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Verkadalai Urundai

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Kadalai mittai (Chikki) or kadalai Urundai is something I can’t say no any day. My Amma prepared Paruppu Thengai (Cone shaped Peanut jaggery sweet) for my son’s first birthday. At that time, after filling the cone she made some Urundai as I love them. Since karthigai deepam is nearing, I thought of posting this recipe.

Ingredients:

Peanut – 1 cup + 1/2 cup (I used Unsalted, roasted peanuts)

Jaggery – 3/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp

Rice flour / Ghee – to grease (I used Rice flour)

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Method: 

  •  Add jaggery and 1/2 cup of water. After the jaggery melts in water switch off and strain when it comes to room temperature, to remove impurities
  • © TraditionallyModernFoodTake a little water in a small bowl. This is to check the consistency of the jaggery. Just add a few drops of  boiling jaggery into the water. If you could make it a hard ball, then switch off the flame. Otherwise allow it to boil till that consistency is reached

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  • Keep the peanuts in a wide bowl and pour the jaggery to it. Mix it nicely with a ladle

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  • Take some rice flour in a bowl and rub them in hands, and make some balls when it is warm. Do not leave for longtime as it will be difficult to handle if left for a longtime

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My Notes:

  • If peanut and jaggery become sticky and difficult to handle, heat it in low flame for few seconds and the jaggery will melt and can make balls easily
  • Can add dry ginger while melting jaggery
  • If you are using unroasted peanuts, dry Roast the peanuts and use it. If using the peanuts with skin, dry roast and rub the skin off
  • Can be stored in air tight containers and kept in room temperature
  • Avoid using excess Rice flour for greasing hand as it may leave a white layer. Ghee can also be used instead of rice flour

Kondakadalai Sundal

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Today being Varalakshmi Pooja, I had prepared Sweet Kozhukkatai, Sundal, Wheat Appam and paruppu Payasam. Kondakadalai Sundal is also prepared during Vinayaka Chaturthi and Navarathri. It goes well with rice and as a tea time snack. Previously I had posted Channa Masala with kondakadalai, and this sundal is a no-onion no-garlic version, as it is prepared for pooja. Knowing today is pooja day, many of my friends asked for Kozhukattai recipe, knowing I would have prepared that. But to update the notes better, and to make a detailed recipe, I need to discuss with two Kozhukattai experts (my Mom and Mother in Law). Recipes for Sweet Kozhukattai and paruppu Payasam are coming soon.

Kondakadalai Sundal

Preparation Time : 5 min | Soaking Time : 8 hrs | Cooking Time : 25 min | Serves : 3

Recipe Category : Appetizer/Snack

Ingredients:

Chickpeas/Kondakadalai/Channa- 1 cup

Shredded Coconut (Fresh/Frozen) – 3 tbsp

Salt – as needed

To Temper:

Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Urad dal – 1/2 tsp

Dry Red chillies – 2

Channa Dal – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Hing/Asefotida – generous pinch

Coconut Oil- 1 tsp

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Method:

  • Soak  Channa overnight, or at least for 8 hours. Drain the water, add 3 cups of fresh water and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once the cooker comes to room temperature drain the water and keep Channa aside

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  • Add oil to the pan, when the oil is hot add ‘to temper’ items let it crackle
  • Add  chana and required amount of salt and mix well and cook it on low flame for 2 mins. Add coconut and saute for a minute and switch off

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My Notes:

  • Coconut oil gives nice aroma for sundal, so it is preferable
  • Tinned Chickpea can also be used
  • Instead of adding coconut at the end, you can also add after tempering