Vanpayar Curry

A Kerala style side dish made with cowpeas


  • 250 grams Cowpeas
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 Tomato
  • 1 tablespoon Chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • Water as required
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut oil as required
  • Few Curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 3 Shallots, sliced


  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and sauté onions till translucent.
  2. Add ginger-garlic paste, chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Stir well.
  3. Add tomato and sauté till the tomato is mushy.
  4. Add cowpeas, salt and saute for a minute.
  5. Pressure cook for about 4-5 whistles.
  6. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add shallot, few curry leaves and sauté. Add this seasoning to the curry.
  7. Serve Vanpayar curry with rice.

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