Pacha pattani Sundal – Peas stirfry

green peas sundal navrathri golu recipe and navagraha significance

The moment you finish setting up the golu, putting the idols setting the scene, the next question that follows is “sundal ready aa?”

I am sure this is the standard question in all households that celebrate this doll festival. I remember hearing my dad ask this question and now my husband too. To be honest, it is a huge job to set this multiple padis (shelves) and set the golu. Quite a tiring work, even if you do it as a family. So, on the staring day, I prefer to keep the naivedyam the simplest. I keep the sweet treat ready earlier( check the earlier post)  and then the sundal, there is no golu nivedyam without sundal.

Here is our collection of tried and tested sundal recipes from earlier posts

Navarathna Sundal (9 lentil stirfry)

Guggillu (chickpea sundal)

Rajma podi sundal (kidney bean)

Soybean Sundal.

Vellam payar sundal – Sweet adzuki bean

Inseparable Sundals and Navratri golu

Arranged in steps, the traditional figurines are mostly handed down from one generation to the other for bommaigolu. Each day a set of sundal made is offered to the gods, then to the visitors. There are two reasons attributed to the sundal.
First is the simplest.
Nutritionally superior lentils and beans as a snack are welcomed by the women and children who walk a long distance to visit these households.
Second is more interesting.
The nine celestial elements are together worshipped as navagraha. This astronomical advancement of understanding the existence of the unknown baffles the common folks Hence they were introduced as deities. Further, grains and beans that were grown were significantly attached to these celestial wonders

Here is the list of navagrhas and their favourite beans and grains.

Sun – godhumbu, gehun ( wheat)
Moon –  arisi, chawal ( rice)
Mars -thovaram parippu, tur dal (pigeon pea)
Mercury- pasi parippu, mong(greengram)
Jupiter – kondakadali, channa (chickpeas)
Venus – mochai,  ( field beans)
Saturn-  ellu, till (sesame seeds)
Neptune (rahu) –  kollu ( horse gram )
Pluto – ulundhu, urad dal ( black gram)
With stories woven around these dieties and food served to attach to the memories it was easier for the people to digest these complex, unimaginable ideas of space and time. When festivals revolve around these ideas, it becomes more joyous than intimidating. Hence simple spiced sundals and sweets created with these made this festival gatherings exciting venues to exchange stories and theories woven into them.

Green peas sundal

green peas stirfry

We are looking at an age where we may book an affordable trip to Mars, thanks to Elon Musk! So things can be different. As I am a  busy bee, I look for quick and simple sundals as comfort, brain activating,  energy food. The quickest of course is frozen peas. So here it is pachapattani  sundal. Scroll down for the recipe.
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Bommai golu, navrathri

green peas sundal navrathri golu recipe and navagraha significance

Pacha pattani Sundal

Peas stirfry with aromatic coconut, a grain-free, nut-free, vegan, protein-rich recipe under 15 minutes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course sidedish, Snacks, Soups and salad, Traditional
Cuisine Autumn, diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, One pot, South indian, Spring, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people


  • 1 tsp coconut oil use oilive oil if you do not like the flavur of coconut oil.
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ginger root grated
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut Use desicatted coconut if you desire
  • 1 inch lemongrass use the tender root part
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric powder


  • Into a Wok add the coconut oil followed by the mustard seeds.
  • Lower the heat, as the mustard seeds, sizzle and splutter add the ginger and grated coconut.
  • Pound the lemongrass root a with the back of your knife and add that as well to the coconut mix.
  • Add turmeric powder, green chillies and salt and mix well.
  • To this mix add the frozen peas and stir well.
  • Add 2 tbsp of water and cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir well till the peas are tender.
  • Remove from heat and the sundal is ready to be served.


If using desiccated coconut you will need a bit more water. So add 5-6 tbsp for the coconut to absorb and soften as well.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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11 months ago

Thank you for sharing that tasty and healthy food recipe.
Absolutely delicious!

10 months ago

Hi Seema,
I loved reading about the favorite beans and grains of the Navagrahas. Love the Golu decorations and the various sundals.
Happy Navratri to you!

Bless my food by Payal
10 months ago

Green peas as a snack which can even be cherished with a cup of tea is interesting to hear. With simple ingredients, one can really have a wonderful healthy snack.

Lata Lala
10 months ago

Good to know that a healthy snack on its own green peas can be transformed into delicious sundal. The flavours sounds amazing. A good read about the favorite beans and grains of the Navagrahas.
Your Sundal collection is awesome.

Poonam bachhav
10 months ago

Sundal with frozen green peas is one of the simplest of the Sundal varieties. A healthy and delicious snack for all ages. Loved reading about the favourite beans and grains of the navgraha.

Mayuri Patel
10 months ago

Every festival has a special reason why we make certain kinds of food. Love reading your post about golu tradition and the navgraha and grains or legumes preferred during Navratri. Sundal with frozen peas looks so tempting, healthy and with lemongrass flavour. By the way your mum’s golu setting is awesome.

10 months ago

Beautiful post and it is so interesting to learn about the legumes and grains that the navagraha liked. Green peas sundal looks fresh and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

10 months ago

Wow adding lemon grass to sundal is totally new! Must be such a flavor bomb! Totally agree with the “Sundal ready a “question! Sundal looks totally inviting!!

10 months ago

Come Navratri and I get so excited to see all Sundal recipes, this green peas sundal sounds so delicious and loved reading about Gollu traditions.

10 months ago

I love the golu you have arranged. As for the sundal sounds delicious and very healthy and quick. All my requirements meet.

10 months ago

Loved the gollu decoration and sundal recipe! I never had peas sundal, this protein packed stir fry looks delicious!

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Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
10 months ago

It’s been so long since I have had sundals… Yours is really tempting me to make some and much on them. The addition of lemongrass is very interesting!

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