Groundnuts Sundal (Peanut Sundal) – A healthy snack
What is a Sundal?
Before heading for Groundnuts Sundal one must know what is a sundal? A Sundal is a 2 step method of cooking which involves steaming and stir frying with aroma and seasoning. Legumes and bean varieties (like groundnuts or chickpeas or kidney beans and more) are used to cook sundal. This method is very famous in Tamilnadu and all of South India. It is usually preferred as breakfast or an evening snack. Those who are under strict diet and weight management prefer sundal almost everyday because legumes or beans have high protein content and have amazing weight reduction properties. To become more clear on what sundal is, go ahead and check this recipe. This is the most basic and common version of sundal. Groundnuts Sundal is the most common among sundals followed by peas. If you ask me I would say groundnuts sundal is my favourite.
Eating Groundnuts as Sundal is More Healthy
Like I mentioned before, groundnut sundal is the most popular among sundals followed by chickpeas. Groundnuts are rich in Vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein, manganese and antioxidants. In addition, they are also rich in mono-unsaturated fats which are good for heart. Consuming groundnuts normally or as a sundal has proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. So why not include this at least once a week? Here is the recipe.
Soaked Groundnuts (Peanuts) – 3 Cups
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
Urad Dal (Black Gram) – 1 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds (Jeera) – 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Asafoetida (Heeng) – a pinch
Salt to taste
You can make Groundnuts Sundal better by:
Adding grated coconut and ginger and even carrot;
Adding coriander leaves; and
Adding lemon juice because some people love a splash of lemon as it is so refreshing.