Vellam payar sundal – cardamom infused red bean dessert

payar sundal with adzuki bean and sweet jaggery.
Sweet payar sundal is one of the favourite recipes for my dad. Come Navratri, he will literally ask my mom every day if it is sweet payar sundal today. Except for the last two days, he is just happy to get payar sundal every day. With the approaching navarthri, the cardamom-infused vellam (jaggery) payar sundal is the one I really miss.
A quick stop at the Asian grocery fetched me some beautiful coconut jaggery ( unrefined sugar made from the coconut tree). As promised before I will not use any form of refined sugar and limit the sugar intake during this festive season.

Coconut jaggery 

Coconut jaggery, unlike popular belief, is not made from the coconut kernel. A cut made on the flowering bunch oozes a sweet sap. This is collected and evaporated using heat to prepare the sweet product.
Coconut jaggery is a sweet addition and contributes significantly to the glycemic index. Yet it contains inulin a fibre which slightly lowers the glycemic index. This is also valued due to the small amounts of the minerals like iron present in it which may be considered better than the empty calories of refined sugar.
payar sundal

Vellam payar sundal today

The combined flavour of the protein-rich cooked bean, the aroma of cardamom and toasted coconut reels in the festive Indian aroma in the house. The teen hands who is ready to take on some good cooking is the one preparing this recipe for you today.
Here is a list of essential Navrathri recipes you don’t want to miss
payar sundal
 The sweet smells did bring in the busy little bodies who loved it as a dessert and the leftovers on toast in the morning. They want a coconut free version (coconut free school snack) for their lunch boxes once the school opens. I haven’t told them that I used to ask for this recipe rolled up in the Indian crepe (dosa) for my school too. Check out the decadent modern transformations you can create with this grain-free dessert, at the notes at the end of the recipe.
 Now that one lunch box is sorted one protein-rich filling easy option for school too. I am super satisfied with this recipe. Try it and tell me if you are enjoying it too,
May the festivities permeate your household with homecooked aromas, laughter and love.
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payar sundal with adzuki bean and sweet jaggery.

Vellam payar sundal

Cardamom infused red bean dessert
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Desserts, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine Baby toddler food, gluten free, Indian, Karnataka, Kids choice, Pressure cooker, South indian, tamilnadu, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people


To pressure cook

  • 1 cup adzuki bean ( Red bean, Karamani, Munpayar)
  • 2.5 cups Water

For the sweet syrup

  • 3/4 cup jaggery coconut jaggery, palm or cane jaggery
  • 1 cup drinking water

other additions

  • 1/4 tsp green cardomom powder
  • 3/4 cup grated coconut or 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 tsp ghee / clarified butter ( use coconut oil for the vegan version)


  • Check the red bean for stones or sticks ( common impurities) and pick them out.
  • Wash and clean the red bean.
  • Add the washed red bean and the water into the pressure cooker and cook for approximately two whistles or 20 minutes.
  • Once the pressure is released, open the cooker and check the bean for doneness. It will mush easily when pressed. If so it is cooked well.
  • Remove excess cooking water if any and collect the beans.

For the sweet syrup

  • Once the cooker is set to cook the bean, take a cup of water in a sauce pan and bring it to heat.
  • Crush the coconut jaggery into bits and add to the hot water in the sauce pan
  • Set on a slow simmer till the jagggery melts. stir occasionally.
  • Once it is melted, remove from heat and set aside.

To make the sundal

  • In a heavy wok or pan, strain the melted jaggery syrup and set to heat up again
  • Add in the cooked bean to the warm jaggery syrup. slightly mash the beans as you mix them in.
  • As it begins to bubble stir it well and add the coconut grated, the cardamom powder and keep mixing.
  • As the mixture comes together and the water in the sweet syrup will reduce and the mixture begins to thicken. Now add the ghee (or coconut oil) and continue mixing and cooking.
  • the cocnsitency of the dessert will become a thick one like a potato mas or a scoopable halwa. Now it is ready
  • Remove from heat and portion out to serve.
    payar sundal


*You can easily swap the adzuki bean for a green gram or black-eyed bean. I have not tested the rest so if you do let us know, your results.
**Use the jaggery you have, I find the flavour of coconut jaggery mild and enhancing the coconut taste. You can swap to palm jaggery or cane jaggery. Molasses liquid doesn't seem to work well and ends up as a sticky mess.
***Reserve the liquid from cooking the bean, in case the mixture gets too thick while cooking you can add a little to help the cooking process be more even.
***You can serve this dessert chilled and layered like a parfait with banana and whipped cream.
***For an extra added decadence, serve hot with a scoop of coconut ice cream.
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The Girl Next Door
2 years ago

This looks so lovely, Seema! I love the idea of using red beans to make sundal – they’re different from rajma, right?
I also love that you have used coconut jaggery here. 🙂

Vidya Narayan
2 years ago

Sweet payaru is one of my favourites. Loads of roasted coconut pieces and flavourful cardamom, We make this for Dashami. Perfect sweet treat for Navratri.

Mayuri Patel
2 years ago

This is a new dish for me, but it sure looks tempting. I like how South India has dishes that are traditionally made for the Navratri festival.

Sujata Roy
2 years ago

Loved your healthy and yummy sweet treat Seema. This post tempted me to try soon. Loved the use of coconut jaggery in it. Now I have to go to the market for coconut jaggery. Don’t know if its available or not. Let’s try. Superb share.

2 years ago

This was my grandma’s favourite on all occasions! Lovely share on the theme.

Poonam Bachhav
2 years ago

This is a new recipe to me Seema but it sounds so delectable with the blend of jaggery and grated coconut flavors in it. Lovely festive treat apt for the theme .

2 years ago

Such a healthy share Seema !! Never tried my hand though yet, still tempting to try the coconut jaggery 🙂

2 years ago

Wonderful recipe Seema. I have only had red bean paste stuffed sweet buns.Never tried sweet sundal.

2 years ago

Innovative recipe and lovely share!!!

Sujata Shukla
2 years ago

Sweet Sundal with coconut jaggery -thats interesting and must make for a lovely flavour, with the goodness of both coconut and jaggery

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