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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

For everybody including me, kolu means the first thing is Sundal that comes to our mind. I have posted this Pasi payaru sweet sundal 2 years back when I made it for my kolu. Last year I din’t post any sundal recipe in my blog. But I did made pasi paruppu sundal, channa dal sundal and verkadalai sundal. Dint concentrated on clicking pictures to post here. Just was excited about my kolu. Yes. I love to keep kolu at my home. This is going to be boring for some of you, so feel free to skip reading this.
    I have been brought up seeing my mom keeping kolu. So from my childhood I loved it. My mom every year never misses to keep kolu. We have a ‘mara potti’ full of dolls especially for that. The marapaachi bommai, chettiyar couple are few of my favouritesBatting Eyelashes. The festive mood starts few days before by taking out the dolls and sometimes we make cute little dresses for the dolls as well.
kolu-2011My last year's(2011) Kolu. First two steps with the dolls and 3rd step is only for Aj, only his toys :)
  We take a tray and spread manal(sea sand) and sprinkle either fenugreek seeds or mustard seeds. Sprinkle water everyday and grow it to make a ‘mini forest’. We arrange all kutti plastic animals in that forest. My mom makes a bowl as pond and we have some (plastic)tiny cute turtles, flowers, fishes,alligators to make them float in the mini pond. Tennis courts, cricket ground any one of this will be there. These all are kept aside down the kolu steps.
  My mom keeps either 5 steps or 3 steps due to space constrains. She has a white embroidered cloth specially for spreading over the steps. For me when my mom arranges every dolls over the steps, then only I will start missing playing with those dolls or will feel like taking out the doll from the kolu and play. But they will strictly not allow to move even an inch, the dolls when it is in the kolu. And not to forget the last day-night, when we make all the dolls sleep. I love that partTongue .Still if I remember those days, are sweet.

kolu 2011    The poorna kumbam with coconut and maavilai is considered a 'must' in the kolu...

After I got married, I was only one year or so at Chennai and MIL has no practice to keep kolu. And after that when I came here, few years, though I had a strong wish to keep kolu, somehow dint happened. Then when I told my mom and MIL, they encouraged me a lot and bought new dolls, even my mom passed few of her old dolls to me for my kolu. Then two years back, I successfully kept my own koluParty. Last year too I did. I felt so proud and so do my mom and MIL Happy.  I have no much friends to call home for my kolu. So I call my SIL, Jeyashri usually, and last year, Janani aslo visited my kolu. Janani called me for her kolu as well and I was lucky to see her beautiful kolu :)

Even at my mom’s place at Salem, there were lots of friends, but not many will take time to come home to see the kolu. So some times my  mom even takes the goodie bag with a blouse bit, pocket mirror, comb, vetrilai paaku (betel leaves and nut), flowers, kumkum, turmeric, yellow thread along with Sundal and payasam, to their home and give them. Some of them will then take time to come and see :) Here SIL with her kids are kind enough to come inspite of the distance.
   Ok now, coming to the recipe, this peanut sundal is one I loved when Janani gave when I went to her kolu. It was tasting simply superb. Usually I add grated coconut. But I felt like she had ground the coconut which made it look good. So I tried that way, she had ground the coconut fine,though I ground very coarsely. Still loved it! My mom always makes the sundal moist. Not very dry. I too prefer that way. Sundals are simple to make, but make a healthy snack. So even if you dont keep kolu, do make sundal and eat Smug. This year, since Rukku paati passed away, we are not celebrating any festivals and sadly no kolu as well....

Peanut sundal/ Verkadalai Sundal recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Snack
Prep Time: 1 hr soaking time    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 3


Peanut (dry) - 1 cup

Coconut - 1/8 cup

Salt - as needed

To temper

Oil - 2 tsp

Mustard - 1 tsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp

Red chilli - 2-3

Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Asafoetida - 3 pinches


  1. Soak the peanuts for 1-2  hours. Drain and pressure cook for 3 whistles with 3/4 cup water,salt. sundal-1
  2. Drain and keep aside. Heat a pan with oil and temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table. Add the drained peanuts and give a stir for a minute. sundal-2
  3. Add the coconut (I ground coarsely)  and mix well for a minute.sundal-3


  • My  mom never drain the water and boil it until it evaporates.
  • If you use fresh peanuts, no need to soak, just pressure cook with salt.
  • You can add finely chopped ginger after you temper for extra flavour.
  • You can also grind coconut, green chilli and ginger coarsely and add lastly instead of using red chillies while tempering. 
  • I made less in quantity for this post than I have mentioned in the ingredients.

