Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Van Payar Curry/Black Eyed Beans Curry

"Van payar", also known as black eyed beans, red cow beans and rose moong dal, is very rich in proteins. This can be prepared easily without adding any coconut, so its healthy without any compromise on the taste.This is yet another recipe from my MIL's cook books, but my Mom also makes in the same way. So whenever my MIL prepares some dish, it reminds me of my Mom.


  1. Vanpayar/black eyed beans- 1cup
  2. Onions(chopped)- 2nos
  3. Green chillies(slit)- 3nos
  4. Water- 2cups
  5. Red chilli powder(kashmiri)- 21/2tbsp
  6. Coriander powder- 2tbsp
  7. Turmeric powder- 1tsp
  8. Tamarind juice-1/2cup
  9. Mustard seeds-1tsp
  10. Curry leaves- few
  11. Oil- 2tbsp
  12. Salt- as per taste


  1. Soak vanpayar (beans) for 1hr and cook it in pressure cooker with enough water,till soft.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai, splutter mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  3. Add onions and green chillies and saute well till golden brown.
  4. Now add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well till the raw smell of the powders are gone. Now pour the tamarind juice and mix well.
  5. At last add the cooked beans. Do not add water as the cooked water will be there and let it boil for some time till less water is remaining.
  6. This can be served with rice.


  1. Did you spill some beans besides the dish or is it a new form of garnishing?

  2. No it is not spilled beans, it was meant for decoration.


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