Growing up I remember accompanying my mom to many homes during Navrathri for vetalai-paak. it would be fun..as we would get some gift and i would get to hear the gossip..which by the way i would repeat verbatim to my sis who refused to come to any such places and chundal (not a hot favorite). The painful part was the singing..and i used to sing a song which was just 4 lines...any time there was a request to sing a song...bam! i would sing that song in express speed ;)
I have not been a big fan of chundal and when amma made it i actually would combine it with the vella-payasam or something sweet and eat..The only chundal i would eat and protect it as if it were my property is peanut chundal. I love peanuts..so it is obvious why i love this.
The recipe is soo easy and honestly..you cannot overeat it..even if you try..it is just not possible!!
Peanuts : 1/2 cup
Oil - 1 tsp.
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp.
Urad Dal and Chana Dal - 1/4 tsp. each
Red Chilly - 2
Hing - a pinch
Coconut Grated - 1 tbls
Curry leaves - 4 torn
Salt - as needed
1. Pressure cook the peanuts with reqd. salt and keep aside.
2. In a pan, add the oil, then the mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the dals and the red chilly and fry till the dals change color.
3. Add the Curry leaves and hing and cook for a couple of seconds..then add the peanuts and cook for a couple of minutes.
4. Finish it off by adding the grated coconut.
This is off to Viji of Vcuisine who is hosting RCI - Tamil Festivals.