Vanpayar Thoran

Vanpayar / Vanpayaru Thoran | Vanpayar Curry - Civiya's Recipes

  • Prep:10 minsCook:20 mins
  • 5 Serves
  • Easy

Vanpayaru thoran (Vanpayar Thoran) is Malayalees traditional dish for sadya. VanPayar Thoran/ Red Cow Peas with Coconut is a famous side dish for rice in Kerala. It is a very traditional and common dish in all households in Kerala.

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Vanpayar thoran is my favorite dish from my childhood. We can make thoran or curry using Vanpayar. Vanpayar thoran is a tasty dish and its mixed with coconut, green chillies and curry leaves. You should soak the Vanpayar full night before cooking the Payaru Thoran or Vanpayar Curry. After that, you can pressure cook the vanpayar along with water and chillies.

Vanpayar thoran is packed with nutrients, fiber, iron, proteins, vitamins and contains many antioxidant properties. With high Magnesium levels, it is great for controlling diabetics. The anti-oxidation property also promises to curb the cancerous cells within the body. As it is low in calories, it helps in weight loss. Payar thoran is the tasty dish for me. I like to eat rice with payar thoran and pappadam. Add some naranga achar or mango pickle too, it’s soul food!


  • VanPayar - 2 cups
  • Small Onion -  4 No.
  • Green chilly  - 1 No
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Curry leaves - 2 springs
  • Chilly Powder - ¼ teaspoon
  • Turmeric -  ¼ teaspoon
  • Coconut grated - 1 cup


  • 1Wash and soak VanPayar for 5 to 6 hours or you may soak VanPayar overnight also. Pressure cook vanpayar with 3 cups of water ( to cover the peas) for 8 - 10 whistles. Lower the flame after 2 to 3 minutes. Open the cooker and keep vanpayar aside.
  • 2Heat oil in a non-stick pan, crackle mustards, add chopped onion, slit green chilly, chopped garlic, curry leaves and mix well. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes. Add turmeric powder and chilly powder and sauté for 1 minute on low flame.
  • 3Add the grated coconut(thenga chirandiyathu) and salt and fry for some time. Dry the coconut mixture. Add cooked vanpayar without water. Adjust the salt if required. Saute payaru thoran until its dry. Now the payar thoran is ready and enjoy with hot rice.