Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Peanut Sundal

Peanuts are the most favorite in most of the houses. I like the typical boiled and salted peanut which we usually make at home. Right from my childhood with all my cousins, we enjoy this boiled peanuts, peeling off their shells and having the peanuts. It is always great to have a chitchat time along with the peanuts. So, this time I want to try this peanut sundal for a change. 

We always make the peas, chick peas, or green gram for the 9 days of Navarathri. I want to include this one into the 9 days and give a variety, although this is a very common one for many of them.
Some days we forget to soak the peas or others overnight. I make use of this kind of sundal on those days. 

You Need
2 cups Raw peanuts with skin
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp split black gram (urad dal)
4 -5 dried red chillies
1/8-1/4 tsp turmeric
pinch of asafoetida
4-5 curry leaves
1-2 tbsp coconut (I always use frozen)
1/2 - 1/4 cup chopped raw mango
salt to taste

Soak the peanuts for about an hour in water. Now,  boil the peanuts with a pinch of turmeric. I pressure cooked for 3-4 whistles or until soft. It takes to about 30 - 40 mins. Once its cooked to tender, drain off the water and set aside. 
Tamper the mustard seeds. Add the dhal and saute for a while. Add the dried chili and asafoetida and saute for a while. Then add the curry leaves and coconut and saute for about 1/2 a min. Now comes the peanut. Saute for about 2 mins by adding salt. Finally, add the raw mango and turn off. Do not saute for more than a min after adding the mango. 

Serve the simple salad. 

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