Navaratri Recipes | Navratri Special Day 2 ~ Konda Kadalai Sundal, Puliyodarai

The second day of the Navratri saw us hurrying to prepare Konda Kadalai Sundal and Puliyodarai. As Athamma was making the neivedyam today, I gave her the choice to select the lentil. I guess the fact that we still have a never ending flow of this lentil, she choose this over the rest! When I have to make neivedyam on a Sunday I normally make Pulihora, but since hubby dear is off tamarind and lime for a while, I haven't made either of these in recent times.

It always amazes me seeing Athamma asking me for each measurement when she attempts Pulihora. Though a good cook herself, this dish somehow baffles her always. I get perplexed seeing how a simple dish for me, sounds so complex for her. That I think is the reason why even though we have so many blogs, recipe sites, people still write asking for some dish or the other. Life's complexity is shown varied so often in such simple moments. When we understand and implement we will get to see the difference!

Starting today, I thought I would read up again on what I did the same day a year back, and two years back. Though one leads to a non veg post, my account of the day was very interesting for myself to remember that day! Life gets captured in a motionless picture, while a blog post captures in a moving sensation!

One year : Pepper Chicken Curry
Two years : Jonna Roti or Indian Bread with Jowar flour


Hubby dear is away for the weekend. We planned well ahead on how to manage our cooking and spend time with the kids. We realize again how being with them is full time job. I made Appam with Tomato Kurma and Coconut Milk. Once the puja was done, we went ahead with the breakfast. I really enjoyed the day playing with them non stop. But yes, though its interesting and exciting, I don't think one can manage the kid's energy to play play non stop!

Throughout the day, they kept asking for their dad and even worse for their car! We told them that Daddy has taken it for a wash. They won't rest and were worried that their bus was not to be seen. Finally I put them for their afternoon nap. Konda has gone festival shopping with Amma.


Andhra Pulihora ~ Tamarind Rice with Sesame Seeds

Konda Kadalai Sundal

This is very similar to the way we made the Karamani Sundal. Except this tastes great with grated coconut.

Konda Kadalai - 1 cup
Onions - 1 small
Green Chillies - 2 medium
Curry Leaves
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds , Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp

Method to prepare:

Wash and soak Kadalai overnight. This needs to be soaked for atleast 6 hours. When you are using it, drain wash again and add enough water to the lentil.

Pressure cook till it's soft and tender. Drain the water. Since this tends to be little more hard, you need to put it for extra whistles.

Heat a pan with oil. Add in the mustard seeds and Urad dal. When the mustard splutters, add in the onions, green chilies and curry leaves. Saute till the onions are transparent.

Then add the cooked channa, salt. Combine everything well.

Simmer and cover for a minute. Just before switching it off, add the grated coconut and mix again.


If you are thinking why I haven't covered anything with specific to Kolams and other related things, think no further. When it comes to Rangoli, I am hopeless. I am thinking I should ask Konda to do some kolam, as she shows much talent in that area. Since I can't do, I haven't thought much about them, though Amma was saying about traditional things to be followed daily.

Well this is the extent I can stretch myself! I wish you all a great week ahead. And for those of you still in your sunday, well have a great day.

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