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September 28, 2019

Kondakadalai Masala Sundal Recipe – Black Chana Sundal Recipe

I learnt this kondakadalai masala sundal recipe from my neighbor. Last year during Ganesh Chaturthi I got this black chana sundal from her as prasadam. It was so flavorful and tasted yummy. Raksha loved it a lot. I asked the recipe from her and started making it regularly at home for Raksha’s sake. Generally, for offering God we need to make no onion no garlic sundal during Navaratri. For every occasion, I make a portion of sundal without onion garlic, reserve it for pooja and make the remaining sundal by adding masala. For making this masala sundal, we are using onion and kurma powder / garam masala powder which enhances the taste and flavor. We can make this sundal using white kabuli chana / chickpeas or black ones based on our wish. Both tastes great. Friends, do try this masala sundal by reserving some soaked legumes. You will love it. Lets see how to make karuppu kondakadalai sundal / black chana sundal adding masala with step by step pictures.

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Black chana sundal recipe / Kondakadalai Masala sundal

Black chana sundal recipe / Kondakadalai sundal

Black chana sundal / Karuppu kondakadalai sundal with masala flavor

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sundal recipes
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Brown chana/ chickpeas - 1 cup
  • Big onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Garam masala powder / Kurma powder - 1/2 to 1 tsp
  • Green chilli – 1(slit into 2)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Asafetida / Hing - 1/8 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  1. Wash and soak brown/ black chana in required water over night or 8 hours.
  2. Drain the soaked water and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.
  3. In a kadai, heat oil. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds , hing and curry leaves.
  4. When it splutters, add onion and green chilli. Saute till transparent.
  5. Add garam masala powder, salt Mix well. for a minute in low flame.
  6. Add cooked chana, mix well. Cook for minute.
  7. Lastly add grated coconut. Switch off the flame.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Wash and soak chana / chickpeas in a bowl adding enough water. Soak it for 12 hours or overnight for best result. The next day, drain the water and add the soaked chana in a pressure cooker.

  • Add enough water to cover the chana. Pressure cook it for 2 to 3 whistles in low flame. Remove after the steam is released completely. Press to check it soft and well cooked. Drain the excess water if any and set aside.

  • Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds. Add hing, curry leaves. Saute finely chopped onion and a  slit green chilli.

  • Lower the flame completely and add the garam masala powder in oil. Saute quickly. Add the cooked chana, required salt and mix well. If necessary, add little water too.
  • Let it boil in low flame for few minutes. Lastly add grated coconut, mix well and switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves. If you wish, you can add some lemon juice too. Serve warm or hot ! Enjoy.  


  • You can use white or brown chana.
  • White tastes the best but we use brown chana for festivals.
  • To make the chana soft, you can add a pinch of baking soda while soaking in the water. Drain the soaked water completely, wash it twice and then pressure cook.
  • For variations, you can add chilli powder in oil instead of green chilli.

Friends, do try this masala chana sundal for a variation and enjoy !

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September 23, 2019

Sundal Varieties For Navratri – Navarathri Sundal Recipes

sundal varieties for navratri

In South India, Sundal is the most important and must prepare prasadam recipes during Navaratri. 9 varieties of sundal is prepared during this nine days (Nava means 9 , ratri is night) festival in Tamil nadu. Apart from tradition, there are some scientific reasons to consume legumes / navadhaniyam during Navratri days. Though we can make varieties of sweets and snacks, sundal recipes are mainly prepared and distributed as prasad to friends and relatives who visit our house Golu. The most common sundal varieties are chana /chickpeas/  kondakadalai sundal using white and brown ones, peas/ pattani sundal, green gram dal / pachai payaru sundal, Cowpeas / karamani sundal, Field beans/ mochai sundal, Kidney beans / rajma sundal, moong dal/ paasi paruppu sundal, and 9 mixed legumes / navadhaniyam sundal.  The basic preparation of sundal recipes is very simple. For this, legumes are soaked overnight, pressure cooked, tempered with spices and finally garnished with grated coconut. Some sundal recipes like chana dal sundal, sweet corn, green gram, cowpeas, moong dal sundal recipes can be prepared instantly without soaking. But all sundal recipes should be prepared without onion and garlic as we are offering to God. But nowadays people make variations by adding garam masala, sundal powder etc. So far I have shared more than 15 different types of sundal recipes in my blog. Lets see all under one page in this post.



