Pacha payiru Sundal

Navaratri is so special for its different varieties of Sundal and sweet that we make.

Green gram Sundal / pacha payiru Sundal is a healthy snack option and can be prepared quickly as it doesn’t require overnight soaking of the lentil. The tempering is so important and adds the taste and flavour to the Sundal. You can add onions and coconut to this recipe if you like.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Soaking time – 3 hours
Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 15 mins
  • Green gram – 1 cup
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Split Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Ginger – 1/2 inch, sliced
  • Green chillies – 2, slit
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Hing – a generous pinch
  • Salt – as required
  • Coriander leaves – for garnishing


  • Soak green gram for 2 to 3 hours in enough water.
  • Boil water in a pan.
  • Drain water from the green gram and add it to the boiling water.
  • Add salt and cook for around 12 mins in medium flame till it’s cooked completely.
  • Once done, remove from heat and filter the water.
  • In a pan, add oil, mustard and when it splutters, add green chilli, ginger, hing, urad dal and curry leaves.
  • Add the green gram to it and sauté well.
  • Add salt if required.
  • Switch off and serve. Garnish with coriander leaves.

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