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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pasipayaru Sundal/Easy Snack

Very soon navarathri celebrations are starting .So you can see recipes for neivedhyams/prasad in my up coming posts.

 Lets look at "navarathri":
         "Nava" means 9   ,"rathri " means nights .So nine nights pooja and fasting to pray "durga,badrakali,ambal,annapooorna,jagathamba,chandikha,lalitha,bhavani,mookambhika    " to get her blessings .10th day is called "vijayadashami".

There are totally 5  navaratris celebrated year around.  This is what  Wikipedia says

  1. "vasantha" celebrated during vasantha kalam "march -April" spring season.
  2. "Ashad" celebrated during "June-July"
  3. "sharad "celebrated during "September -October" Most important navarathris of all its the starting of winter season.
  4. "pusha" celebrated during tarishi "December-January "
  5. "magha "  celebrated during "January-February"
       In tamilnadu temples ,idols are decorated in different form of durga for this 9 days .In houses people do "golu " and cook prasad /neivedhyams for god and distribute it to the people who visits their house.Women's share bhindi "manjal .kunkumam " for longavity of their husbands life .
    Sundal which is a easy snack plays a major role in navarathri neivedhyams.There are many varieties of sundal but this pasipayaru sundal is very nutritious ,it can be made as a evening snack for kids.Its very easy and kids and adults would love it for sure.

Easy sundal

Cooking time:15  min

  • 1 1/2 cup sprouts
  • salt as required
To Temper:
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp urad Dal
  • 1 red chili.
  • few curry leaves
Sprouts ready for pressure cooking

  • Pressure cook the  sprouts (Add water just to immerse) for a whistle .

Pressure cooked sprouts
  • Heat a tava/griddle .
  • Add oil to it .
  • Add Mustard seeds, allow it to splutter.
Tempering for sundal

  • Add urad Dal  to it .Let it change colour.
  • Add curry leaves and chili as well .
Add curry leaves and red chili to the tempering
  • Now add the pressure cooked sprouts to it.
  • Add required salt and mix well.
Mix tempering ,sundal and salt well together

  • Serve it as a snack or prasad .
Sundal ready

How to sprout the greengram:
  1. Soak greengram for 5-6 hours and drain the excess water 
  2. Let it sit covered for 1 day (atleast for 12 hours)
  3. Sprouts will take time if the temperatire is cold or the greengram is not soaked well.
  4. Allow the sprouts to sit for a one more day to get a long root.


  • Pressure cook sprouts for a whistle ,otherwise your sprouts will turn mushy. .
  • If you are not able to make sprouts you can  do it with greengram by soaking in water for 6-8 hours.
  • You forgot to soak greengram?No worries .Just add hot water while pressure cooking or dry roast greengram before pressure cooking.
  • You can add coconut or simply omit adding it.

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