Soybean Sundal, Navrathri Bommai golu and Hina matsuri

In the list of Navrathri naivedyams (offering) sundal makes an unavoidable presence. This bean-based savoury warm salad is which runs as a common thread in most households during this season. But each ones flavour is different. Some with a dry masala mix, some with a coconut based masala and some just with tempering and a splash of tart lime. This time try mine with a soybean version by scrolling down to the recipe.
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The gluten-free high protein sundal is a perfect fill for the strict fast days of Navrathri. This is the season when all regular ingredients of everyday cooking are avoided to make space for the mineral-rich seeds and beans. The South Indian scenario is typically predominated with payasam (dessert), “kalanda saadam”(mixed rice) and sundal. The sweet and the sundal is offered to the guests who come home to witness and make the golu (doll)festival alive. Filled with music, swishing sarees, chatter and a lot of laughter this Navrathri  Bommai golu is something totally look forward to. The absence of traditional dolls in my collection have never deterred the idea of having golu where ever globetrotting we are. So, I am totally looking forward to this season of dolls too.
Here is my reminiscence captured with the secrets of the quick fix Sundal podi, don’t miss this.

Hina Matsuri and Bommai golu

Living and travelling extensively in the Asian countries have zoned in the realisation that there are a lot of cultural similarities between these countries. It is through a cherished Japanese friend that I learn about Hina Matsuri, the dolls day. This is so similar to the Indian Bommai golu festival though they celebrated in two different seasons. Both are about the sequential arrangement of dolls in a step-like design.  Done by the women and celebrating the girls, these two festivals bring the women and the girls in the community together. These festivals celebrate the women in all their beauty and with colourful kimonos and the other with colourful  6-yard sarees.

 Lunchbox fixes

Sundal makes its appearance in my house and a salad or as a lunch box addition. Hence, the bean profile may not religiously follow the traditions of the Navagrahas, rather what we have at stock in the pantry. Stuff it in a sandwich, toss in a salad, you will find my secret in the lunchboxes originating from my house.
 This week I have a surplus of soybeans, so soybean sundal with tempered coconut masala is the one for #164beanpower theme chosen by me for the Foodie Monday blog hop. Hope you enjoy the recipe and let me know what you like to do with soybean. see you soon later this week.

Soybean Sundal

a fusion one
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, sidedish, Snacks, Traditional
Cuisine diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Pressure cooker, South indian, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people
Calories 194 kcal


  • 100 grams soybeans dry
  • 2 cups Water to soak

for cooking

  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/4 tsp salt

for tempering

  • 1 tsp coconut oil any other used for deep frying is fine
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 dry red chilli or use yogurt cured chilli, broken into bits.
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger root grated
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 3 tbsp coconut grated
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice


  • Wash and soak the soybeans in two cups of water and refrigerate this. This is because the soybeans tend to ferment while soaking if left at room temperature.
  • After about three hours, drain the water, add fresh water and salt and pressure cook for about two whistles.
  • The beans would have cooked, but soybeans will noy cook mushy so easily, so will stay firm to the bite.
  • Drain the cooked beans and save some of the cooking water.
  • In a pan add the oil followed by the mustard.
  • When they splutter add the chilli, ginger grated and curry leaves and roast them well. now add the coconut and give a quick swish around.
  • Add the beans, a tbsp of the cooking water and mix all well together.
  • Garnish with corinader leaves and the lemon juice and toss well. Adjust salt if needed
  • Serve warm.


100 grams of soybeans is approximately half cup measurement
About 45 grams of the cooked bean will form one serving.
You can use the same recipe and alter the bean to make any other type of bean sundal, like chickpea, peanut, green gram etc


Serving: 45gCalories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 10gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 0.04mgSodium: 131mgPotassium: 470mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1g
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5 years ago

A wow recipe Seema! Marvellous!

The Girl Next Door
5 years ago

I love sundal. We often make it at home. Never thought of making it with soyabean, though. Great idea! 🙂

Poonam Bachhav
5 years ago

Love bean Sundal Seema, but never thought of trying with soybean though.. wonderful share for the theme.

Vidya Narayan
5 years ago

Sundals are always my go to snack option in the evening with tea. Filling, healthy and nutritious. Loved it Seema.

Mayuri Patel
5 years ago

Certainly a protein power packed dish.. healthy and easy to make. I’ve yet to try out making sundals. Its such a great snack or salad option.

5 years ago

wow!!!Lovely capture of the sundal. Perfect for golu:)

5 years ago

Soya bean sundal sounds interesting .Yet to try sundal with soya bean.Perfect share for the theme.Beautiful picture too.

Shobha Keshwani
5 years ago

I make this healthy sundal regularly.. Love them.
Nice clicks and presentation.

Lata Lala
5 years ago

Soyabean sudal sounds so unique. I have never heard of it before. Lovely share Seema.

Soma Mukherjee
5 years ago

Sundal with soyabean that sounds interesting, this one is such a light and refreshing dish love the flavours going on in there.

5 years ago

Super awesome sundal!! Loved the cute styling.

Geetha Priyanka
5 years ago

This is such a healthy , nutritious and protein packed sundal. Perfect healthy and guiltfree snack to munch anytime. Lovely share.

Sujata Shukla
5 years ago

This is such a useful tip: to refrigerate the soybean while it soaks! Must try that. Delicious looking Sundal!

5 years ago

Sundal looks very delicious. Never thought that we can make sundal with soya bean.Thanks for the recipe

5 years ago

I always look out for snacks that are healthy, wholesome and tasty too, loving this recipe, so simple yet packed with deliciousness and goodness.

Geetanjali Tung
5 years ago

Sundal with soybeans sounds amazing ! Always in for this kind of healthy snack. Great share !!!

5 years ago

soyabean sundal looks great. perfect navratri recipe. Love eating soyabean in this form.

5 years ago

I often use these beans in my cooking, they are essential for our nutrition. Would love to try soy bean one.

5 years ago

This is such a healthy , nutritious and protein packed sundal. Perfect healthy and guilt free snack to munch….

Priya Srinivasan
5 years ago

Soy bean sundal looks delicious, love navrathri more for the yumm Sundals we make, such a protein power packed Sundal!

5 years ago

such a humble dish but is so healthy and tasty. I make this every other day swapping different lentils.

5 years ago

Soybean sundal looks so yum Seema !!! Love the share for theme 🙂 So healthy and nutritious …

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