Pancha Dhanya sunDal (five pulses)
Got mom to prepare sunDal/ Usali for the last day pooja.
Black/brown Chick Peas(channa/ kaDale kaaLu) - 1 cup (Can be replaced with Kabul channa too)
Green Gram (moong/ hesaru kaaLu) - 1 cup
Green Peas (mutter/ bataaNi kaaLu) - 1 cup
Black eyed peas (Alasande kaaLu)
Groudnuts - 1 cup
Water 9-10 cups
Salt - 1.5 table spoon/ as per taste.
Oil - 3-4 tea-spoons/ as needed
Mustard Seeds 1 tea-spoon
A pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)
Green Chillies - 2-3/ as per taste chopped
Curry leaves - 2-3 stalks
Coriander Leaves chopped - 2 table-spoons/as needed
Grated fresh coconut - 1 Cup
Grated Carrot - 1 Cup
Lemon juice - 2 table spoons/ as per taste
Grated Raw Mango as per taste (seasonal as we get only during Feb/March)
American sweet corn - 1/2 Cup/ as per taste
This should serve for 5 people, but depends on the size of the measuring cup :).
Wash the pulses throughly and then soak all the pulses except ground nuts in water for 3-4 hours.
Now need to cook all the pulses with ground nuts in a cooker. Switch on the stove. Place the cooker, put all the pulses into cooker, add water (should be 2inches above the pulses - i am sure all of you aware of this measure) add salt as per taste. Cook until you hear one whistle. After the cooker cools, remove the pulses and drain the water (btw do not throw the water, you can use this make some soup ).
Now add the seasoning, take a thick bottom vessel or a pan, pour oil, once it gets hot add mustard seeds, wait for to it to crackle, then add hing, you start to smell the aroma, now add curry leaves, green chillies, reduce the flame/ put to sim. Now add the cooked pulses and mix well.
The last step is to garnish, add coriander leaves, coconut, carrot, corn and mix well. Switch off the stove, add lemon juice, mix well and serve.
I have not put grated mango as its seasonal and also it was not added in yesterday's preparation :). Normally this gets added after the chilles and cook 1 or 2-mins till it becomes little tender.
My sister wanted to make Corn-Pomegranate kosambari (salad), hence had got them. This gave us the thought of adding Corn & Carrots to give a twist to mom's recipe.
We all enjoyed this making and eating. Give it a try.... & enjoy maaDi