Friday, July 26, 2013

Green Gram Curry or Payaru Curry

Hello friends, How are you all?  It has been a week and more since I posted any new recipes. Life has been too hectic for me since last week. My daily routine was turned upside down and am still trying to settle down properly. Sigh! Involvement in too many activities make me feel like 24 hrs is not enough for me :( But thank you very much, I am enjoying thoroughly and doing good. Its just that I need to find sometime for myself, sit quietly, check on my priorities, rearrange them and settle down to a new routine. 
Its already Friday afternoon and I am not sure how time flew this week. Kitchen floor and fridge needs cleaning and I have been purposefully ignoring them just to avoid cleaning the whole week... How ever its friday and I really need to clean up before hubby comes from office. Actually thinking of it, most Fridays are my cleaning days. How about you guys? Have you kept aside any special day in a week for cleaning ? Previously when I was working, used to await week ends with great enthusiasm. Fridays used to be casual wear days at office. Longer breaks from work on Fridays, going home early or ordering pizza to office and sleeping late through Saturday - Sundays and experiencing Monday morning blues :) Now I do detest week ends as my hubby turns on his cleaning freak syndrome on week ends !!! Ha !! So I try to do my part in cleaning the house as much as possible on Fridays. And on week ends? I sit on my bed/ sofa sipping green tea or juice, munching on some delicacy, reading my favorite book and watching my hubby run around the whole house :)  
Today we have a moody gloomy climate here and I feel like resorting to a microwave chocolate cake for cheering up. But instead decided to prepare one of my comforting food - Payaru Curry or Green gram curry, a delicious gravy that go with both Rice and Rotis. 

As you know, Green Grams are very nutritious to health.  Just to list out a few benefits... Green gram is a very good source of low fat protein. Has high fiber content and is easily digestible. I love most green gram based dishes. My mom prepares Green Gram Thoran (Payaru Thoran) very frequently at home. In fact when I am sick, the only dish that I enjoy eating is green gram thoran or Payaru Thoran. I am yet to post its recipe and will try to do so soon. These days we enjoy green gram curry along with our Rotis or Rice. Very easy to prepare and tastes delicious. The recipe is as follows. Do try it out :)

Green Gram Curry:

Time: 30 min

Ingredients: (for 2 people)

1/2 cup Green Gram
1 medium sized onion
1 Tomato
1 Tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/4 Tbsp Turmeric
1/2 - 3/4 Tbsp Chilly Powder
1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
1 Tbsp Mustard seeds
1 Tbsp Oil
3-4 Curry Leaves
Water as required
Few Coriander Leaves for garnishing


Step 1: Wash green gram thoroughly by changing water 2 - 3 times. Pressure cook after adding salt for 4 whistles.
Step 2: Cut onion and tomato into cubes. 

Method of Preparing:  

Step 1:

Heat oil in a pan and when the oil becomes hot, add mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add onions and curry leaves. Saute till they are light brown.

Step 2: 

Lower the flame and add turmeric, chilly and coriander powder. Mix well. Increase the flame to medium or slightly high. Saute for 3 - 4 min or till the oil starts coming up. 

Note: For 1 Tbsp oil, you can barely make out or see any oil oozing out. 

Step 3:

Now add the diced tomatoes. Saute till they are mushy and nicely mixed with the spices. Takes around 5 min. 

Step 4:

Now add the pressure cooked dal, salt and water.  Mix well. Cover and cook for 10 - 15 min when the gravy reaches desired consistency. Switch off and garnish with coriander leaves. 

For Best results,  serve hot with Rotis :)  

My comfort food Green gram curry and my comforting world of Wodehouse :)

Sending to 61st edition of The Well Seasoned Cook Susan's MLLA event hosted by Aparna of My diverse Kitchen. MLLA is now taken over by Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen.


  1. payaru curry looks delicious. My favorite.

  2. I make something quite similar and its great with either raice or rotis.
    Thanks for participating in this month's MLLA.

  3. Easy to prepare . Thank U for recipie will try it today


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