Mung Dal Usli | Muga Dali

Mung dal is a perfect dish – an eat anytime dish but also very good for those sensitive times. Here it is roasted then cooked with coconut for a flavoursome breakfast or side dish.

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A dry spicy dish of mung dal is very popular with the people of the mid West Coast of India, for example, Goa and further south into Kerala. It is easy to make and brings the beautiful and gentle taste of mung dal to the fore.

Mung dal is very easily digested and so is a favourite ingredient in Ayurveda and also for invalids. But there is no need to wait until you are on an Ayurvedic regime or are unwell, this is a dish that can be eaten any time. Often served for breakfast, it is also used as a side dish at a Konkani meal. It is also very good as a snack with chapathi too.

You might like to browse our other Mung recipes here and here, and our other Goan recipes here and here. Try other Usili dishes, and sample our Indian recipes here and here.

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Navarathri | 9 Nights for the Goddess | Devotion, Dolls and Food

Navaratri – 9 nights dedicated to the Goddess

Millions of Hindus consider Navaratri the year’s central festival, the one they most deeply connect to. These nine days dedicated to Shakti, the Goddess, in her incarnations as Durga, Lakshmi and Saravati, provide an opportunity to seek blessings and commune with their own divinity. It is a time for sacred gatherings, austerities, selfless acts and intimate prayers. It also includes joyous worship, festivities, plays, feasting and dance—all venerating God as the loving Mother Spirit that gives life to everything.

Dishes for Navarathri

Like all Hindu festivals, food plays a large part. See below for the list. Or browse all of our dishes for Navarathri here.

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A Simple Bean Sprout Stir Fry with Spices | Bean Sprout Sundal

A quick dish, great for when you need to eat healthy but don’t have a lot of time.

Sometimes life throws us curveballs. In such times, it is great to stay intent on what keeps use healthy and focused. Simple and great food that is full of goodness is the best way to go.

Eat well at any time, and lift it to the next level when life is tough.

You might also like to try Black Gram Sprouts Sundal, Sweet Corn Sundal, Adzuki Bean Sundal, Sprouted Green Gram Sundal, and White Pea Sundal. Or you can make a Sundal with du Puy Lentils or some Mung Dal, equally as delicious.

Explore all of the Sundal Recipes, they are all quick and gorgeous. Sundals can also be used as prasadam and neivedyam for Navaratri or Ganesha Chaturthi and other Hindu Festivals. Click the links for other recipes for these festivals. Or explore our collection of Indian recipes. Our Indian Essentials are here.

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Brown Lentil Sprouts Sundal | An Indian Salad

Sundals are very easy to make once your base ingredient – usually a lentil or pulse – is cooked. They are often called “salads” but there isn’t really a Western equivalent.

I found some unidentified brown lentils in the pantry, as one does, and so sprouted them. They were difficult to sprout, taking their time indeed. Yet some days later I had a bowl of wonderful sprouts and crunchy lentil bases.

The sprouts were made into a Sundal.  Sundals are very easy to make once your base ingredient – usually a lentil or pulse – is cooked unless it is soft enough to use raw. These are quickly sauteed with spices – black mustard seeds, asafoetida, ginger, red and green chillies. Sundals are often called “salads”, and in an Indian context, that is true as they are much lighter dishes than many curries.

You can use any sprouts for this recipe.

You might also like to try Mung Sprouts Sundal, Sprouted White Pea Sundal, Sprouted Green Gram Sundal, and Masoor Dal Sprouts Sundal. Also explore Sweet Corn Sundal, Adzuki Bean Sundal, Sprouted Green Gram Sundal, and White Pea Sundal. Or you can make a sundal with du Puy Lentils or some mung dal, equally as delicious.

Explore all of the Sundal Recipes, they are all quick and gorgeous.

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Mung Sprouts Sundal | Mung Bean Sprouts Salad, Indian Style

Simple and spicy, sundals are delicious no matter how you serve them.

A wonderful, healthy sundal, simple and spicy, it is delicious no matter how you serve it. I always associate Sundal with Festivals, so they make me happy at any time of the year.

You might also like to try Black Gram Sprouts Sundal, Sprouted White Pea Sundal, Sprouted Green Gram Sundal, and Masoor Dal Sprouts Sundal. Also explore Sweet Corn Sundal, Adzuki Bean Sundal, Sprouted Green Gram Sundal, and White Pea Sundal. Or you can make a sundal with du Puy Lentils or some mung dal, equally as delicious.

Check out our other Sundal recipes for quick and easy snacks or side dishes. Sundals can also be used as prasadam and neivedyam for Navaratri or Ganesha Chaturthi and other Hindu Festivals. Click the links for other recipes for these festivals. Or explore our collection of Indian recipes. Our Indian Essentials are here.

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Peas and Bengal Gram Flour Sundal | Mochai Kottai Sundal

An unusual dish – a Sundal with Gram Flour

This Sundal is a little different to other Sundals, those quickly stirfried salads of south India. A Gram Flour mix is poured over the Sundal towards the end of cooking. This recipe comes from Meenakshi Ammal’s Cook and See Part 2. It is unusual to say the least, but delicious and filling. It could almost be an Usili, although Amma includes it under Sundals.

