Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lentil Salad - Moong dhal - Paasi paruppu Sundal

After thinking, talking and writing so much about how special Navarathri would not be right if I do not do a post on a "Sundal"! Being the 1st day of Navrathri, I thought of making a sundal (as it is called in Tamil) is basically any lentil, that has been boiled and given a tadka or simple can that be:-)?!

These are very healthy and each day a different lentil is used and is offered as Neivedhyam or Prasad. Later, these are distributed to all those who come home for chandan kumkum. That is as far as the Navarathri connection goes. But in terms of the health connection, you can make these any time of the year and is a healthy snack for kids and adults as well!


- 1/2 cup moong dhal
- 2 green chillies
- 1/2 tsp grated ginger
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice (optional)
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp hing or asafoetida
- 2 tbsp grated carrots (optional)
- 1 or 1 1/2 tbsp shredded coconut
- few curry leaves
- 1 tsp oil and mustard for seasoning

Prep time: 1 hour          Cook time: 20 mins


- Soak the moong dhal an hour before you would like to make these. Soaking helps to cook the dhal faster. If not, you can directly boil them too.
- In a deep pan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add the turmeric and then the soaked moongdhal. Let this boil for about 10 mins.

- After 10 mins, check if the dhal has cooked. You need to be able to mash it lightly with your fingers. It is enough to cook them al dante. Do not cook to a mashing consistency.
- Remove form heat and drain the dhal on a strainer. Store the strained water to be used later while cooking. I usually make rasam with this water. Why waste its goodness:-)
- After 5 minutes, in a pan, heat the oil, allow the mustards to splutter and add the green chillies, curry leaves, ginger and carrots. Fry them on low heat for a couple of minutes.

- Now, add the  drained moong dhal, coconut and hing and give everything a toss for a couple of minutes and remove from heat.

- Sprinkle the lemon juice over and give a toss before serving!
-Tasty and healthy moong dhal sundal, ready in under 30 mins...enjoy!

Linking this recipe to Heart & Soul Co-hosted by Alea of Premeditated Leftovers:


  1. Carrot is a nice addition to this sundal

  2. looks healthy and delicious hyma ... will surely try this ......

  3. love this fresh salad kinda sundal. the golu in your last post is beautiful.

  4. The sundal looks so tasty..Loved the vibrant yellow color :)) Happy Navaratri to u :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  5. Very healthy .....awesome clicks.

  6. Thank you all...glad u all liked it! Thanks Sayantani for the comment on my other post too!

  7. This salad looks wonderful; love your blog and the opportunity to learn from you about your naive cuisine.

  8. very healthy recipe perfect for this festive season

  9. This looks delicious and savory! I have only been cooking with lentils for about 1 1/2 years, so I am always excited to learn a new way to prepare them. Thank you for sharing this recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  10. aaahh.. im going to try this today!! was wondering what sundal to prepare today, ur recipe saved me :)