Payaru Sundal (Sprouted Green gram Salad Recipe)
For other Navaratri Festival Recipes click here Another Sundal recipe for Navarathri Festival is this Payaru Sundal. In Tamil the word "Payaru" denotes Green gram. This Sundal is supposedly made on the 2nd day of the festival with the first being Wheat Diamond Biscuits I am following the order given by my mother where she mentioned what to cook on what day though I am sure it may not be so for many others where they make these on any other day. You can verify from your household on what to cook on what day.
Payaru Sundal (Sprouted Green gram Salad Recipe)
But irrespective of the household, the recipes for the Navartri are not that different and follow almost the same recipe throughout for all of the days. Like the previous two recipes "Chickpeas Sundal" and "Wheat Diamond Biscuits", this recipe is also very simple and does not involve any major cooking time or effort. On top of it, it is immensely healthy. These can be prepared in at least 3 ways (well, that I know of ) which I have elaborated below. The ingredients list is same as Chickpeas Sundal recipe with just the legume being different.
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  • Yields: Makes 2 cups
  • 2 cups Sprouted Green gram (Soak green gram overnight, drain,tie them up in a muslin cloth for another 12-14 hrs for them to sprout)
  • 1/4 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp split black gram
  • 2-3 dried red chillies (or as per taste)
  • 2-3 tbsp grated coconut ( use frozen if you like - you can increase or decrease the qty as per taste)
  • salt to taste

There aren't any steps for me to really show of in this recipe since it is insanely simple. But I will elaborate on the methods adopted by different households.

Method 1 - Raw Salad (Highly nutritious)This is the method that I generally opt for since its nutrition is much more than the remaining two methods. Since there is no cooking involved, the sprouts retain their nutrition. Just temper the mustard seeds in the oil. Once they start spluttering add the split gram and red chillies. Once they start browning add the coconut and saute for 1 minute or so until the rawness of the coconut disappears. Switch off the burners and then after a minute or so, add the sprouts and give it a quick toss along with salt until blended. Serve


Method 2 - Steamed Salad ( Medium nutrition )

Few people find it weird to taste the rawness of the sprouts. For such people, steam the sprouts for 1-2 minutes. Less contact with water better. Steaming should take care of the rawness of the sprouts and then follow the same procedure as above.

Method 3 - Cooked Salad ( Comparatively Low nutrition to the previous 2 ) I mention specifically about the comparatively part since having this salad is way healthier than any other food :) Hence consuming this in any of the methods would sure enhance the nutrition of your daily needs. Its just about making it as much nutritious as possible. In this method, you simply add the sprouts once the tempering is done and toss it around in low heat for 1-2 minutes until rawness of the sprouts goes away. Payaru Sundal (Sprouted Green gram Salad Recipe)

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By Nilangini Gupta on Sep 23, 2011

Tasty and healthy!

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By Vardhini on Oct 31, 2010

I followed the steaming method. The raw sprouts tasted sweet but the steamed ones were a little bitter.  Not sure why. Good recipe considering the health benefits of sprouts.


By Madeleine on Feb 14, 2013

Very nice recipe! I have recently gotten into sprouting and for me this is an ideal way to eat my sprouts. I am American and *love* Indian food but I am new to sundals. I have traveled in India but only in the northeast, and I didn't taste any sundals there. Being very quick to make, very healthy, and very easy to customize with favorite spices, I think I will be making a lot more of them in the future. I closely followed your recipe for this one because it was my first time making it, but I added some crumbled curd chiles to the left-overs because I love them. Delicious!

By bobs on Jan 1, 2013

Just curious regarding method 1. The narrative refers to oil, but there is no mention of it in the recipe. What type of oil?

By Deepa on Oct 21, 2012

I made this today, method 2. Also added lemon juice and black pepper. Was excellent! I also made kuzhakattai from your blog's recipe. It turned out great! Thanks for the excellent recipes, and photos.

I am glad to hear that Deepa. Thank you :) --DK

By Chana on Dec 4, 2010

DK, this recipe is posted on my kitchen wall, and this evening, in the icy cold of December, the sprouts, urad dal, chilies, coconut, and mustard seeds, went into the pan. I do have jiva for these scents and tastes! Yes! Thanks again for posting the recipe to your web pages!

By sr on Oct 13, 2010

i made this chundal (method 3) and added grated green apples to it for an extra zing! tasted awesome :)

By sr on Oct 11, 2010

I made this sundal today (method 3). I added diced green apple for an extra zingy flavor. Kids loved that! Thanks

By Ramya on May 6, 2010

Tried this nutrious recipe today and it turned out good.Thank you.

By Chana on Sep 22, 2009

DK, how much I appreciate what you are sharing with us, from your own ingenuity and curiousity, from your tradition, from your Mom and all the other references from friends and neighbors that come through. Thank you! My moon sprouts are ready today. These are the quickest and easiest for me. And they are always sweet and delicious. I also sprout kala (black) chana dal which I learned about from Aron at the Little India shop on Lexington Avenue. Also, the kala chana are used in a recipe called the Vaidya's Salad (in a book by Miriam Hospodor.)

By CurryLeaf on Sep 22, 2009

Yum.Healthy and great .Love both versions

By Parita on Sep 22, 2009

Oh i have never madr sprouted green gram salad in this way before...sounds good

By Priya on Sep 22, 2009

Sprouted green gram salad looks very beautiful and healthy DK..

By Trish on Sep 21, 2009

I agree with Pavani...I am learning so very much. This looks very interesting. Isn't it great to share food across the world? I don't think I have ever seen this sprouted gram before

Oh yes I agree with you Trish! I am such an ardent disciple of various cuisines and its astounding how many of them share recipes amongst their cultures with minor additions reflecting the place they are from. These gram are so nutritious and are so easy to sprout - will do an elaborate post about them sometime :) --- DK

By Pavani on Sep 21, 2009

Looks delicious DK. I'm learning a lot from your Navrathri feast series. Keep those goodies coming. :-)

By Siri on Sep 21, 2009

that is yummy looking salad DK. love the last pic :D Hugs, Siri