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, 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.
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.
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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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