March 27, 2017

Verkadalai Sundal | Peanut Stir Fry

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

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. 

Verkadalai sundal , Nelakadalai sundal are the other names for this delicious peanut stir fry.
It is vegan and also Jain friendly if we skip the use of ginger . 

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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) .
During Navaratri I definitely try to make this delicious sundal as prasad on one of the 9 days . My mom would generally make Verkadalai sundal on the day when my friends would come over for visiting Kolu /Golu as it is really kid friendly and a crowd pleaser too.

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Most of the kids love it as it is mildly spiced and tempered with fresh grated coconut. This can be given as evening snack or even packed for school lunch box for kids as well as adults.  Snacking on sundal is a healthy option as compared to other fried snacks or chips .

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

Donot forget to click on the image below for a collection of Sundal recipes offered to Devi during Navaratri. 

Today,22/10/2023 I prepared Verkadalai sundal as prasad on the eve of Durgashtami and took this opportunity to update the post with new photos and additional information.   

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


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.
1/4 tsp turmeric 
2 tsp sundal podi (optional)
salt to taste.


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  • 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 and it prevents flatulence or gastric problems ) . 
    • 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,sundal podi (if using) 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.

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 and the peanuts have cooked well .

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  1. Kadlekai Sundal (as I like to call it :p) is one of my fav too - I dont use Sundal podi with this usually, but next time I shall try it with the sundal podi. my (late) MIL used to love it a lot.. - Kalyani

  2. A protein rich dish for sure and especially when you are fasting or need more energy during festives. Loved this and I literally made this for 2-3 days in navratri.

  3. I make a variety of sundal but never made with peanuts. I will make it sometime soon, healthy and tasty too.


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