van payar thoran

van payar thoran

Vanpayar Thoran/ Red Cow Peas Thoran

This super tasty van payar thoran is made of cooked van payar slowly stir fried with coconut and mild masala mix.

Van payar or rose moong dal or red cow peas thoran goes very well with rice, chapathi or with kanji. Van payar and kanji combination is unimaginably super healthy and super tasty at the same time, and yes, a roasted pappadam with this combination can get you heaven instantaneously.As any other legumes, van payar is good source of protein, vitamin C and fiber too…


  • Van payar/ cow peas – 1 cup
  • Coconut oil – 1 Tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 Tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Shallots- 3-4 , chopped
  • Grated coconut – 1/2 Cup
  • Green chilly- 1, chopped
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 Tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 Tsp
  • Chilly powder – 1/2 Tsp
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash the van payar well and soak it for 30 minutes.
  2. Pressure cook by adding just enough water, cook for 3-4 whistles.
  3. In mean the time, coarsely grind together the grated coconut, garlic, cumin seeds, turmeric powder and chilly powder.
  4. In a skillet, heat coconut oil, splutter mustard seeds.
  5. Add curry leaves and let it fry.
  6. Add chopped shallots, green chilly and cook for a couple of minutes.
  7. Add the cooked van payar now(make sure to drain the van payar well before adding).
  8. Add coconut mixture, salt and mix well.
  9. Cover with a lid and cook on slow fire for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Remove the cover, increase the fire to a medium high and stir fry until the water trapped inside is evaporated.
  11. Your van payar thoran is ready now.
  12. Serve hot the rice, kanji or any Indian bread.

Note: You can over cook the van payar if want it to be mushy or mash 1/4 th of  them while cooking.  I personally I like them slightly over cooked, so I recommend you to cook as per your liking!

Bone Appetite & Happy Cooking!




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