Tuesday, July 29, 2008

100 Idiot proof Sundal ( Dry lentil curry)

Sundal is a dry Tamil curry, eaten as a snack. “Thenga Manga Pattani Sundal” is a cry you’ll often hear on the marina beach from kids selling sundal garnished with mango slivers and grated coconut. Sundals are traditionally cooked and given away to guests during Navarathri.

A variety of lentils like Mung dal, masoor dal, chana dal etc are commonly used as listed in column 1. The boiled dal can be flavoured in numerous ways as listed in column 2.

Let us first go down column 1 to see the various lentils that can be cooked into sundals.

0:. Split and husked Mung dal needs just soaking. Soaked mung dal can be eaten raw and is used along with a variety of salad vegetables. It is served as a prasad in Karnataka temples and is called Kosambir. Kosumalli is the Tamil equivalent.

2. 1:.Split chana dal is used to cook Kadalai paruppu sundal.

2:.Whole Bengal gram is used to cook the Konda Kadalai Sundal.

3,4,5:.Whole urad dal, whole horse gram and whole masoor dal are cooked into the not so common Ulundu Sundal , kollu sundal and Masoor dal sundal.

6:.Whole Mung dal becomes the Pachai payaru sundal.

7:.Chana dal ( and all other dals) can be roasted and then cooked into a Sundal with a nuttier flavour.

8:.Let whole, unhusked dals sprout. They can then be cooked into sprouted Sundals .

9:. Apart from lentils, Sundals can be cooked with a variety of peas ( green peas, chickpeas etc) or beans ( red kidney beans, navy beans etc) or even nuts like ground nuts. The cooking process is the same. Soak the dried peas or beans overnight, drain them, add water and pressure cook them till done. Mix in flavouring, add garnish and serve.

The flavouring :
Mustard, red chilies and curry leaves fried in oil is the garnish for most Tamil sundals. Various additives like grated coconut, mango slivers etc can be mixed in. A variety of flavouring techniques are listed in column 2 . Use them to flavour Sundals or use your favourite flavouring – It is tough to go wrong with lentils !

And this goes to Susan's Legume Love Affair event & Eat Healthy - Protein Rich contest.

1 comment:

Sangeeth said...

Thanks Ramki...sundal my all time fav...even yesterday I was thinking of doing a diff kinda sundal...now I have 100s..will try them...

Food Consultancy / Licensing / Crash Courses

Contact siramki@gmail.com for complete Food consultancy from concept to completion.

Customised one page cookbooks now available for pressure cooker / microwave / mixie / masala & other cooking product manufacturers. Replace bulky recipe books with easy to refer One page cookbooks and watch your sales soar !


Blog Archive

Cooking is fun - Duplication is a pain !

"It is extraordinary to me that the idea of creating thousands of recipes by mixing building blocks takes immediately to people or it doesn’t take at all. .... If it doesn’t grab a person right away, ... you can talk to him for years and show him demos, and it doesn’t make any difference. They just don’t seem able to grasp the concept, simple as it is". ( Thanks Warren Buffett !)

"What's angering about instructions in many cookbooks is that they imply there's only one way to cook a dish - their way. And that presumption wipes out all the creativity." Cook dishes your way - Download  1001 South Indian curries now and learn to cook, not to duplicate ! ( Thanks Robert Pirsig !)

"Recipe purity is no different from racial purity or linguistic purity. It just does not exist. Cuisines are alive and change all the time. What is traditional today was esoteric just a few decades back. So being a 'foodist' is as bad as being a racist !

About Me

My photo
Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
Okay, let me start from the very beginning. 1500 crore years ago, with a Big Bang, the Universe is born. It expands dramatically. Hydrogen forms, contracts under gravity and lights up, forming stars. Some stars explode, dusting space with the building blocks of life. These condense into planets, one of which is Earth. Over time, self replicating molecules appear, multiply and become more complex. They create elaborate survival machines (cells, plants, animals). A variety of lifeforms evolve. Soon, humans arise, discover fire, invent language, agriculture and religion. Civilisations rise and fall. Alexander marches into India. Moguls establish an empire. Britain follows. Independence. Partition. Bloodshed. The license raj is in full sway. I'm born. India struggles to find its place. Liberalisation. The Internet arrives! I move from Tirupur to Chennai. Start a company. Expand into Malaysia, Singapore and the Middle East. Poof! Dot com bust. Funding dries up. Struggle. Retire. Discover the joy of cooking, giving, friendships and the pleasures of a simple life. Life seems less complicated. Pizza Republic, Pita Bite and Bhojan Express bloom !

Looking for Treatment?