Transfer to the serving bowl. It is simple with least ingredients, yet flavourful and juicy sundal!
verkadalai sundal recipe

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  1. nice sundal and excellent golu...esp love the 3rd step....

  2. Nice golu pictures!!! yummy sundal - very festive!!!
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  3. I am also planning to post this sundal...love love your kolu...so beautiful...like that different ganpathi..i have that too..

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  5. Nice pics Raji..Golu used to b der at my Grany's place..I never kept it so far but love to visit other's houses during navratri for golu..loved ur son's collection..yummy sundal

  6. love the first pic. it's a bit different and the lighting is lovely :)

  7. It is truly fun to arrange the 'kolu' and invite friends over to view. i can very well understand your mother's predicament. i too hardly have people who bother to visit. but that does not stop me from arranging it.
    I make also the vearkadalai sundal one of the days. Like Nags said the picture is absolutely lovely.

  8. Love the kolu.. simply cute.. it shows tat u hv a car lover kid..i am sersly going to miss kolu this time.. due to some demise in my fils family...i prepare so much so much.. feeling tat am in a lost land .... .will miss my dolls..n one of my fav sundal is def this verkadalai n paasi paruppu ..

  9. Even i miss the golu in my mom's place which we used to decorate so nicely. She makes 9 steps and as kids we were so enthusiastic to arrange everything esp the park.
    Lovely sundal and i loved the golu u kept at ur place last year. Pretty clicks and props

  10. It's is opposite in my case..Mom never kept golu at home..but MIL keeps....On seeing her keep for the first couple of years, I too got very interested and excited...then started keeping golu at home...but after my second one is born, I could not keep last year, in fear that she would break the dolls, This year also I think I'll have to do something small.
    Sundal looks delicious..as usual the clicks are beautiful

  11. A nice & tasty sundal!!And so loved the kolu.. :)
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  12. simple and tasty peanut sundal... kolu looks awesome.... lov the theme of your son...

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  13. Love the kolu. Simple and yum sundal

  14. Loved ur kolu pic,simple n healthy sundal....

  15. What an awesome clicks!! Wow..long long since i saw or kept a Kolu:-( Looks great Raks.I made ur potato masala twice and it was soo great ..just as yummy as ur pics!

  16. Lovely clicks and sundal..

  17. My hubby loves peanuts i am sure he will love this.

  18. Nice kolu Raji.nicely decorated and i love the cute little car section of ur son.This sundal never tried before.will give a try once.

  19. looks absolutely inviting and tempting.. very delicious recipe dear..

  20. I don't keep kolu (even my mom and MIL don't) but my sis does it for last 3 years. She does it very nicely and her 2 daughters enjoy it. See the kids I keep thinking about starting (still thinking :-)) Nice golu.. I love the first pic. Peanut sundal is very tempting

  21. Sundal looks fantastic,even am missing this kolu and all..Love that 3rd step,looks damn cute and beautiful.

  22. I get very excited when it comes to kolu, my grandma used to keep it. She would have plenty of dolls and so she would keep 9 steps. Yours looks cute raji. Peanut sundal is calling me now :)

  23. Very inviting peanut sundal you made dear. Awesome clicks. First time seeing this kolu and read about it. Amazing dear...

  24. lovely post...nice cliks of traditional golu
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  25. Gud to see your golu ...I am always eagar to see those beauties ....one of sundal I like very much ..nice clicks dear

  26. Very nice recipe!!!


  27. Easy quick sundal. Happy Navaratri Celebration girl!

  28. coming across one more sundal recipe and this looks so delicious. it would even taste good with fresh peanuts.

  29. Hi Raks.....I love all ur dishes...Can u pls tell me some easy reciepe with fried peanuts as well...


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