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Navaratri Series - Sundal and Sweets, Day 1

Navaratri or Dasara is a very fun festival in India, especially for kids. In the evening, when that day's pooja is over, the kids go to each house for collecting Prasadams. They also sing to the god. I remember my childhood days carrying polythene cover to collect all the sundals. Fun!

Navaratri is celebrated for nine days. This year Navaratri started on 30 Sept 2008 and will run till Oct 8th 2008. Oct 9, 2008 will be Vijaya dasami. There are a lot of websites sharing information about this festival. Learn more about Navaratri 2008.

Navratri is divided into sets of three days to adore three different aspects of the supreme goddess. Today being the first day, we worship goddess Durga, in order to destroy all our impurities.

As today's Navaratri special, I would like to share Groundnut sundal/ Verkadalai sundal recipe.


1 cup groundnuts
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp channa dal
1 tsp mustard
2 green chillies
2 tsp oil
A pinch of hing
Salt to taste
1/4 cup onions (optional)

Ground nut sundal


Pressure cook the ground nuts until you get two hisses.

In a pan, add oil, mustard. When it pops add a pinch of hing.

Add urad and channa dal and saute them.

Add the onions and saute.

Add Green chopped chillies and salt.

Now add the ground nuts and mix well.

Ground nut sundal is ready!. It is tasty even when not hot.

Navaratri special sweet :

Rava/Suji Kesari

Today I would like to share Rava/Suji Kesari.

Happy Navaratri to all readers!


Happy Navrathri to you Sangeeth.Its nice to see sundal and typical of navrathri,same goes for me too.One sundal and one sweet..yummy!!

Nice looking and delicious recipe...wish you a very happy Navratri and Durga Puja!

Sangeeth, nice post. took me down the memory lane:)
and i love that groundnut sundal.

sundal and kesari looks yumm ...nice colour!!

Verkadalai sundal and kesari.. what better way to start the festivities? :)

hi sangeeth. Really a good work on seasonal festive and nice to know about u and yr blog. Yr bolg s so traditional and make me to feel as i am talking with my dear one.cho chweet. Thanks for sharing. Happy blogging.

sangeeth,really nice idea to remember every one about the coming dasara...and the list u post for dasara is very good yaar..

Happy Navarathri sangeeth,sundal and sweets looking yummy, my mom used to make same kind of sundal.

Happy Navrathri Sangeeth! Very typical sweet and sundal.

Happy Navratri!! Look forward to more recipes through the festive season.


I have never tried this at home.. It tastes so delicious..

I love this sundal. My mom used to make this sundal very often. Thank you for sharing.


Sundal and Kesari looks good Sangeeth. I am hungry again :) Happy Navaratri to you n family..