Festival Recipes

Payiru Sundal ~ Green gram steamed stir fry ~ Moong Dal Sundal

I have often wondered what the English equivalent of Sundal is .. (Sundal in Tamil / Husli in Kannada). While curries are generally used to denote anything between Sambhar, Rasam and Kootu even extending sometimes to Poriyals, can we also then define what a sundal is, in English?? May be my dear readers will enlighten me… Coming to today’s post, I have made a very simple Payiru Sundal with green gram sprouts. This Sundal can be made even without sprouting too, but somehow these sprouts are very common in my family, even with kiddo liking some dishes made out of it (need to see how long this ‘like sprouts’ flavour lasts….)


Quick to make, the procedure for making this and other gram Sundals is almost the same, and 9 (nine) varieties of this is generally made as Naivedyam for the Goddess during each day of Navratri.Also Sending this to my own event –Fasting foods (Vrat Ka Khaana special)along withBlogging Marathon # 8– week 2 under “Cook with 5 or less ingredients” theme as also Flavours of the Southevent You could also make this for a very healthy & filling evening snack.Let’s get on to the recipe…. Check out my other blogging friendshere. Other dishes using Moong Sprouts that might interest you are:

Prep time : 15 mins (apart from Soaking and Sprouting). Cook time : 20 mins. Serves : 3


  • Moong Dal / Green gram (whole) – 1 cup
  • Tempering : Oil (1 tsp) + mustard, curry leaves, green or red chillies (2 nos) + Asafoetida (a pinch) + grated ginger (1/2 tsp)
  • Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Grated coconut and /or coriander – for garnish


1) Soak green gram for 8- 10 hours. Drain and tie it in a muslin cloth / cheese cloth overnight or over 12 hours to get fine loong Moong sprouts.

2) Pressure cook this with minimum salt and water for 3 whistles. Drain the water.

3) In a pan, prepare tempering with all the ingredients. Add the cooked moong dal. Stir lightly. Adjust salt and seasonings. Add grated coconut, coriander and lemon juice.

4) Serve warm. This also goes well with hot phulkas for a very proteinicious meal 🙂




  1. Wow this is such a healthy snack…I luv this..Thanks for ur comments and keep visiting 🙂

  2. Healthy sundal..A bowl of sundal with a cup of curd will be a filling meal for me.

  3. vaishali sabnani

    super …like the healthy dish.

  4. Lifewithspices

    very healthy sundal..

  5. Very healthy and delicious.

  6. Priya Suresh

    Nutritious n protein packed sundal,i can finish that bowl anytime..

  7. I guess in english we can call it a salad on a general note..:)..as you can make a sundal with just sprouts and onions, tomatoes which make a great salad. Curry acc to my dictionary usually means to a gravy dish made with masala. Only tamilians esp tambrahims, call the dry side dishes (poriyals) as curry. Rest of the clad refer curry to the gravy kurmas etc..but then come to think of it, there are so many names for the same dish that it's not surprising if one gets confused..:)..lovely picture by the way

  8. @ valli – u r right to an extent : Curry is more a legacy by the British RAj in India (like the way they anglicised so many of our disehs). But the authentic tam brahms actually call any dry dish as "karamudhu" (tamil) or max poriyal . Curry is more used colloquially !

  9. chef and her kitchen

    very yummy snack..looks delicious..:)

  10. Healthy snacks…

  11. Santosh Bangar

    healthy stire for fast or otherwiise

  12. Rani acharyulu

    Healthy yummy sundal looks delicious!

  13. protein packed snack!

  14. MySpicyKitchen

    I would call it salad or a sauteed green gram sprouts.

  15. Would love to eat it just plain as a snack also.

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  16. wow healthy recipe,luks so delicious and tempting…

  17. Looks delicious …

  18. very healthy looking dish

  19. one healthy and tasty dish!…love to eat it just like that!

  20. very nice recipe…

  21. Priya dharshini

    Nice sundal..A useful recipe during this festival time..

  22. KrithisKitchen

    Fav kind of evening snack!!

  23. Love this version of sundal, mouth watering and healthy 🙂

  24. Suma Gandlur

    One of my favorites. I usually call it a salad. 🙂

  25. Healthy & nutritious Sundal. Lovely clicks.

  26. I make this too .. looks good Kalyani. Healthy.

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  27. thats one yummy click!


  28. My favourite sundal and usually I make during Navratri!!

  29. Cool Lassi(e)

    Salad is an apt title to Sundal! Lovely and healthy sundal, Kalyani!

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