Green Gram Sundal – Savoury and sweet

Kids these days have easy access to unhealthy and very delicious junk food. You walk into any shop and the first thing and the last thing you see is junk food to entice kids.

As a mother I know I will never be able to compete with these branded, very prettily packaged and highly preserved foods. But I know that if we keep trying to provide them with tasty and nutritious alternatives at home, we will be sending our children out to the world with the right message about health.

When I was a little girl, hot sundal was a staple during Navratri festival time in all the homes in the neighbourhood. Every day for 9 days a sundal of a different pulse would be made at each home. I would be called to visit each home and I would get to eat at least 3 varieties of sundal in a day. Those are my sweet memories of sundal. During pregnancy too, I was asked to eat different varieties of sundal every day as sundals are great protein powerhouse.

Buy green grams in bulk and store in a clean container. Whenever you plan to cook up some snacks for the kids just get a handful for 1 person and soak it in enough water to immerse the green gram. You can make this dish even daily by simply dry roasting and then immersing it in water for half an hour before pressure cooking it.

Benefits of Green gram

  • For an active toddler, it’s a great source of protein, fibre and carbohydrates. And if you soak and let it sprout, the nutrient benefits improve many folds
  • It will help with avoiding unhealthy food craving in toddlers and adults
  • They boost our immune system
  • It doesn’t cause bloating and is super gut-friendly

Benefits of Jaggery

  • It is rich in iron and thus regular intake will prevent anaemia
  • Regular intake of Jaggery helps with menstrual cramps

Benefits of Coconut

  • Rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals
  • Good for the immune system

Print Recipe
Green Gram Sundal - Savoury and sweet
A very easy to make and nutritious snack for kids after school
Prep Time 5-10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 3 hours
To Temper
Prep Time 5-10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 3 hours
To Temper
Preparing Green gram
  1. Prior to making the dish, soak the green gram for 3 - 4 hours
  2. Pressure cook the green gram in high flame for 2 whistles continued by, on low flame for 5 mins Allow the cooker to cool down naturally
  3. Drain the water and keep separately
Savoury Version
  1. Take a pan, add 1 tbsp of oil and temper with mustard seeds, chilli, and curry leaves
  2. Add the cooked green gram and give a quick fry
  3. Add the grated coconut and switch off the flame
Sweet Version
  1. Add jaggery powder and grated coconut to the green gram
  2. Mix well and serve
Recipe Notes

Use cold pressed oils for higher nutritional benefits.
Also if you add a tsp of coconut oil to the sundal it makes the sundal tastier.

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Hello, I am a mother of two little toddlers. I fell in love with the art of cooking at the age of 7. Since then I have been creating and experimenting with food. The column "Toddler Recipes" will be dealing with my journey to provide nutritious and delicious recipes to my little ones. I am here to share simple snack recipes to plan and prepare for your little ones.

2 thoughts on “Green Gram Sundal – Savoury and sweet

  • 7th July 2019 at 11:54 am

    Very nice. I feel the taste of sundal recipe on reading this . This takes me to the good old days of my childhood when my mother used to give me different types of sundals when I returned from school. All the Best to Dipti & Meera. : Vasudevan


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