Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Konda Kadalai Sundal for Navarathri

Konda Kadalai Sundal

I amn't really very religious by nature. I do follow the festivals and recipes to the dot since I love that part of them. Navarathri is such a festival I enjoy visiting houses where I am invited, appreciating the 'Kolu', singing, exchanging 'kumkum' and flowers and savouring 'Sundal' prasadams. These days I am getting to know much about how the 'sundals' are related to the Navagrahas(the 9 celestials) and 'Navadhanyams' or the 9 cereals/pulses/legumes for the 'Navarathri' or the '9 nights' festival!

It's interesting!

SundaySooriyan – Sun: Godumai (Wheat)
MondayChandran – Moon: Arisi (Rice)
(since it is not practical to make sundal out of these, generally they are broken and made as 'payasams' or 'puttu' as 'neivedyams')
TuesdayAngarakan – Sevvai – Mars: Thuvarai (Thuvar Dhal)- Sundal can be made. Here's how I made with whole Thuvar grams.
WednesdayBudhan – Mercury: pasi Payar (Green Gram)- Sundal can be made.
ThursdayGuru – Jupiter: Kadalai (Channa dal) or Konda Kadalai (Whole Channa or Cow peas) Recipe featured for today below!
FridaySukran – Venus: Mochai (White Dolicho Beans)
SaturdaySani – Saturn: The tiny black Ellu seeds (Sesame Seeds) neivedyam can be 'ellu urundai' or the sesame seed balls.
8th day of Navarathri – Rahu: Kollu (Horse Gram)
9th day of Navarathri – Ketu: Uzhundu (Whole Urad )"Vadai" can be made. Here's the recipe for Vella Vedai made with a combination of jaggery and urad.

 The recipe for today is  Konda Kadalai Sundal, the Thursday's 'neivedyam' or the offering for Guru.

Konda Kadalai Sundal

Konda Kadalai (Channa or Cow peas) Sundal

 You need:

 Brown channa / Cow peas - A cup

 To Season:

Oil - a tsp
Mustard 3/4 tsp
Urad dal 1 tsp
Finely minced ginger - less than 1/4 tsp ( I avoided in this recipe)
Red chilli 2 broken into 3 pcs
Green chilly- 1 , slit once lengthwise and once across
Curry leaves - a sprig
Asafoetida - 2 fat pinches
Fresh coconut bits- a few or 1-2 tbsps of shavings


Konda Kadalai Sundal

Soak Channa for at least 8 hours. Pressure cook till soft with 1/4 tsp salt added to it. It needed 5 whistles in our 3 ltr cooker. Discard water. Heat oil for seasoning. Splutter mustard seeds, (ah! that's my sister posing her hands in) brown the urad dal, throw in the curry leaves, chillies and add the asafoetida. Dump in the cooked channa and stir or toss to combine with the seasoning. Check salt and add grated coconut or bits. Serve warm for the Gods as 'neivedyam'!
We; my family back home in Kerala personally like 'sundal' with unroasted coconut bits. If you add them along with the seasoning, the bits get slightly toasted and become crunchy and flavourful. Somehow we prefer raw coconut for this recipe.

Konda Kadalai Sundal


  1. Yummy! My favourite. I will definitely come and sing for your kolu for this sundal :) Anyway, happy navarathri to you & the readers :)

  2. yummy and healthy sundal.. Love the clicks

  3. we generally add shredded coconut ! thats a good idea (sliced coconut )

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  5. Happy Navarathri to you!!!!!! Sundal looks delicious.....nice clicks....never tasted ....will try it soon.....


  6. اهم شركات كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام كذلك معرض اهم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والخبر والاحساء والقطيف كذكل شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة وتنظيف بجدة ومكافحة الحشرات بالخبر وكشف تسربات المياه بالجبيل والقطيف والخبر والدمام
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام

  7. اهم شركات نقل العفش والاثاث بالدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
    شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
    شركة نقل عفش بالطائف
    شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
    شركة نقل عفش بجدة
    شركة نقل عفش بمكة
    شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة نقل عفش بينبع
    شركة نقل عفش بالخرج
    شركة نقل عفش بالقصيم


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