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September 24, 2008

NAVARATHRI is a festival celebrated in different ways in each state of India.The most important part of the the celebration in Tamilnadu is the GOLU/KOLU as it is called here.Dolls are arranged in steps called GOLU PADI.The dolls include right from Gods,freedom fighters,fancy dolls,parks,zoo etc to name a few.Today it is even theme based and it has become customery in many regions that they are held as competition where the best ones are given prizes by the sponsoring companies.

One of the traditional method during Golu is inviting friends and relatives to see and giving them Thambulam which comprises of bettle leaves and nuts,any fruit,coconut,flowers,bangles to name a few and the most important being SUNDAL which is again done in many ways.So here are some varieties for you all to relish is year

The regular sundals are made by soaking the dhals for 8 hrs depending upon when you are going to prepare overnight soaking/morning.Sundals are made using Black channa,White channa,Channa dhal,Moong dhal,Green peas,White peas,Motchai,Horse gram,Greeng gram,Groundnuts/Peanuts,Red lobia (Karamani),White lobia.We should also keep in mind the hard varieties like channa, peas etc needs more time to be soaked and cook too,while moong,channa dhal etc requires lesser time 1-2 hrs.We can also make sundals with Red,White rajma,Soya beans.So here goes the SUNDAL VARIETIES for the everyday neivediyam.

TRADITIONAL METHOD-1
Ingredients
Any variety dhal-1 cup precooked with salt
Red chillies-4 nos
Mustard-1tsp
Urad dal spilt-1tsp
Asafoetida-a pinch
Curry leaves-a few
Coconut grated-1/4 cup
Oil-for seasoning

Method
Season with mustard,urad dal,asafoetida,red chilly
Add the pre-cooked sundal,saute for 5 min
Add grated coconut and saute for another 5 min.
Serve garnished with curry leaves

TRADITIONAL METHOD-2
Ingredients
Any variety sundal dal-1cup pre cooked with salt

To Grind
Coriander seeds-2tsp
Red chillies-4 nos
Coconut grated-1/4 cup
Small onions-5nos
Saunf-1tsp

To season
Oil-as required
Mustard-1tsp
Urad dal spilt-1tsp
Ginger-a small piece
Curry leaves-a few
Coriander leaves-for garnish

Method
Season with all the ingredients
Add the precooked sundal and saute
Add the grinded ingredients and saute till the raw smell goes
Serve garnished with coriander leaves
To break the monotony we can also make a colourful sundal with the combination of a handful of all the dhals which the children would relish.We can also add grated carrot,mango,cucumber,ginger,garlic,cabbage etc to improve taste.
Here are some recipes which I've come across

MODERN VARIETIES
CORN SUNDAL
Ingredients
Corn-1
Big onions-2(chopped finely)
Red chilly-4
Mustard-1tsp
Coconut grated-2tbsp
Salt,oil-as required
Lemon-1/2
Curry leaves-a few

Method
Cook the corn with salt and remove from the cob
Season with the ingredients
Add the corn,coconut and saute for 5min
Remove and add lime juice
Serve garnished with curry leaves
Chaat masala can also be added

GREEN MOONG/KARAMANI/ SWEET SUNDAL
Ingredients
Green moong ful /Karamani-1 cup precooked
Jaggery powdered-1/2cup
Coconut grated-2 tbsp
Ghee-2 tsp
Cardamon powder-a pinch

Method
In a heavy bottomed vessel add ghee,coconut,Green moong/Karamani and jaggery
Remove,once the jaggery becomes thick and garnish with cardomon powder

TRICOLOUR MAGIC
Ingredients
Soya beans-1 cup precooked with salt
Carrot grated-1/2 cup
Coconut grated-1tbsp
Capsicum sliced finely-1/4 cup
Chilly powder-1/2 tsp
Oil,salt-as required
Mustard-1tsp
Asafoetida-a pinch
Coriander leaves-to garnish

Method
Season with all the ingredients
Add soyabeans,coconut,carrot,capsicum and saute for 10 min
Serve garnished with coriander leaves

PUFFED SAGO SUNDAL
Ingredients
Big sago-1/2 cup
Garam masala powder-1tsp
Chilly powder-1tsp
Carrot grated-2tbsp
Oil-1/2 cup
Salt-as required

Method
Heat oil in a kadai,add the sago little by little till they puff up
Remove add the powders,salt and grated carrot

BEATEN RICE (AVAL) SUNDAL
Ingredients
Thick beaten rice-2 cups
Coconut grated-1/4 cup
Jaggery-1/4 cup
Milk-1/2 cup
Cardamon-2 powdered
Cashews-a few roasted

Method
Wash the beaten rice well
Soak it in milk for 10-15 mins
Pour a little water in the jaggery to dissolve and strain it
Heat the jaggery until it becomes to thick consistency
Add cashews and coconut
To this add the soaked rice,ghee and cardamon powder
Mix well and keep it closed for 10 mins
It would come out as grains once it cools

MASALA SUNDAL
Ingredients
Fresh Green peas-1 cup precooked with salt
Big Onions-1 cut finely
Tomato-1 cut finely
Gram flour-1tbsp
Mint leaves-1/2 cup
Saunf-1/4 tsp
Garlic-3 pods
Oil,salt-as required
Chilly powder-1tsp
Mustard-1 tsp
Asafoetida-a pinch
Curry leaves-a few

Method
Take a little of the cooked peas and grind it along with,mint,gram flour,saunf,garlic
Season with mustard,asafoetida,curry leaves and saute along cut onions and tomatoes
Add the precooked peas,saute and finely add the mint paste saute for 2min
Finally add chilly powder,salt and serve hot

Do wait for some GOLU TIPS in my next post

1 comments:

LG said...

That is a good post Renuka with loads of information.