Navarathiri Special Day 3 – Pattani Sundal

Pattani Sundal (Green Peas Sundal) 

Navarathiri, the festival of 9 nights celebrates three Goddesses – Sri Durga, Sri Lakshmi and Sri Saraswathi. We keep a ‘golu’ of dolls in odd number of stairs and invite people to visit the golu. Sundal is usually served to all those who visit. In olden days children were dressed up like Gods during Navarathiri days. The higher stairs on the golu houses statues of Gods and the lower stairs has people dolls. Additionally, park or train sets were set up as a scene at the bottom of the golu.

Shopping for Navarathiri dolls in Chennai is always an exciting affair. Every year different new dolls are introduced and as kids we used to have fun shopping and arranging these dolls. I used to learn or brush up one or two of my favorite light classical carnatic songs as we were asked to sing in front of the golu.

I am celebrating Navarathiri and posting sundal recipes and photos here in my blog. Do checkout Day 1 and Day 2. For Day 3 we made this awesome Pattani Sundal (Dried Green Peas Sundal). I soaked pattani in water overnight.

Pattani Sundal


1. Pre-Soaked Pattani – 1 Cup

2. Salt to taste

3. Oil to temper

4. Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp

5. Fine coconut powder

To Roast and grind

1. Oil to temper

2. Asafoetida – 1 pinch or a small bark

3. Bengal gram dal – 1 tsp

4. Red Chilli – 1


1. Pressure cook pattani along with the required salt in a pressure cooker for not more than 2 whistles. If your pattani is still not cooked, you may cook for another one whistle in the cooker

2. Roast and grind the ingredients mentioned above under ‘To Roast and grind’

3. Heat oil in a pan

4. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds

5. Once mustard seeds splatter add cooked pattani to the pan followed by coconut powder

6. Mix well. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves


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