Monday, February 17, 2014

Thatta Payir Puli Kuzhambu

Thatta payir / cow-pea is one of the tastiest and healthiest Bean.This bean suits for sundal as well as gravy. Though it can be done with any type of cow-pea, I always prefer Brown or Red Payir for this gravy. Soaking the bean is not required . Even if you are not pre-planned to prepare this curry, you can make it instantly. This lentil is also called as red chori or brown beans too.

Ready to taste this healthy and tangy recipe? lets see how to make this...


Thatta Payir / Cowpea - 1 cup
Egg plant - 2 medium
Drumstick - 1 (cut it into 4 or 5 pieces)
tamarind - a big amla size (make the extract with 1 cup water)
onion - 1/2 a small onion (optional)
Greenchili - 2
sambar powder -1 or 2 tea spoon (as per your spice level, I added 1 tea spoon only)
coconut - 1/4 cup of ground coconut
oil- 3 to 4 tea spoon
coriander leaves - a few
salt- as per taste

To temper:
mustard seeds - 1/2 a tea spoon
urad dal - 1 tea spoon
hing/perungayam - 2-3 pinches
curry leaves - a few


1. Pressure cook the lentil with sufficient water for 3 to 4 whistles.

2. In a pan heat 2 tea spoons of oil, when heated add the sliced onions, and green chilies, saute well
3. Cut eggplants to lengthwise pieces, and drumstick into four to five pieces, add them to pan and saute for two to three minutes.
4.  When the raw smell of vegetables leave, add the prepared tamarind extract along with a tea spoon of sambar powder
5.close pan with lid and reduce the flame to simmer and cook until the veggies are tender / cooked. (do not over cook, for me it took about 15 minutes)
6. Now add the pressure cooked lentils to the pan. mix well and let it cook with the tamarind gravy for 5 to 10 mins.

7. grind the coconut pieces to a fine paste and add to the gravy and let it boil once.
8.Temper with the items listed and switch off the flame.

Best to serve with steamed rice with your choice of kootu or poriyal.

Sending this recipe to
South Indian cooking hosted by Nandoos Kitchen and organized by Anu

cook and share what you like event

WTML hosted by Motions and emotions event organised by Gayathri's Cooks Spot

dish-it-out- Side Dishes hosted by Sathya Priya, organized by vardhini@ cooks joy  


  1. this looks so good... cowpea beans is one of my favorite beans, I can eat it anytime, and given with loads of veges, just too good...

    1. thanks rafee, I too love this bean. Do need any other side dish if this curry is there.. :)

  2. Looks very inviting!! Lovely clicks..

  3. it is new to me ..looks delicious nice clicks tooo

    1. Pls do try remya... it will taste heavenly:)

  4. Yummy and delicious puli kuzhambu it dear :)

  5. Tempting authentic dish,love this