green peas sundal recipe, how to make green peas sundal recipe

by dassana amit updated February 10, 2014

green peas sundal: dry green peas sundal for navratri

this is a south indian recipe of green peas sundal. sundals are legume or lentil preparations made during ganesha chaturthi or the nine days of the navratri festival in south india.

basically they are a dry legume-lentil preparation spiced, tempered along with fresh coconut.

in north india, during the navratri fasting period we don’t make anything from legumes or lentils or cereals. well in the south it is different :-)

the only dish that we make at home with legumes is the kala chana – a dry preparation with black chickpeas and this is made during the last day of the navratri along with suji ka halwa – semolina pudding and pooris.

since i have many south indian readers as well, i decided to make and post the green peas sundal recipe.

green peas sundal

now in tamil language this green peas sundal is called as pattani sundal. it is made from dried green peas. you soak the green peas overnight and boil or pressure cook them the next day.

you can also make this recipe with dried white peas or even kidney beans, black eyed beans, white chickpeas and any lentil or legume… when making with mung dal or chana dal, ensure that the dals are separate but cooked well. it should not be mish mash.

this recipe has been adapted from anamika’s blog here and it is her south indian friend who shared the sundal recipe with her. do also check some delicious north indian navratri recipes on anamika’s blog here.

green peas sundal recipe below:

green peas sundal or pattani sundal
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green peas sundal – sundal are dry legume-lentil preparation spiced, tempered along with fresh coconut.
Recipe type: fasting
Cuisine: south indian
Serves: 2-3
  • ¾ cup dry green peas
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1-2 broken red chilies
  • 1 green chili
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 to 3 tbsp freshly grated coconut
  • rock salt or regular salt as required
  1. first rinse the dry green peas in water.
  2. soak in enough water overnight.
  3. next day pressure cook the peas with water and salt for 8-9 whistles or till done.
  4. drain water and keep the cooked peas aside.
  5. in a pan heat oil.
  6. fry the mustard seeds, till they crackle and pop.
  7. now add the cumin seeds and fry them.
  8. add the broken red chilies, green chili, curry leaves.
  9. stir and fry for half a minute.
  10. now add asafoetida.
  11. stir and then add the cooked green peas.
  12. add salt and stir well.
  13. keep on stirring for another 5-6 minutes till the whole mixture looks dry.
  14. lastly add grated coconut and serve green peas sundal as naivedyam.
since a fasting recipe, i have not added onions to it. but when not making for fasting, then you can add onions while frying the spices and cook till soft.

raw grated or shredded mango can also be added to the sundal as a topping.
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Serving size: 2-3

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Sharmilee October 17, 2012 1

Wow looks very appealing and appetising…looks yummy


Swathi October 17, 2012 2

Delicious pattani sundal. Happy navarthri.


dassana October 17, 2012 3

happy navartri to you too swathi


Marta @ I love breakfast October 16, 2012 4

I’ve never tried it, but it sounds amazing.


Funwidfud October 16, 2012 5

Happy Navratri…Sundal looks perfect and yummy…


dassana October 16, 2012 6

happy navratri to you too.


Kanan October 15, 2012 7

I am planning to make sundal tomorrow. this green peas sundal looks really delicious. we also don’t east beans or legume on navaratri like North Indians. But I always adore South Indian food because I love coconut and they have coconut in almost every recipe.
beautiful photography as usual.


Your Cookery Book October 15, 2012 8

Book marked it. This green peas sundal recipe will be handy for my fasting. I’ll have look on Anamika’s blog too.


Anamika @ madcookingfusions October 15, 2012 9

First of all sorry for the late comment in this one..
This looks really delicious and healthy,one more sundal recipe added to my list :).
Thank you Dassana for the mention, it feels great,you are a sweetheart :)!


dassana October 15, 2012 10

welcome anamika. the sundal was delicious. next time i plan to make it with some rajma.


Richa October 15, 2012 11

i have never tried a green pea sundal.. sounds delicious!


shama nags October 15, 2012 12

Super inviting..Join me in Fast Food – Vermicilli event here :


akila October 15, 2012 13

Looks yummy yummy… Just love it…. First time here… Love ur space… When u get free time drop to my place…


dassana October 15, 2012 14

but what is your blog link akila. you have not mentioned or added your blog url.


Poornima October 15, 2012 15

Never thought of using green peas for the sundal. delicious!


radha October 15, 2012 16

Never made sundal with dried green peas. Interesting.


sangeeta khanna October 14, 2012 17

We love all the lentils and beans but never happened to make any kinda sundal. It can be a good dinner for us :-)


Sharmilee October 13, 2012 18

Simplicity at its best…my fav sundal too…looks very tempting