict diet, it would seem the recurring problem revolves around maintaining the routine and self control. In hopes of conquering this lifelong battle, I am posting a series of Healthy Eating Recipes, and hopefully I will be motivated to prepare delicious food that fits the low calorie requirement on a regular basis. I think I might hold a blogging event on this at some point, what do you guys think?

Karamani Sundal: Black Eyed Peas South Indian Style
serves 2 as a side dish
1 cup of dried black eyed peas soaked overnight, 1/2 cup of diced raw mango, 2 tsp mustard seeds, 2 dried red chillies, 3 curry leaves, 1/4 tsp asafoetida

*Soak the Karamani Black Eyed Peas overnight covered in water.

1. Boil the peas in salted water, until they are tender but not mushy.
2. Drain the peas.
3. Splutter the mustards seeds in olive oil, add the red chillies, asafoetida and curry leaves.
4. Add the peas, mango and mix.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Black eyed peas are low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are low in sodium. They are high in potassium, iron, and fiber.


per serving
Quantity 1/2 cup
Energy (Calories) 162
Carbohydrates (grams) 19.3
Protein (Grams) 6.5
Cholesterol (Milligrams) 0
Fat (Grams) 7.25
Saturated Fat (grams) 1

35 comments:

Namratha said...

Hi Beautiful Girl:) This is my first time here, Sundal looks amazing and I had tried this once long ago when I ran out of black channa and lilva. I simply love it! :)

Namratha said...

Oops I missed the raw mango, that's a nice twist..will try:)

Roopa said...

lovely sundal kanchana its a very nice twist with mango adds more flavour.

bee said...

black eyed peas never looked this chic. great pics.

SPICE OF LIFE said...

hi Kanchana , I can totally identify with you ...I have also had different weight during different phase of life ..and I am also making a concious effort to eat healthy...will defintely try this sundal ...looking forward to more such healthy recipes :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh my God Kanchana, you have written my story. Sigh... Good luck from a fellow "why does everything I eat go to my hips" woman...

You have an awesome blog here.

-Madhu

Nags said...

hey babes.. i know how tuff it is to keep a cooking blog updated.. but this is an awesome theme u r on now.. if you make an event out of it, i will definitely take part..

so bring it on, and u have my participation, guaranteed!!

by the way, your template is nice, though i totally understand that you got bored of it. i think that happens when its one'w own template :D

ramya said...

hi ur mostly like me.i was lean till my school days.then i started gaining but major gain is after i gave birth to my child now i look double.waiting for some more recipes from u.and never thought making with black eyed peas though i make this with kaala chana.

Raaga said...

even S and I have started healthy eating and exercising into our routine. And karamani sundal was on our plate last week :-)

Srivalli said...

Nice looking karamai Kachnana...it was great reading your post...well trying to reduce weight eternally!...will be a great event...pls do..

Kamini said...

Kanchana, You are echoing everyones woes now... Eating healthy does not mean eating tasteless, bland boring stuff as yur sundal shows

Rachna said...

go go go with the slimming event...

this weight of ours yo-yoing is a life long struggle kanch... you are yet to hit another phase that will have no control over the gain...preggyness... i know i ballooned...not that i wasnt humpty dumpty b4 that...but being preggy makes u eat guilt free... and now the battle is on to loose ..sigh... thats life...

and i love your lobhia salad... never seen this bean in a salad... cooolest lobhia dish.... bring on more of the slimming dishes

Anonymous said...

Hi Kanchana,
I think I'm already in love with the Eating Healthy series. Look forward to all the future posts.

I've been a long time lurker here - you have a really nice blog and I love your recipes, especially the traditional Tamil ones.

Mamatha

Asha said...

YUM!!! I love any Sundal or Usili as we call it with rice ,specially with yogurt rice.Good job K!:))

Savithri said...

Love the idea of a healthy eating series. It is a very big trend nowadays considering the obesity epidemic in North America.

I think when I hear the words 'heathly' I automatically feel it won't taste good. You have shown that isn't true with your recipe! Look forward to many more:)

TBC said...

Weight is and always has been an issue for me too.
I usually make this with chana & kadala. Will try using this the next time.

Pooja V said...

I have been trying 2 shed a few pounds but seems to me that its integral part of anatomy but i guess never give up is d motto. Ur post has inspired me to try a li'll harder. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

Jyothsna said...

I can totally relate to your post! Happiness is fattening!:)

Padma said...

That looks awesome with some stats on nutrition intake...great pics, as Bee said I too agree on that !

timepass said...

Hey, I had posted a comment and it disappeared?? Sundal looks yummy kanchana..do share more dieting tips too

Sharmi said...

looks delicious. I love mango chunks in my sundal. gives a great taste.

Mandira said...

Hi Kanchana, this looks utterly delicious! great lunch meal idea. Also, I am working on a story and want to talk to you. Could you please send me an email ahaarmail@gmail.com? thanks for your help.

Latha Narasimhan said...

Nice recipe kanchana! Pictures look tempting!

Padmaja said...

Hi Kanchana
How r u doing?
Back from holiday and things are getting into routine now!!
Love u'r recipe and love that new beautiful picture on the top right!!

Anita said...

Strict exercise regimen, yes. But never a strict diet! A good, balanced diet :-D But the exercise part is what I hate...am good with the balance part.

Your pictures are so enticing - making even black eyed peas look so exotic!

Vcuisine said...

Sundal is looking great Kanchana. Viji

Sandeepa said...

Your weight is perfect Kanchana, don't fret :)
But eating healthy is a very good option no doubt. I go into these, in phases like 2 weeks of healthy eating followed by several weeks of no heed to what I am eating :)

Roopa(KitchenAromas) said...

You are right, healthy eating need not be an oxymoron! The sundal looks awesome and I'm game if you make an event out of this!

sunita said...

The salad looks lovely...and I think so do you :)

USHA said...

Hi Kanchana,

What a healthy recipe...with values too...thats really a gr8 post....karamani is my hubby's favourite legume.....

Divya & Chaya said...

Hi Kanchan..first time here. Like you I am also on a weight losing regime now..cooking mostly low calorie food.Yup, movitation is the key I guess(:-). Keep it up!

Happy cook said...

Sundal looks good healtjy.
I know what you mean. I think i am always in diet and i know some friends of mine just eat and eat and eat and doesn't get one gram. and i will be like oh shoudn't eat too much of this or that.
I am going to look to your healthy recipes.
Good luck

Heera said...

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Thanks
Heera

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kvs said...

is this karamani? i thought cowpeas are karamani