Vanpayar Olathiyathu

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Vanpayar Olathiyathu

Kanji & payar is a welcome change from our usual chappathi for dinner. Hot kanji sprinkled with salt & grated coconut, along with a little bit overcooked payar ( I like my payar to be a bit pasty with kanji) is a taste that I find hard to trade for any fancy dish.

Kanji & vanpayar (rose moong dal or red cow peas) is a new combo to me. Back home we usually have kanji with cherupayar (green moong dal). But last time when we went to India, my mother in law made vanpayar with kanji. Thats the first time I had that combo, I usually have  vanpayar with rice and kachimoru . Anyways I fell in love with mummy’s new combo and there are two main reasons for that: vanpayar is supposedly easier on tummy compared to cherupayar and this preparation doesnt have coconut, so its healthy without any compromise on the taste, isnt that great?? The secret of its taste is in the ground masala, I just love it when I fry this masala in coconut oil, try it and you will know what am talking about :)

One more thing before going to the recipe…though I’ve written “olathiyathu” in title, am not sure whether it is olathiyathu. Since coconut is not added, it’s not a thoran and I haven’t heard anybody saying vanpayar mezhukkuperatti, so I just wrote olathiyathu. Please do share your thoughts on the same…

Here is mummy’s recipe for vanpayar:

  1. Vanpayar (red dal) – 1 cup
  2. Small onion – 5-7
    Garlic – 2-3
    Black pepper – 1/4 – 1/2 tsp
    Red chili – 2-3
    Curry leaves
  3. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  4. Salt
    Mustard – 1/4 tsp
  5. Coconut oil

Wash and clean the vanpayar. Pressure cook vanpayar in 2 – 2 1/2 cups water ( I cook it in high flame for 4-5 whistles and keep it closed for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, open the cooker and drain the water completely). Grind together number 2 ingredients (It will be great, if you can crush it using mortar & pestle). Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard. Add ground masala, turmeric powder and curry leaves & fry it for 1-2 minutes. Add cooked payar & salt. Mix everything well. Add around 1/4 cup (or less) of  water & combine. Cook till the water is dried. Serve hot with kanji or rice.

Notes: As you can see in the picture, I like payar to be mashed and soft. If you dont want it to be pasty, adjust the cooking time accordingly and also adjust the quantity of water that you add to the cooked payar.

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  • http://varshaspaceblog.blogspot.com varsha

    Maria..lovely dish dear..I loved that bowl too..Back in my place,Vanpayar was named to our big Kidney beans..i don think its the same payar I see here..That would mean I am totally new to this payar..Thats amazing..:D

  • http://curryworld.wordpress.com veena

    hi da ..
    vayar puzhukku looks very delicious …njan kanjiyude koode edakku edakku undakkarund ..but pepper edarilla..will try ur version also ..

  • http://www.spiceandrice@blogspot.com MR

    looks yummy
    this is our usual good friday meal with kanji, and chammathi.

  • http://vishnucooks.blogspot.com Priya Sriram

    Maria, I’ve never heard of Red Daal, thanks for introducing this new dish, looks so yummy and very simple to prepare. Its going to be a very good dinner tonight. :)

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    thanks Varsha :), vanpayar am referring to is small size kidney shaped in red colour.

    thanks veena and puzhukku is a good name for this i guess :) n hope you like this with pepper.

    thanks MR…ya we too have kanji n payar on good friday and I guess in some churches also they give kanji n payar on good friday.

    thanks Priya and yes, its very simple to prepare. Hope you will like it :)

  • http://kopiaste.org Ivy

    Hi Maria and thanks for visiting. The dish is new to me but is sounds delicious.

  • sarah

    hi maria. i forgot to tell you that i tried out vanpayar olathiyathu also. it was superb. its one of our favorite dish. but i think it would be better if you didnt grind the curry leaves. or did you type it wrong. coz later in the recipe you’ve mentioned adding the ground ingredients and the curry leaves

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Sarah,

      Thank you :)

      btw, I didnt type it wrong, actually we dont mind the taste of curry leaves like that. You can always modify/adjust the recipe to suit your taste :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anna

    Not tasty . I didnt like this recipe .

  • silpa mathew

    gr8… tried it…. nice recipe…thanx Maria…

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Silpa,

      Thanks for trying this recipe and great to know that you liked it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mmappilassery.blogspot.com/ Maria George

    Hi maria..like u said kanji and payar is a part of our life.. back in kerala our daily supper is the same ..along with other curries. i prefer ‘cherupayar’ to ‘vanpayar’ but your pic is so tempting that i should try this particular ‘vanpayar’ recipe. i believe it would be tasty.

    Also i would like to share a tip here which you may already know. I usually soak these ‘payar’ and ‘kadala’ items for 5 hours or more before pressure cooking..so that it will be done in 2 whistles. can save time and some cooking gas too..lol! ;)
    regards
    maria

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Maria,

      How are you dear?

      As you’ve said cherupayar and kanji is the combo at my place. I had kanji with vanpayar for the first time at my in law’s place and it was nice, so posted it here :)

      About the soaking tip, I do that for kadala always but for payar I havent done it yet, because payar is always my last min dish ;)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Ravipalaniappankp

    A variant…
    Vanpayar or Tattapayaru Sundal for festivities :-
    Cook one cup of red cow peas ( Tatta payaru ) in pressure cooker. Drain off water. Heat oil in kadai, splutter 1 tsp each of Mustard seeds, Urad dhal and Bengal gram. Add a sprig of curry leaves and two green chillies finely chopped and fry with 1 tsp cummin powder and Asafoetida. Add the cooked Red Cow peas, Salt to taste and Grated cocount and fry further.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Ravi for sharing your recipe here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    You are welcome Alka :) Nice to know that you liked it.

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Mrs. Daniel

    Hi Maria,

    I made the Vanpayar recipe. It was really delicious and yummy. We orthodox christians make this for Good friday and today I’m going to make it again. My kids and my hubby loved it very much. I only used the Green dal (Akka Moong) instead of the red one as I did not have the red one. It turned out to be excellent. It was a realy hit. Thank you very much for such lovely recipes :))

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Mrs. Daniel,

      Great to know that this recipe was liked by your family. Thank you very much for trying this and also for sharing your feedback here :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Rini Samuel

    hai maria…
    i got married last month, married n settled in Blore alone with my husband. learning all recipe from online…to be very frank your site has helped me to learn many recipies… happy to let u know that i tried ur recipies n all came out well..my husband is also very happy with my cooking…
    GOD bless u dear…. post more n more………

  • Mafida yusuf

    Hi I tried dis recipe of yours today n v all loved it… I really must tell u dt ur recipes r easy to cook and the best…. Tried dal palak yday dt too turned out great ????????????

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you very much Mafida :) I’m really happy that you find the recipes here easy to cook.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Deepthy,

    I think you can do that :)

    Cheers
    Maria