Monday, March 26, 2012

Cherupayar / Green Gram Thoran (Stir fry with grated coconut)

Green Gram/ Cherupayar is very nutritious food rich in protein and is very good to include it in the diet of pregnant, breast- feeding moms, kids and sick people. I was down with flu last week and I craved for some kanji and cherupayar thoran. This recipe is also a very easy and quick recipe to make when we are sick and we don't have much energy to cook.


1) Green Gram/ Cherupayar- 1 cup
2) Grated coconut - 3/4-1 cup
3) Shallot - 3-4
4) Garlic - 3 cloves
5) Green chilly -2
6) Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
7) Pepper Powder - 1/2-1 tsp
8) Red chilly (optional)
9) Salt
10) Mustard seeds
11) Oil

  • Soak Green gram / cherupayar in water overnight or 3-4 hours.
  • Pressure cook Green gram / Cherupayar with enough water (water covering green gram) for 3-4 whistles. 
  • Grind gently Grated coconut, Garlic, Shallot, Green chilly, Turmeric powder.
  • Add it to cooked green gram. Add salt. Cover it and cook for 1 min. 
  • Remover the cover and mix well.
  • Heat oil in large pan and add mustard seeds.
  • When it starts spluttering, add curry leaves and red chilly.Saute.
  • Add Green gram, Pepper powder and adjust the salt. Mix well.
  • Cook for 2-3 min , stir ring occasionally. Remove from flame. 


  1. I am a north Indian but I love kerala food.. I tried this recipe today and it came out great.. easy and tasty

  2. Thank you for letting me know. My favorite combo with this is Rice (With the starch water we use to cook rice), Pappadom , Pickle. I also made this yesterday since it was ash Wednesday for us.


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