Karamani Sundal

Navarathri is a festival of worshiping the goddesses Parvathi (for creative power), Saraswathi (for wisdom) & Lakshmi (for wealth). Navarathri celebrations in Tamilnadu is incomplete without offering sundal (legume salad) to deities. I like to make karamani (black eyed beans) sundal for the soft skin & creamy texture. Today I used karamani of mahogany, peach & white colors and prepared 4 types of sundal.


It is tricky to cook karamani as they may turn either mushy or hard owing to the fact that some beans may require soaking prior to cooking but some may not. If we use the beans grown from early-maturing crops, it is not necessary to soak them before cooking and also it takes less time for cooking. In any case I prefer to soak the beans for 2 hours and pressure cook them after adding water in 1:1 by simmering for 5 minutes after reaching high pressure. Also I used red chillies only for flavor but not for the heat, as some especially children do not like to feel the heat of the seeds of chillies on their tongue.


I prepared spicy sundal using karamani of all 3 colors, aromatic sundal using white karamani, masala sundal using peach karamani & sweet sundal using mahogany karamani. For the recipes you may refer the gifs below that are self explanatory:

Spicy karamani sundal


Aromatic karamani sundal


Masala karamani sundal


Sweet karamani sundal


74 Comments Add yours

  1. Christy B says:

    I love the idea of worshiping the goddess. And this dish sounds amazing!

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, I think every woman would like this idea very much! 🙂 Thank you.

  2. The sweet sundal is new to me, Megala. It sure is worth a try.

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you.

  3. Savvy Raj says:

    You are doing a great job of bringing out our traditional treats and presenting it so tastefully . Well done my friend 🤗

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you!

  4. Lady Oscar says:

    This one is challenging (so far ^^), but I finally made it.
    The color is amazing. Beautiful plating. Love this dish. Love the idea!

    1. Megala says:

      Extremely happy to hear this, thank you soooo much! 🙂

  5. Ramyarecipes says:

    Anytime, yes to these authentic and delicious Sundal 👌👌👌👌👍😃

    1. Megala says:


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