Thursday, May 27, 2010

Poom paruppu Sundal

Sundal (Tamil) is a kind of spicy snack made of lentils. It is often considered a very healthy snack to have with evening tea or munch throughout the day. Also it is served during important Hindu functions as offering to God (Prasadam).

Poom paruppu is a regional name given for the most renowned kadalai paruppu sundal. The meaning is poo - flower ; paruppu - lentil. More specifically, 'A sundal made with the lentils cooked till they bloom like a tender flower'. Isn't it attractive?

So, enjoy the summer evenings with this beautiful sundal along with a cup of tea:)

Bengal gram (channa dhal / kadalai paruppu) - 1 cup
mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
coconut oil - 1 tsp
dry red chillies - 2
curry leaf - few
salt - to taste (little only)
shredded coconut - 1/4 cup

Wash and clean the dhal twice.
Soak the dhal for 30 minutes and cook it over stove till it becomes tender (not mushy).
If we don't have time to soak, then we can pressure cook it to 2 whistles with water just to immerse the dhal (not more than that).

Remove the excess water. Mix some salt to taste. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a wok. Add the mustard seeds and let it splutter.
Then add the dry red chillies (broken), curry leaves and stir for a few seconds till the chilly swells.

Immediately add the cooked dhal, shredded coconut and stir well.

Put off fire.
Poom paruppu sundal is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serves three.
Serve as snack with tea or coffee in the evening.
Sometimes I make it as side dish for puli saatham / lemon rice etc.


Nithu Bala said...

Delicious and health sundal is lovely..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Nice healthy snack. Viki can I add lemon juice?

Hamaree Rasoi

Vikis Kitchen said...

Thanks Nithu.
Deepa: Thanks dear. We can add lemon too. But this version gives a touch of temple prasadam.

Swathi said...


Amma used to make it for navarathri, sundal looks delicious.

Priya dharshini said...

my hubby's fav..thanks to sharing this recipe..

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Viki
Very nice snack indeed.
I read your nice comment at my blog.
Actually boiling with potato gives a slight body to a thin curry, it wont thicken like onion paste, tomato or rice powder paste.
I am a Bong and a rice eater too inj all my meals. Given a choice, I dont eat roti, Paratha etc.
Have a nice weekend

Pavithra Elangovan said...

My house fav it and soooooooo healthy hah..

Unknown said...

nice description...looks yumm..

Priya Suresh said...

My favourite sundal, ready to munch anytime.

Subhie Arun said...

healthy n yummy sundal dear....nice click too...

Asha said...

Chana dal in particular do bloom like flowers when cooked perfectly and so yummy too. Sundal looks delicious!:))

Life is beautiful !!! said...

Before opening your post I am wondering what a poom paruppu was :). Love this sundal preparation. Thanks for reminding me about this :)

SathyaSridhar said...

Viki, poom paruppu nalla seithurukeenga paa nalla virivaakam mum koduthurukeenga ...hmm,,, sundal super viki..enakku romba pidikkum saraswathy aayutha pooja annaiki thaan seirathu naan dear..

Viki,, rombhavum nandri unga vazhthukkal luku enakku rombavum sandhosahm dear.

Suja Manoj said...

Healthy and delicious snack dear...nice one.

Sushma Mallya said...

i love sundal and this is something which i havent tried with...nice one viki , looks yum

Saraswathy Balakrishnan said...

looks yummy viki:)

Hayley said...

yummy and healthy sundal...great clicks:-)

Indian Khana said...

Indeed healthy....long time I had this....nice tht u reminded :)....

GayathriRaj said...

Hey Viki after a long break i think...every day im seeing for a new one..but i thnk this time took a break...but i thnk this is a good one....and its too good dear....lovely click and think i love the taste too....

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Vikis Kitchen said...

Thank you friends.
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