You might also like to try Red Lentil (Masoor Dal) Sprouts Sundal, Coconut, White Peas and Green Mango Sundal, Channa (Chickpea) Sundal, and Mung Dal Sundal. Or you can make a sundal with Adzuki Beanes (Red Chori) or some White Pea Sprouts, equally as delicious.

Feel free to browse our many Sundal recipes. If you are new to Sundals, these posts will also introduce you to this wonderful, stirfried, lentil-based dish from Tamil Nadu, South India.So explore them all, they are all quick and gorgeous. All of our Indian dishes are here, and our Indian Essentials here. And try our White Pea dishes. Or take some time to explore our Mid Spring collection of recipes.

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Sprouted White Pea Sundal

A surprisingly wonderful sundal.

With white pea (pattani) sprouts sitting patiently in a jar in the fridge, I made Sprouted White Pea Sundal one morning for breakfast. I am quite a fan of white peas.

If you are new to Sundals, they are very easy to make once your base ingredient – usually a lentil or pulse – is cooked. They are often called “salads”, and in an Indian context, that is true as they are much lighter dishes than many curries. But in a Western context they are better described as lentils and pulses quickly stirfried with spices – black mustard seeds, asafoetida, ginger, red and green chillies. I love these dishes.

There is quite a list of Sundals – please click here for the complete list. You might like to particularly try: Black Gram Sprouts Sundal, Coconut, White Peas and Green Mango Sundal, and Urad Dal Sundal. We recommend Sweet Corn Sundal, Adzuki Bean Sundal, and Sprouted Green Gram Sundal. Or you can make a sundal with du Puy Lentils or some mung dal, equally as delicious.

Check out our other Sundal recipes for quick and easy snacks or side dishes. Sundals can also be used as prasadam and neivedyam for Navaratri or Ganesha Chaturthi and other Hindu Festivals. Click the links for other recipes for these festivals. Or explore our collection of Indian recipes. Our Indian Essentials are here.

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Sweet Corn Sundal | Indian Sweetcorn Stir Fry

Sweetcorn makes an especially good Sundal

The 9th of our Sundals especially for Navarathri is a Sweet Corn Sundal – something a little different.

I recommend using fresh sweet corn kernels. If you like them cooked a little, steam the corn ear with the green husk on if you can, until the kernels are done. I like mine crisper, so I make the Sundal with raw kernels cut from a fresh ear, and allow the to cook just a little longer when they are added to the base spices.

Are you looking for other Sundal recipes? You might also like to try Adzuki Bean (Red Chori) Sundal, Urad Sundal, Channa (Chickpea) Sundal, and Rajma (Kidney Beans) Sundal. Or you can make a sundal with White Peas or some Sprouted Green Gram (Mung Bean Sprouts), equally as delicious. Explore all of the Sundal Recipes, they are all quick and gorgeous.

Or are you looking for Sweetcorn dishes? Try Baby Sweetcorn and Green Bean Soup, Roasted Sweetcorn Salad with Avocado, Roasted Tomato and Corn Soup, and How to Roast/Char Grill Sweetcorn.

Browse all of our Sweetcorn dishes and all of our Sundals. Our Indian recipes are here. Or browse our Mid Spring dishes.

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Adzuki Bean Sundal | Red Chori Sundal

The sweetness of the Adzuki adds something special to this Sundal.

Adzuki beans are generally known for their sweet qualities, but they carry savoury flavours very well.

This sundal is once more a beautiful but simple dish that enhances the flavour of the base lentil or bean with a simple flavouring of spices and coconut. There are certainly a lot of alternative names for adzuki beans – Red Chori beans, Red Cow Peas, and they are a type of Karamani.

You might also like to try Mung Dal Sundal, Du Puy Sundal, Sweet Corn Sundal, and Sprouted White Pea Sundal. Or you can make a sundal with White Peas or some mung bean sprouts, equally as delicious. Explore all of the Sundal Recipes, they are all quick and gorgeous.

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Mung Dal Sundal | Stir fried Mung Dal with Coconut

Mung/Moong Dal can be confusing when reading Indian recipes, but it is a versatile lentil. When it is whole it is called mung or moong, or mung bean or green gram or pachha payarru, when the mung is split it is known as mung dal or pasi paruppu.

Sundals are very easy to make once your base ingredient – usually a lentil or pulse – is cooked. They are often called “salads”, and in an Indian context, that is true as they are much lighter dishes than many curries. But in a Western context they are better described as lentils and pulses quickly stirfried with spices – black mustard seeds, asafoetida, ginger, red and green chillies. I love these dishes.

You might also like to try Urad Sundal, Channa (Chickpea) Sundal, Rajma (Kidney Beans) Sundal, and Coconut, White Peas and Green Mango Sundal. Or you can make a sundal with Sprouted Green Gram or some White Peas, equally as delicious. Explore all of the Sundal Recipes, they are all quick and gorgeous.

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Urad Dal Sundal | Karuppu Ulundu Sundal | Black Gram Sundal | Stir Fried Black Lentils with Coconut

Made with split urad dal or whole Urad, this sundal is delicious.

