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cherupayar thoran recipe kerala style

Cherupayar Thoran - Kerala Style Mung Beans With Coconut

Cherupayar thoran is South Indian Kerala style green mung bean with coconut and spices which makes a very delicious and healthy vegetarian/vegan side dish with rice for lunch or dinner.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword cherupayar thoran
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 252kcal


  • 1 cup green mung beans green moong dal or cherupayar (green gram)
  • 1 cup grated coconut or unsweetened shredded coconut
  • salt adjust to taste
  • 2 cups water


  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 green chilies
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds powder

For Seasoning (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 4 dry red chilies broken
  • 1 string curry leaves make sure there is no water content in leaves
  • 1 tablespoon shallots chopped (or use pearl onions or dry minced onions)


  • Wash the mung beans and add it to a saucepan. Also add the water.
  • Heat the contents and once the water starts boiling, stir the contents, reduce the heat to low. Close the pan with lid and cook in low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes until the mung beans is completely cooked and soft. It is good to check after 15 minutes of cooking since cooking times can slightly vary and some mung beans may cook faster.
  • Meanwhile coarsely grind the coconut along with the cumin seeds, garlic and green chilies. You may add a little water if its necessary (like one to two tablespoons of water). Keep this prepared coconut mixture aside.
  • Once the mung beans is cooked, open the pan and add the turmeric powder, red chili powder, enough salt and also the grind coconut mixture.
  • Stir the contents well to blend with the cooked mung beans evenly. If necessary, you may add a little water to the pan once you add the coconut mixture, in case the dish looks too dry.
  • Close the pan and cook in low heat for another two to four minutes until the coconut mixture is also cooked and blended with the dish.

To add seasoning (optional)

  • To add the seasoning, heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds splutter, add dry broken red chilies, curry leaves and chopped shallots or minced onions, fry for a few seconds until onions are lightly browned.
  • Pour the prepared seasoning to the dish, stir in.
  • Serve hot with rice for lunch or dinner or this can be used for puttu (a popular Kerala breakfast) along with any other curry of your choice.


If using dessicated coconut or dried coconut, you really don't need to grind the coconut.
To make the preparation more easy, I mostly add the dessicated coconut directly to the cooked moong dal (cherupayar) along with other spices without grinding. 


Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 603mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 362IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg