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Pacha Payaru Sundal | Green Gram Sundal

Navratri starts tomorrow and sundal is one of the main neivedhyam (offering) prepared during this festival. Sundal is like a no onion-no garlic snack made with different legumes, beans or lentils with freshly grated coconut and simple tempering of mustard seeds, urad dal, red chillies and curry leaves. Sundal is protein packed, so you can make it anytime as a healthy snack.

I have already posted few sweet and savoury sundal recipes in the blog. Today I'm posting a simple sundal wih green gram/pacha payaru which requires no soaking. If you have time, you can soak it to reduce cooking time. But if you are pressed for time, you can make this in less time without worrying about pre-soaking, as most legumes and beans require. I have posted the sweet version of this - you can check out the pacha payaru sweet sundal recipe here. Let's see how to make this easy sundal.


{ Green gram with coconut and spices }


1/2 cup pacha payaru / green gram
3 tbsp grated coconut
Salt to taste

To temper:
1 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp split urad dal
Pinch of hing/asafoetida
1 dry red chilly
Few curry leaves
1 green chilly, finely chopped


1. Pressure cook the green gram for 3 whistles adding water just enough to cover it.

2. Heat a small pan and add oil. Then add mustard seeds, urad dal, red chilly, asafoetida, green chilly and curry leaves.

3. Add the cooked green gram, coconut, salt and gently combine everything.
Notes and Tips

  • The green gram should not be over cooked and turn mushy.
  • You can add lemon juice at the end.

Onion and Poppy Seed Bialys #BreadBakers

It's the second Tuesday of the month and it's time for the Bread Baker's monthly bread! This month Wendy of A day in the life on the farm suggested to bake any international bread. I was looking for an easy bread as I knew I would end up baking at the last minute with no extra time to bake another batch if my first attempt failed!! If you love baking bread and want to join this wonderful bread baking group, scroll to the end of the post for further details.

I had Bialys bookmarked long time back when I saw some posts from my fellow blogger friends. I followed the recipe from King Arthur Flour. Bialys is a chewy round Polish bread with a small depression in the middle filled with onions and poppy seeds. The original recipe calls from high gluten flour which lends the chewiness to the Bialys but if you can also use all-purpose flour with vital wheat gluten as substitute. I added a pinch of curry powder and garam masala to the onion filling for an Indian touch :) Off to the recipe now!


{ Polish rolls filled with onion and poppy seed filling }


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp instant yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup lukewarm water

For the filling:
2 tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 large onions, finely diced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp poppy seeds


1.  Add the flour, yeast, salt and water in a food processor and knead till the dough comes together.

2. Knead by hand for about 5-7 minutes or until you get a smooth and failry stiff dough. You can use your stand mixer or bread machine to knead.

3. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover it. Keep in a warm place for about 1 1/2 hours or until it's just about doubled.

4. To make the filling, heat a pan and add olive oil. Add the garlic, onion and fry over medium heat till it's dark brown. Add poppy seeds, pepper, salt and combine. Set aside to cool.

5. Gently deflate the dough and divide it into 8 balls. Take a ball and shape into 4" to 5" circles with a small rim. Keep the remaining dough covered.

6. Place the shaped circles on a parchment-lined or lightly greased baking sheet. Prick the center using a fork. Place about a tablespoon of the onion filling into the center of each bialys.

7. Preheat the oven to 230 C | 425 F.

8. Top the bialys with a sheet of parchment or aluminum foil and then with another baking sheet.

9. Bake the bialys for 4 minutes. Remove them from the oven, and remove the baking sheet and parchment or foil.

10. Return the bialys to the oven, and bake for an additional 7 minutes, till they're a slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.

Notes and Tips
  • Original recipe calls for high gluten flour. 
  • You can refrigerate the dough overnight after the first rise. Next day, haw for 30 minutes and proceed with remaining recipe.

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to