A kind of sundal known as "Thenga, manga, pattani sundal" is a popular street and beach food, sold by vendors carrying stainless steel buckets filled with the sundal made with green peas (pattani), made tangy with slivers of raw mango (manga), and garnished with coconut gratings (thengai). Sold in paper cones, beach and sundal go hand in hand, and are in the DNA of most south Indians living in coastal Tamilnadu.
Sundal is a high energy, protein- and complex-carb rich food that is part of the balanced South Indian meal. It is such a brilliant part of the typically high carb (rice) meal that's a staple in most south Indian homes.
Add carrot gratings, and diced cucumbers for an even healthier complete meal. They make a great after-school/ afternoon pick me up!
I wouldn't skip the lemon jucie and cilantro as chana dal by itself is, let's be honest, pretty boring. The coconut, lime and cilantro add a bright flavor that's unbeatable!