Vanpayar Curry Recipe – Vanpayar Ozhichu Curry For Rice – Red Cowpeas Kerala Style

vanpayar curry recipe kerala style
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Vanpayar Curry Recipe With Coconut Gravy In Spices – Vanpayar Ozhichu Curry Recipe For Rice, Kanji & Chapathi

Red Cow Peas Curry – Red Cow Peas With Coconut Gravy In Spices

Vanpayar Curry With Coconut – Vanpayar Curry For Chapathi – Vanpayar Curry For Rice

Vanpayar curry recipe Kerala style with coconut gravy also known as vanpayar ozhichu curry is easy to prepare. Unlike the vanpayar thoran recipe where you don’t need gravy, here you need the gravy and you have to blend the coconut and spices in some water and cook the red cowpeas in the coconut gravy with the spices. You can also make payar curry recipes without coconut but here we discuss about vanpayar curry recipe Kerala style where coconut is used. Vanpayar is the popular malayalam word used for this red cow peas and this vanpayar curry recipe is also known as perum payar curry recipe or perum payaru curry recipe or sometimes simply payar curry recipe.

In case you cook the red cowpeas initially before adding the coconut gravy, don’t drain the water from the cooked cowpeas, as you need this water to make the gravy for the cowpeas curry in the vanpayar curry recipe.

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I like some grated coconut in the curry, so while I was making the coconut gravy in the blender, I didn’t blend until it made a very smooth mix, but you can blend well the coconut with the spices to make it a very smooth paste for the gravy if that is your preference.

This red peas curry is completely vegetarian curry recipe as well as a protein rich vegan curry recipe.

vanpayar curry recipe

There is no much difference in the ingredients for this vanpayar curry recipe than from my previous post on vanpayar thoran recipe and there is little difference in preparation.

I used 2 teaspoons of organic Indian curry powder to this recipe along with other spices but that is optional, you can use either curry powders of your taste or garam masala powder or you can skip it. You can use freshly grated, crushed or minced garlic for this recipe or you can also use dry garlic flakes or use garlic powder which is an easy option. Just make sure you don’t skip garlic as it really add flavors to this red cowpeas curry. In fact, these spices can be used in many other curry recipes as well to add exotic flavors to recipes.

vanpayar curry recipe kerala style

So let us go on to see how to make this vanpayar curry recipe Kerala style using coconut and spices.  Even though we are preparing a curry out of lentils with coconut six cups of water is not necessary as red cowpeas don’t absorb much water while cooking.


Red Cowpeas 1 cup

Water 4 to 5 cups

Grated Coconut 3/4 cup (or you can use shredded coconut as well)

crushed or minced garlic 1 teaspoon

turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

red chili powder 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin seeds powder 1/4 teaspoon

Curry powder 1 to 2 teaspoons ( optional)

Instructions to make vanpayar curry recipe Kerala style

 Soak the red cowpeas in water for about half an hour.

After soaking, remove the water used to soak the peas.

Transfer the drained red cowpeas to the pressure cooker and add 3 cups of fresh water.

Add salt, mix well and close the lid of the pressure cooker. Make sure you follow all directions mentioned in the pressure cooker manual when you cook in pressure cooker, including the use of safety valve. These guidelines are very important for safety while you cook in pressure cooker.

Cook the peas in pressure cooker for about 10 to 12 minutes or about 3 whistles.

After 12 minutes or 3 whistles, turn off the stove and wait for the pressure cooker to cool off.

Once the pressure cooker is cooled enough, open the lid and see if the peas is cooked enough and is soft.

Now don’t drain the water from the pressure cooker.

In a blender, blend together coconut, garlic and spices along with the remaining amount of 2 cups of fresh water to make delicious coconut gravy in spices.

Add the coconut gravy with spices to the peas in pressure cooker, mix everything well and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes (with lid open, no need to close the cooker) in low heat so everything gets well blended with the gravy.

After 3 to 4 minutes of cooking in low flame, you can switch off the stove.

Your vanpayar curry with coconut gravy is ready to serve hot for lunch or dinner with rice, chapathi, dosa or any bread as you wish!

You can do a seasoning or tadka if you wish, as this will add flavor to the vanpayar curry or red cowpeas curry and make it more delicious.

vanpayar curry recipe with coconut

To make the seasoning or tadka you need the following ingredients

Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

Curry leaves a few (optional)

Red chilies a few

Oil 2 tablespoons

Instructions to make the tadka or seasoning

Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.

When the mustard seeds splutter, add the curry leaves and red chilies and fry for a few seconds.

Now the seasoning is ready which you can pour over the prepared vanpayar curry which is ready to serve!

You might like to see my post on vanpayar thoran recipe or dry red cowpeas recipe

You might like to see my post on kanji payar recipe Kerala style rice soup with lentils

You might like to see my post on cherupayar curry recipe or green mung beans curry recipe

You might like to see my post on cherupayar thoran recipe or dry green mung beans recipe with coconut

You might like to see my post on how to cook with lentils

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