Sizzling Tastebuds, Snacks

Sprouts Sundal – healthy snacks for kids

We give in to a  lot of temptation when it comes to cooking
for kids – extra cheese, extra butter, extra cream etc. While all that is ok,
its important to moderate it too. This week’s series presents kids delight in
snacky avatars.  Snacks must be the most popular category on my blog, for at
last count, I had about 100+ varieties of snacks for kids and parties. That
probably sums up the creation of this blog – to record what I cook for the
family – healthy meals with an occasional indulgence. 

Both kids love sprouts, so I usually sprout moong once a week – it
goes to Tikkis, burger patties, raita & so forth. Elder one is also fond of
Sundals (aka Usli in Kannada)  – these are steamed Indian type salad with
legumes / split lentils – so this one was definitely approved by her. Easy
to make, proteinicious and fills them up for playtime. Also a great idea for adults
for a 4 pm snack craving. You can cook the sprouts fully, but I like them
parboiled and lightly sauteed. 


If you have the sprouts ready on hand, its a
breeze to make to. Addition of onions while sauteeing is totally optional, but
I dont add to any Sundal variety.  I hope you dont wait just for Navaratri to make these delicious Sundals. 

So, while this goes to BM# 53 under Snacks – Kids Delight, Valli’s
event, hosted by Sandhya, do check out the quick recipe and similar sundal

Battani Sundal (fresh / frozen peas Salad)

Kadalai paruppu Sundal (split bengal gram

Konda Kadalai Sundal (black chickpeas Salad)

Avarekaalu Usli (hyacinth bean Salad)

Pachai Payiru Sundal (whole green gram


Prep time : 10 mins. cook : 10 mins, serves : 4

  • Moong Sprouts – 1.5 cups
  • Oil – 1 TBSP
  • Grated ginger – 1/2 tsp
  • chopped green and red chillies – 2 each
  • Tempering : mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida
  • salt – to taste
  • Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Coriander leaves and fresh / frozen grated coconut – to garnish


  1. Par boil the sprouts for 8-10 mins with a pinch a salt. Drain
  2. In a non stick pan, add oil and all tempering ingredients. Saute.
    Now add grated ginger, chillies and stir again. Add salt and boiled / drained
    sprouts. Give it a quick stir
  3. Check for salt and spices. 
  4. Finish with lemon juice, coriander leaves and grated coconut




  1. Suma Gandlur

    Usli used to frequently appear as evening snack while growing up and so I am partial towards them. 🙂 Love this moong one too.

  2. We have this as a side dish to rice. Havent tried it as a snack yet. Will do!

  3. vaishali sabnani

    Ww make sprouts every week and have them as salads , like it aa a side dish !

  4. Its wonderful your kids enjoy these sundals, mine wouldn't even touch them!…very nice!

  5. We do enjoy sprouts at home. This seem like a delicious snack for tiffin …Tks

  6. parboiling is a great idea…we usually eat without cooking…healthy and yum snack btw…

  7. Priya Suresh

    Protein packed sundal, one of my fav..I can have this sundal anytime.

  8. Nice healthy snacks.. Great pics!

  9. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    My boys love the sprouts as well! What a wonderful choice for snacking 🙂

  10. The Pumpkin Farm

    i love this so much and yet never made it at home…this sprouted version sounds delicious

  11. Chef Mireille

    what a healthy snack

  12. Love the sprouts sundal.

  13. nice and healthy sundal.

  14. Varada's Kitchen

    Interesting to note this was served as a snack. It looks similar to the salads served with dinner. Healthy dish.

  15. Healthy, nutritious and delicious sprouts sundal.

  16. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Healthy snacking. With all that seasoning it must taste awesome! !

  17. Completely agree. This is a way healthier dish when compared to the other snacks! Good one Kalyani…

  18. Healthy and protein rich recipe looks good.

  19. We love sprouts sundal too Kal. Looks yumm

  20. Sneha's Recipe

    A healthy sprouts snack.

  21. Sowmya :)

    Lovely idea to make sprouts into a sundal…..

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