Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Thatta payir Kuzhambu (Black eyed beans gravy)

This is a typical South Indian dish. I got this recipe from a blog called Tamil recipes and made some modifications according to my taste and it turned out to be a hit.

Black eyed beans- 3/4 cup
Tomatoes- 2
tamarind- small lemon sized ball
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
salt to taste

To grind:
coconut- 4 tsp
Split chick peas (Dalia)- 1 tsp
sambar powder- 1 tsp
red chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
whole black pepper- 1/4 tsp
corriander seeds- 1 tsp
cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Tomato- 1/2 of medium sized
curry leaves- 1 string
Grind the above ingredients to a smooth paste with 1/2 cup of water.

oil- 2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tsp
asafoetida- a pinch

Soak the black eyed beans overnite or you could soak it in hot water for 3 hours. Soak the tamarind in 1 cup of warm water for 10 mins and make a thick extract. Boil the beans with turmeric, chopped tomatoes and turmeric powder. Heat the oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. When the mustard crack add a pinch of asafoetida and curry leaves. Add the ground paste and saute it for 5 mins Add the tamarind extract, the cooked beans, salt and a cup of water and allow them to cook for  10 -15 mins on medium flame. Serve hot with rice.

Nutritional facts:  Black eyed beans are rich source of soluble fibres, magnesium, iron, folate and proteins.


  1. This looks healthy and delicious curry....

  2. Hi, first time here.
    The curry looks very nice, I've never tried adding tamarind and pepper in this bean, wld love to try.


  3. Lovely beans curry..Quite flavorful !

  4. Healthy and lovely recipe...First time here...Glad to follow your lovely space...


  5. Lovely Karamani Kuzhambu, appetizing one.

  6. totally love lobia, one of my fav..i make it all the time but love the south indian touch in your recipe..


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