Verkadalai Sundal | Peanut Stir Fry

Sundal is a south indian stir fry made out of various lentils like Channa Dhall,Kabuli Channa,Peanut,Lobia/Karamani etc. A protein packed recipe sufficing for the day's protein intake.

Most of the kids love it as it is mildly spiced and tempered with fresh grated coconut. This can be given as evening snack also to children after they come from school.

Sundal and Navratri are synonymous for the reason being during the Navratri festival ,on all the 9 days Sundal made out of these lentils are offered as Prasad/Neivediyam for the Goddess Durga, Laxmi and Saraswathi who symbolise the  NARI SHAKTI (WOMEN POWER) .

Even otherwise Sundal can be offered as prasad for any Satsangs ,Pooja at home since its purely Satvik (No onion No Garlic) .

Today's sundal is my personal favorite as I love peanuts in any form and I try to include it in my daily cooking as well.

Preparation Time : 2 hrs
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Complexity : Simple
Serves : 3-4





Ingredients

150 gms peanut
1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
2-3 green chillies slit
few curry leaves
small piece of ginger finely chopped/grated
pinch of asafoetida
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp cooking oil.
salt to taste.

Method

  • Wash and soak the peanuts for about 2 hrs and pressure cook in 2 cups of water  with salt for 3-4 whistles on medium flame.(Soaking the peanuts helps in achieving softness) . 
    • Incase you are in a hurry or have forgotten to soak,pressure cook with 3-4 cups of water for 4-5 whistles on medium flame.
  • Let the pressure release naturally.Drain the water and keep the peanuts aside.
  • In a kadai,temper the mustard seeds,green chillies,ginger,curry leaves,asafoetida and add the boiled peanuts and saute well.
  • Keep it closed for about 2-3 mins for the flavours of tempering to get infused.
  • Add the grated coconut ,mix well and garnish with chopped corriander.


Notes:
Alternatively instead of pressure cooking the peanuts you can boil the peanuts in a normal vessel until all the water is absorbed into the peanuts.


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