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January 4, 2019

Paal Poli Recipe – Milk Poli – Paal Poori Recipe

Paal poli recipe
 Paal poli recipe also known as paal poori ( milk poli) is a traditional south Indian dessert recipe. This sweet is prepared with poori and sweetened milk. Poori can be prepared with maida / all purpose flour or chiroti rava. Similarly sweetened milk can be made by boiling and reducing the milk adding sugar or by adding condensed milk. Paal poli is usually served in Tamil brahmins wedding feast. They also make it for festivals like Tamil new year, avani avittam, bhogi and krishna jayanthi. I have tasted this in my friend’s house but she had dipped the maida poori in badam milk. I loved it very much and wanted to try at home. Finally I prepared it for this New year celebration and thought of starting my 2019 recipes with this delicious sweet. As this is my first attempt, I followed an authentic recipe from my cookbook collections. Sendhil loved it very much. I liked it too. Though the procedure seems to be lengthy, it can be prepared easily. Just make maida poori and dunk in sweetened, reduced milk. I served it by garnishing with lots of nuts and saffron for enhanced flavor and taste. Friends, do try this yummy paal poli recipe for festivals and occasions at home. I am sure your family members would love it. Lets see how to make paal poli recipe with step by step pictures.

Paal poli

Paal poli recipe / Paal poori / Milk poli recipe

Paal poli recipe / Paal poori / Milk poli recipe

Traditional South Indian dessert recipe - Paal poli prepared using maida poori and sweetened milk.

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 6 to 8
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Maida / all purpose flour - 1/2 cup
  • Coarse Rava / Semolina / Sooji - 1/2 tbsp
  • Ghee - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Water - as needed
For sweetened milk
  • Milk - 1/2 liter ( 2 cups)
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Edible camphor - a pinch (optional, I used it)
  • Chopped cashew nuts, badam, chironji - a handful
  • Saffron threads - few
  1. To make paal poli, take maida, rava, ghee and salt in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add water gradually and make a smooth, non-sticky, stiff dough.
  3. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes. Cover and keep it aside.
  4. In the mean time boil milk. Boil till its reduced slightly.
  5. Add sugar, cardamom powder and chopped nuts. Mix well and switch off the flame.
  6. After 15 minutes, take the dough. Knead well. Roll thick, small poori by dusting in maida.
  7. Heat oil in a kadai. Deep fry poori both the sides. Do not over fry like papad.
  8. Remove the poori, drain the oil and add to milk.

  • In a wide bowl, take maida, rava, salt and ghee. Mix well to spread ghee in the flour.

  • Add water gradually and make a smooth, non-sticky, tight dough. Knead for few minutes. Cover and rest for 15 minutes to 30 minutes.

  • In the mean time boil milk in a pan. When its quantity is reduced slightly, add sugar, chopped nuts and saffron. Boil till sugar melts and switch off the flame. Add a pinch of powdered edible camphor for nice flavor. Its optional though.

    • Take the dough and knead for a minute. Make lemon sized balls. Dust it with maida if needed. Roll into thick, small poori.

    • Heat oil to deep fry. Check oil temperature by dropping a pinch of dough. If it rises to the top immediately, its heated. Drop one poori and pat it gently. It will puff up and comes to top. Flip and cook the other side. Remove and drain the oil. You can fold into half moon shape if you wish.

      • Dunk the poori in milk and set aside to soak for 30 minutes. Serve warm or cold. Garnish with more nuts and saffron if you like. 

      Enjoy !


      • Adjust the quantity of sugar as per your taste.
      • Do not add more rava. It makes the poori hard.
      • Do not over fry the poori. It will become a papad.

