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October 2, 2013


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peanut sundal

Peanut sundal recipe (verkadalai sundal) was in my try list for long time. Actually I wanted to post this during last year Navratri . But I couldn’t.I am happy at least this year I could do it.We all love peanuts very much but I don’t buy it often. So very rarely peanuts make its appearance in my kitchen. This time i bought peanuts just to prepare this sundal.We loved it..Recently we went to a golu dolls exhibition to see the latest arrivals.Raksha wanted to buy this “Gandhi bommai” to keep in kolu.I kept it in the background and clicked this sundal picture last week.Today being Gandhi jayanthi , i thought of sharing this post with Gandhi doll in background Smile with tongue out. Happy Gandhi jayanthi friends Smile.
Before going to the recipe,I would like to share a tip which I read in a magazine.It would be useful during this Navratri.
For quick soaking of legumes and to get a soft sundal,heat water above boiling point (let it over boil) and pour it in a hot pack. Now wash and add the grains. Add a big pinch of cooking soda in the water.Mix well and cover the hot pack tightly.By doing this way, grains soak well in lesser time .Soda helps the grains to cook soft.Before pressure cooking , rinse the grains well to remove the soda and then pressure cook it adding required salt and water.It cooks very well yet firm and soft ..I have followed this tip for soaking rajma , white channa and green peas.If u follow this method , these grains need only 3-4 hours of soaking time.Even peanuts need very less soaking time may be 20-30 minutes…Try this tip. It surely works great !..
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Peanut sundal recipe

Peanut sundal recipe How to make peanut sundal/Verkadalai sundal for Navratri festival !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snacks
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 120 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 140 Minutes

1 cup - 200ml
  • Peanuts / verkadalai – 1/2 cup
  • Grated coconut – 3 tbsp
  • Salt and water – as needed
To temper
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves –few
  • Grated ginger – 1 tsp
  • Red chillies – 2 nos (pinched)
  • Lemon juice - few drops (optional)
  • Wash and soak peanuts/ pacha verkadalai in hot water for 2 hours. Pressure cook it adding required salt in very low flame for 3 whistles.Open the cooker after the steam is released properly.Drain the excess water and set aside.
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  • In a pan , temper all the above said ingredients and add the cooked peanuts.Saute well and add the grated coconut. Mix well for few minutes.Squeeze little lemon juice if desired.
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Enjoy !

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  1. my fav sundal In fact this is very addictive

  2. sundal and gandhi at the back...novel idea!

  3. i love this sundal...super yum and perfect for pooja


  4. Who can resist to this beautiful bowl,inviting sundal.

  5. Lovely. Love sundal.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. My fav sundal..looks perfect..

  7. Very nice sundal for Navarathri. Great theme for Gandhi Jayanthi also, as they say it is his favorite snack:)

    1. oh , I never knew peanuts are gandhi ji's fav.:)

  8. Love boiled peanuts a lot and this sundal too, inviting pics there n the perfect prop for the day, good one :)


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