Sunday, October 9, 2016

Posted by Mala at 1:30:00 AM No comments
All got tired of the usual sundal kinds....wanted to make something, I  concocted a spice powder, to elevate the flavors and aroma of the sundal. And it worked out.
Green gram is loaded with high protein, vitamins and enzymes.....not only rejuvenates the skin, acne and skin problems can be very easily dealt with, by using green gram dhal powder while bathing. It gives flawless complexion and adds a glow to the skin. But, nowadays, who has the time and patience???

Today is Saraswathi Pooja and here are the neivedhyams. The above seen Sundal, Easy Carrot Halwa and Potato bondas.
Saraswati Pooja, also called Aayudha pooja, falls on the 9th day of the Navarathri, called Navami. Anything which has the number 9 is so special....navagrahas,( nine planets) navarathnas,( nine gems) nava vidha bhakthi, ( nine types of devotion) nava dhanyams ( nine pulses), navarasams (nine types of emotions), nava nidhis (nine treasures )  etc. And main thing is...Nava Rathri....( nine nights, when  we worship the Goddess in the forms of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi).
"Saras" means, a calm and clear river , "wathi" means, residing in baktha's hearts, which are like the clear river, without any dirt (vile thoughts). She is also called Vani and Kalivani, and is the spouse of the creator, Brahma.

Whole green gram - 2 cups, soaked over night and pressure cooked
Fresh grated coconut - 4 tsps
Salt to taste

For Seasoning
Cooking oil - 4 tsps
Asafoetida / hing powder - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 1/2 tsps
Green chillies - 3, finely chopped
Red chillies - 2, broken
Curry leaves - a liberal heap

To roast and powder
Coriander seeds - 3 tsps
Channa dhal - 3 tsps
A handful of chopped cilantro/coriander leaves

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian; Category: Snack / side
Prep time: 10 mts; Soaking: overnight; Cooking time: 20 mts

Serves 6-8

Picture below shows the soaked and pressure cooked green gram

Here, you can see the ingredients for roasting, and the final roasted ingredients. With a drop of oil, I just microwaved them. It is optional. You can roast them in a pan too.

The roasted ingredients, loaded into the blender jar, a little bit after cooling, and in the other picture you can see the powder.

Heat oil in a pan, add all the seasoning ingredients

Add grated coconut

Mix well

Add the aromatic powder

The mixed Sundal

Offer this healthy and tasty Sundal, potato bonda and carrot halwa to Saraswati Devi, Goddess of learning, music and arts.  And we all know....."Aham Brahmasmi"...God resides within us...So, after offering to HER, eat and enjoy these neivedhyams, this way also it reaches HER.

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Please check my variation  of  Kabuli Channa Sundal.  


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