Sunday, March 14, 2010

Vanpayar/Red cow peas Mezhukkupuratti (Serves 4)

Mezhukkupuratti is an essential sidedish in a typical Kerala meal and can be easily made from almost all pulses under the sun. The one with Vanpayar/red cow peas is very popular and very nutritious. A simple recipe for the same follows....

Vanpayar (red cow peas) 1 cup
Shallots 3 nos
Whole black pepper ¼ tsp
Garlic 2 nos
Dry red chilly 2 nos
Curry leaves 2 sprigs
Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
Mustard seeds ¼ tsp
Salt as needed
Oil 2 tsp


Wash and soak Vanpayar/red cow peas atleast for 2 hours. Pressure cook this with approximately 2 ½ cups water for 3 whistles. Switch off the flame and leave it in the pressure cooker for another 30 more minutes.
Drain the water from peas and keep aside.

Meanwhile, using a motar and pestle crush the shallots, garlic, black pepper, red chilly and curry leaves.

Heat oil (preferably coconut oil) in a pan. Splutter mustard seeds and then add the crushed masala.Saute for 2-3 minutes or until raw smell is gone. Add turmeric powder and cook for 3 more minutes. Now add the vanpayar/red cow peas to this and salt. Mix all well to combine. Serve hot with rice or kanji, pickle and pappadam..


Instead of using a motar and pestle to crush, you can grind them in a blender
If you are in a hurry and no time for soaking, pressure cook on high for 5-6 whistles


  1. perfect with a bowl of kanji!

  2. vanpayar thoran is my all time favorite...this mezhukkupuratty looks delicious..must give a try..:)

  3. Ithundengil pinne vere onnum vendallo..Perfect combination with kuthari choru and curd...

  4. ethu ente fave aanu :).... love it with kanji or rice and achar..athu mathi vayaru nirayan :)... ggod one sis :)

  5. serikum tasty dish thanne.....i agree with Tina, even I love to have with curd and rice ..

  6. wow echiri choru tharumooooo....

  7. That plate looks awesome. I think this can be stuffed in a paratha or eaten with rice.

  8. yummy yummy..its sure to taste great with kanji...awesome pics girls...

  9. Kanjide koode adipoli ayrikum..hahah comfort food

  10. so tasty....delicious kerala food....i enjoyed it.....

  11. perfect match for rice and delicious with kadumanga curry :-)

  12. nalla mazhayathu kanji yude koode kazhikkan best side dish....kannimanga achar koodi undayal adipoli..!!!!!!!


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