      Try this yummy, delicious paal poori and enjoy.
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      October 15, 2018

      Chalimidi, Vadapappu, Panakam - Andhra Naivedyam Recipes

      Vadapappu, Chalimidi and Panakam are the 3 most popular and quick and easy naivedyam recipes of Andhra. It is usually prepared for Ramanavami , Varalakshmi vratham and on the first day of Navratri. All these 3 prasdams can be prepared under 10 minutes. Chalimidi is of two types. One is pachi chalimidi is an uncooked version which is made of rice flour and powdered jaggery. Second one is Pakkam chalimidi in which rice flour is cooked in jaggery syrup. In Tamil, it is called as Maavilakku. Today I have shared Pachi chalimidi recipe. Traditionally chalimidi is prepared using homemade processed rice flour. But today I have shared a quick version using store bought rice flour/Idiyappam flour. Vadapappu is also an easy, one ingredient naivedayam recipe prepared by soaking moong dal. It is similar to Karnataka's Kosambari.  Panakam is a sweet drink and a summer coolant that is prepared by mixing jaggery, dry ginger powder, pepper powder in water. Friends, do try these 3 easy, yummy Andhra special naivedayam recipes for festivals and offer to God.

      Check out my other Andhra recipes too !

      Chalimidi recipe, Vadapappu and Panakam

      Chalimidi recipe, Vadappau and Panakam

      Chalimidi recipe, Vadapappu and Panakam - 3 Andhra special Naivedaym recipes

      Cuisine: Andhra
      Category: Sweet
      Serves: Serves 2
      Prep time: 5 Minutes
      Cook time: 5 Minutes
      Total time: 10 Minutes


      1 cup = 250ml
      Chalimidi recipe
      • Idiyappam flour / Homemade processed rice flour – 1/2 cup
      • Powdered jaggery or powdered sugar – 1/4 cup ( I used organic brown sugar, so color is dark)
      • Cardamom powder - 1/8 tsp
      • Ghee - 1 tbsp
      • Water - 1 tbsp or more as needed
      Vadapappu recipe
      • Moong dal - 1/4 cup
      • Water - to soak
      Panakam Recipe
      • Water - 1 cup
      • Powdered jaggery - 2 tbsp
      • Dry ginger powder - 1/4 tsp
      • Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
      • Cardamom powder - 1/8 tsp
      • Tulsi leaves - to garnish


      1. To make Chalimidi, take the rice flour, jaggery, ghee, cardamom powder in a bowl.
      2. Mix  well. Add little water if needed and make a non-sticky ball. Pachi Chalimidi is ready.
      3. To make vadapappu, wash and soak moong dal in water for 1 hour. Drain the water completely and offer to God. 
      4. For panakam preparation, mix jaggery and other ingredients in water. Filter the water.
      5. Panakam is ready. Garnish with few tulsi leaves and offer to God on Ramanavami and other festivals.


      • How to make pachi chalimidi : Take store bought idiyappam/ appam flour in a bowl. Add powdered jaggery ( I used organic brown sugar/Naatu sakkarai, so its color is too dark), cardamom powder, ghee. Mix well. Add 1 to 2 tbsp. water. Mix well and make a smooth ball. Pachi chalimidi is ready. 

      • How to make vadapappu : In a bowl, take the moong dal. Wash and soak in enough water for an hour. Drain the water completely and take the soaked, wet moong dal. Offer to God.

      • How to make panakam: Take one cup of water. Add powdered jaggery, cardamom powder, dry ginger powder and pepper powder. Mix well and strain it. Garnish with few Tulsi leaves. Panakam is ready to serve. Enjoy !


      • Adjust the quantity of jaggery in chalimidi and panakam based on your taste.

      3 easy and yummy Andhra special naivedyam recipes are ready !

