Pachai Payaru is nothing but good old Mung Beans aka Green Gram and as also Paasi Payaru in Tamil. Here is a sundal recipe using just 4 ingredients that are already available in your pantry. Though it is technically a sundal recipe, it is actually known by Inippu payaru puttu in my place that is served as a breakfast. They also make this for girls who attain puberty as this is rich in protein and Iron. It is not only a very filling one but is very quick to make also. Unlike the other sundal varieties, this one is sweet as jaggery is used. It is very often made by my grandmother on days when she fasts (keeps vrat) like krithigai, amavaasai and on sankatahara chaturthi.
- We prefer it a bit mushy, hence I cook it in the pressure cooker. If you want it to be whole and not mushy, cook the beans in an open vessel but you do have to keep checking repeatedly for the doneness.
- I get good quality jaggery at my place (finally), so I did not filter the syrup. But please do so if you are in doubt about the quality of the jaggery.
- If you are feeding it to the kids, you can add a generous dollop of ghee before serving.