Saturday, October 10, 2020

Vaerkadalai Sundal / Peanut Sundal

When you hear the name sundal, the mind immediately thinks about Navratri. Nowadays, we have more elaborate lunch or dinner get-togethers during Navratri. But in my childhood, we had only sundal. We visit our friends and families during this Navratri time to look at the golu in each home, and we will be given the sundal that was offered to the goddess. Sundal is a healthy snack as it protein-packed. Usually, they are made with legumes or dhals, but peanuts are also a great option. Peanut sundal is very common neivedhyam during Navratri. Cooking with the pods and peeling them is laborious. Here is a quick version that is ready in 20-25 minutes. It is very simple to make. This is equally tasty. 

I am posting this for Blogging Marathon. This is for the A-Z series Neivedhyam Recipes. This is also great for Ganesh Chathurthi, Navratri, and other festivals too. I am very happy as this is my first time joining the wonderful group and enjoyed my time making this.


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Vaerkadalai / Peanut (raw) - 1 cup

Salt - 1 tsp

Water - 1 and 1/2 cup


Oil - 1 tsp

Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp

Split urad dhal -1/4 tsp

Curry leaf - 1 sprig

Asafoetida - 1/8 tsp


Pressure cook the peanuts with water and salt for 3 whistles. Once cooled, drain the water. 

In a pan, heat the oil. When it is hot add the mustard seeds. After it splutters, add the dhal, asafoetida, and curry leaves. Fry for a minute till the dhal is golden brown. Then add the drained peanuts and continue stir fry till all the water evaporates. 

Sundal is ready to be served hot, warm, or at room temperature.


1 tbsp of coconut can also be added at the end which adds more flavor to the sundal.


  1. Welcome to the group Radha !
    Nothing like childhood memories , and this Peanut Sundal . It looks delicious with these flavours , though we always make a chat with these .

    1. Thanks Vaishali. Yes we do make chat with peanuts, but on festival days especially during Navratri, this sundal is made definitely.

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  3. Welcome to the group RAdha. I have wonderful memories associated with peanut sundal and my mom makes them almost the same way.

    1. Thanks Harini. I glad to know that it is close enough to your mom's preparation.

  4. Welcome to the BM group Radha. So true about Navratri traditions. I remember just getting sundal and vetrilai paaku but these days it's all about elaborate meals and what not. But nothing can beat sundal and this peanut sundal is my absolute favorite. Nicely made.

    1. Yes, Srividhya. Going to everyone's home during Navratri Golu for tamboolam, coming back home to check who gave what sundal is a fun childhood thing. Great memories.Thanks.

  5. Welcome to the BM group! Hope you enjoy this journey... :) Love that crunchy sundal, definitely such a mouthful...

    1. Thanks, Rafeeda. Reading all your blogs is making the journey more delightful.

  6. Welcome to the group Radha, we always make this for the Navaratri pooja and have fond childhood memories too...Hope you will enjoy being part of the group.

  7. peanut sundal looks so nice and good. Welcome to the group Radha.