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      October 11, 2018

      Bellam Paramannam In Pressure Cooker – Andhra Rice Payasam With Jaggery

      Bellam paramannam recipe

       Paramannam is a rice based sweet dish that is most popular in Andhra. This Indian dessert recipe is also known as annam payasam, bellam paramannam in Telugu. In simple words, bellam paramannam is nothing but Andhra style rice payasam with jaggery.  It is one of the most important naivedyam recipes that is offered to God for festivals like Sankranti, Varalakshmi Vratham, Ganesh chaturthi, Navratri and much more. This sweet dish is prepared with rice, milk, sugar or jaggery, nuts and ghee. Authentically paramannam is made by cooking raw rice in milk in an open pot. But I prepared this bellam paramannam in a pressure cooker. It took just 15 minutes for making this Andhra style payasam recipe. Consistency of paramannam depends on the quantity of milk and jaggery syrup. It looks thin when hot and it thickens over time. So you can adjust the quantity of milk as per the desired consistency. There are chances of paramannam getting curdled when you add jaggery syrup to the hot milk. So you should always add the jaggery syrup after switching off the flame. You can make it perfect all the time. So friends, try this yummy Andhra style paramannam recipe during this Navratri festival and enjoy. Lets see how to make bellam paramannam recipe with step by step pictures.

      Check out my other Andhra recipes too !

      Paramannam recipe

      Paramannam recipe - Bellam paramannam

      Paramannam recipe - Bellam paramannam

      Andhra style rice kheer with jaggery - Bellam paramannam recipe with step by step pictures.

      Cuisine: Andhra recipes
      Category: Sweet
      Serves: Serves 4
      Prep time: 10 Minutes
      Cook time: 20 Minutes
      Total time: 30 Minutes


      1 cup - 250ml
      • Raw rice / Sona masoori rice – 1/4 cup
      • Boiled Milk – 2 cups or Milk + water – 1 cup each
      • Sugar or jaggery – 1/2 cup (adjust as per taste)
      • Water – 1/4 cup for syrup
      • Cardamom – 2 nos (crushed)
      • Cashews and dry grapes/raisins - Few


      1. In a pressure cooker base, take the rice, milk. Put a spoon inside the cooker to avoid splashing of milk.
      2. Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Switch off the flame. Open, mash the rice well.
      3. In a pan, melt jaggery and make a thin syrup.
      4. Strain and add the jaggery syrup to the cooked rice when warm. Mix well.
      5. Add the cardamom powder, roasted nuts. Boil in low flame for a minute.
      6. Switch off the flame and serve hot or cold.


      • Wash the rice. In a pressure cooker base, take the rice, milk + water or milk alone. Add a pinch of salt. Mix well, drop a small plate or spoon inside the Cooker. It helps to avoid splashing of milk while it whistles.  Pressure cook in very low flame for two whistles. 

      • Open the cooker after the steam is released. Remove the spoon. Mash the rice with a whisk and make it mushy.  Add some water if it's too thick. Boil for a minute. Remove and Set aside.

      • In a bowl, take the jaggery and add water. Boil and melt the jaggery completely. Make a thin syrup. No need to bring any consistency. Switch off the flame and let the syrup becomes warm.

      • Strain the syrup in a metal strainer. Add to the cooked rice. Mix well and check for consistency. Add more boiled milk or water if needed. Do not switch on the flame.

      • Heat ghee in a small kadai. Roast the cashews and raisins till golden. Add to the paramannam. Add cardamom powder. Mix well. You can add a pinch of edibke camphor if you like.

      • Now Switch on the flame and keep it very low. Boil for a minute or two. Mix now and then. Do not roll boil. Paramannan should be just heated. Switch off the flame and keep it aside. Serve hot or cold as you like.

      • Enjoy !


      • Adjust the quantity of jaggery as you like.
      • Do not add hot jaggery syrup to the payasam. It may curdle.
      • Instead of pressure cooking, you can cook the rice in an open pot. But keep stirring every now and then to avoid burnt bottom.
      • You can also cook the rice in equal quantity of water and milk.
      • You can add a pinch of edible camphor for more flavor.

      Yummy, Andhra style rice kheer with jaggery is ready to serve. Tastes the best when served chilled.

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