Monday, September 22, 2014

Verkadalai Sundal/ Peanut Salad

It is that time of the year again. The festivals are here. The place I belong (India) and the place I now call home (US) are both exuberant with lights, music, festivities and joy during this season (Sep to Dec)! The holiday mood is already set with all the fabulous decors in the stores and my Pinterest feed!

As I was looking at all the amazing ideas for Halloween, I just can’t help but notice how much similar Halloween is to Dussehra/Navaratri that we celebrate back home. It left me with so much surprise how different cultures in different parts of the world share a lot in common, despite the many contrasts that may exist.

Kids in India dress up in costumes for Navaratri just like how kids in US dress up for Halloween. However, Halloween is about scary costumes while Navaratri is all about costumes from Hindu epics and mythologies
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While Halloween is decorating the house with pumpkins, lanterns and haystacks,Navaratri is decorating the house with dolls and toys arranged on steps. 

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Trick-or-treating here is singing devotional songs there. And candies here are SUNDAL (salads) there! See, I told ya! So much in common.

Ah, did I just say SUNDAL … I want to make one right away and happily relive my childhood memories! And hey, we celebrate navaratri for 9 nights! Yes, we Indians take festivals bit too serious!! So, it means different types of sundals on each day. As Navaratri starts Sep 25 this year, it is going to be ‘Sundal Time’ on our blog. 


Peanuts : 1.5 cups
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Urad Dhal: 1 tsp
Channa Dhal: 1 tsp
Green chilli/Red chilli - 1 
Asafoetida: 1/4 tsp
Grated Coconut: 1-2 tbs
Oil: 1 tsp
Salt: as needed
Cilantro: optional

1. Soak the peanuts in water for 15-30 mins.
2. Pressure cook with water just until soft but not overcook it (1-2 whistles). You can also cook it stove top and it might take around 30 mins
3. Drain the water and set the peanuts aside


1. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.
2. When the mustard seeds splutters, add channa dhal,urad dhal, green/red chilli, asafoetida and saute until the lentils change color.
3. Add peanuts, coconut and salt.
4. Mix until well combined and stir gently for couple of minutes.
5. Garnish with cilantro and serve as a salad.

Stay tuned for more sundal recipes !

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  1. Replies
    1. Hi..Do you mean the raw peanuts with skin? Yes then ! I used raw peanuts with skin

  2. I love your comparison Ranjani..And one more thing is kids come with a bag saying "Bommai goluve " to collect sundal and here kids come to collect chocolates :) Your sundal looks delicious :)

  3. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the party. Theresa @DearCreatives


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