Mochai (Broad Beans) Sundal

Sundals are made of dried beans , which are a healthy snack on late evenings. They are prepared and  distributed as prasadam or offerings to God , especially during Navaratri . These are tasty , nourishing and easy to prepare . Sundals can be used a side dish too alongwith rice .


  •  Mochai or Broad beans 2 cups
  • Oil 1 tablespoon  ( preferably Sesame oil)
  • Mustard 2  teaspoon
  • Green chillies 4  ( finely chopped ),
  • Red chillies 2( broken into two )
  • Ginger (grated or chopped fine) 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida half a teaspoon
  • Curry leaves few ( pinched into two )
  • Coriander leaves chopped for garnish
  • Salt  one teaspoon or as required
  • Lemon juice (optional) 1 to 2  tablespoons,
  • Coconut (grated) one fourth of a cup.


  1. Soak the Mochai for eight hours .
  2. Pressure cook till soft but not mushy .  Mostly, it takes three whistles to  pressure cook mochai to soft .
  3. In a saute pan ,  or a small  kadai , add oil and heat it. Add mustard , as it splutters , add the red and green chillies and saute .
  4. Add ginger ,asafoetida and curry leaves and stir for a minute.
  5. Add the cooked mochai ,salt and stir . Add the grated coconut , sprinkle lemon  juice and mix again  .
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves .


  1. You could add onions and other vegetables like grated carrots ,grated cucumber , chopped tomatoes etc,  to make it as a salad , a lunch or dinner option.
  2. However one does’nt  , add onions or garlic , if offered to God, as a  prasadam , according to Hindu traditions.