This season there will be 9 Sundals, one for each day of Navarathri. 7 are made already.

Sundals are very easy to make once your base ingredient – usually a lentil or pulse – is cooked. They are often called “salads”, and in an Indian context, that is true as they are much lighter dishes than many curries. But in a Western context they are better described as lentils and pulses quickly stirfried with spices – black mustard seeds, asafoetida, ginger, red and green chillies. I love these dishes.

Today it is an Urad Sundal. You can use whole or split Urad.

You might also like to try Black Gram Sprouts Sundal, Adzuki Bean Sundal, Du Puy Sundal, Mung Dal Sundal, and White Pea Sundal. Or you can make a Sundal with Chickpeas or some Rajma (Kidney Beans) , equally as delicious. Explore all of the Sundal Recipes, they are all quick and gorgeous.

Check out our other Sundal recipes for quick and easy snacks or side dishes. Sundals can also be used as prasadam and neivedyam for Navaratri or Ganesha Chaturthi and other Hindu Festivals. Click the links for other recipes for these festivals. Or explore our collection of Indian recipes. Our Indian Essentials are here.

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Channa Sundal | Chickpea Sundal | Kondai Kadalai Sundal

Keep cooked chickpeas in the freezer for an instant Sundal.

Another popular and delicious Sundal eaten as a snack at this time of the year is a Chickpea Sundal, also called Channa Sundal. Sundals are sometimes called salads, but more accurately they are a stirfried lentil with coconut and a tadka (spice mix fried in ghee) of black mustard seeds, urad dal, asafoetida, dried red chillies and curry leaves. It is as simple as that.

If you want an instant sundal, keep soaked and cooked chickpeas in the freezer. Defrost them in the microwave or in the fridge or on the kitchen bench before making the Sundal. It will take you 5 mins only to make the dish.

You might also like to try Sweet Corn Sundal, Adzuki Bean Sundal, Sprouted Green Gram Sundal, and White Pea Sundal. Or you can make a sundal with du Puy Lentils or some mung dal, equally as delicious. Explore all of the Sundal Recipes, they are all quick and gorgeous. Continue reading “Channa Sundal | Chickpea Sundal | Kondai Kadalai Sundal”

Rajma Sundal | Kidney Bean Sundal

Deep dark red with flashes of green, the joy of rajma sundal \ red kidney bean sundal.

Kidney beans (rajma) are perfect for a sundal. While you can add chopped green coriander to most sundals, the colour of the rajma really welcomes that hit of greenness, alleviating the dark sombre notes of the beans.

Sundals are very easy to make once your base ingredient – usually a lentil or pulse – is cooked. They are often called “salads”, and in an Indian context, that is true as they are much lighter dishes than many curries. But in a Western context they are better described as lentils and pulses quickly stirfried with spices – black mustard seeds, asafoetida, ginger, red and green chillies. I love these dishes.

You might also like to try Urad Dal Sundal, Channa (Chickpea) Sundal, Sprouted Green Gram Sundal, and White Peas Sundal. Or you can make a sundal with Coconut, White Peas and Greeen Mango or some mung bean sprouts, equally as delicious. Explore all of the Sundal Recipes, they are all quick and gorgeous.

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Coconut, White Peas and Green Mango Sundal | Thenga Manga Pattani Sundal

Mixing soft white peas with tangy green mango and milky coconut and adding a bit of heat – a wonderful combination.

This is a special Sundal, reminiscent of Summer and the beach, full of tangy goodness of green mango with the softness of the white peas and the comfort of coconut. It is no wonder it is often served on the beaches of Chennai.

Sundals, just to remind you, are often called “salads” but they are pre-cooked lentils and pulses stirfried quickly with spices – black mustard seeds, asafoetida, ginger, red and green chillies.

You might also like to try Rajma (Kidney Beans) Sundal, Mung Bean Sprout Sundal, Sprouted White Pea Sundal, and Sweet Corn Sundal. Or you can make a sundal with Masoor Dal (called red lentils in Australia) or some stir fried mung bean sprouts, equally as delicious. Explore all of the Sundal Recipes, they are all quick and gorgeous.

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Sprouted Green Gram Sundal | Mung Bean Sprout Salad | Paasi Payaru Sundal

A lot of deliciousness in a small bowl. Perfect for Navarathri.

The weather is gorgeous and I am so grateful for so many things in my life. From my teachers and mentors throughout my life, to the birds that sing me awake in the morning, the kookaburras which made an unscheduled stop in our neighbourhood, to the gardeners and garbage men who keep things spick and span around this area.

I am grateful for the simplicity and nourishment of food, and of course for the great tastes.

Here is a very quick dish made with mung (moong) sprouts, great with any Indian meal, any non-Indian meal or simply as a snack. There is another super quick version here, try both and see what you think. Or you can make a sundal with Masoor Dal (called red lentils in Australia) or some stir fried mung bean sprouts, equally as delicious. Explore all of the Sundal Recipes, they are all quick and gorgeous. Continue reading “Sprouted Green Gram Sundal | Mung Bean Sprout Salad | Paasi Payaru Sundal”