I am not sure how many readers know there is some other territory (in India), which celebrates the own Independence Day. Yes, 16 th of August is a Pondicherry Independence Day.
Brief History about my native place:
When India gained the Independence from British rule in 1947. Still, few territories battled to get the Independence from French people.
Pondicherry, Mahe, Yanam, Karaikal and Chandernagar remained “French India” until 1954. It took 7 years for French to hand over these territories to India. But Chandernagore was ceded before to India and merged with West Bengal.
France ceded this territories (Pondicherry, Mahe , Yanam and karaikal) on 16 th August, 1963. It remains till now as Union territory, but not a separate State.
We celebrate Independence Day continuously 2 days in a row every year (August 15th and August 16 th).
Coming to the recipe:
I made this sundal with fresh cowpeas. It is pretty much like a salad! I assembled just to take a snap. I mixed all together later. I found some Fresh cowpeas in farmer's market and made this quick fix salad. I didn’t follow any particular recipe; I just worked with colour so here I give what I did.
I boiled some water with salt, switch off the stove and added some fresh cowpeas (let it soak in hot water 2 minutes) and drain it. You can skip this step, it tastes better fresh also!
Added some grated coconut and carrots and placed a red chilli for the chakra.
You can add little seasoning like for Sundal. Heat 1 /2 tsp of oil and add ½ tsp of mustard seeds, hing and 3 or 4 red chillis broken along with curry leaves.
Mix the cowpeas carrot and grated coconut and enjoy the snack!
The Tri color sundal is reaching Pooja event for Independence Day celebration.