Payar Thoran or Mung Bean-Coconut Stir fry
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 People
  • Mung bean- 1 cup
  • Water, to cook mung bean- 2 cups
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Whole dry red chili- 2
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Onion, chopped small- 1, large
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Chili powder- ½ to 1 tsp
  • Grated coconut- 1 cup
  • Salt- to taste
  1. Cook the mung bean along with water and a little salt in a pressure cooker till 2-3 whistles. Remove from heat and let the pressure subside.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, add oil.
  3. Add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  4. Add dry red chilies and curry leaves, saute for a couple of seconds.
  5. Add onions and a couple of pinches of salt. Saute till light golden.
  6. Add turmeric powder and chili powder, combine well.
  7. Add grated coconut, combine well and stir fry for a few minutes.
  8. Add the cooked mung bean, stir fry for a few minutes.
  9. Have a taste and add more salt or chili powder if needed.
  10. Remove from the heat and serve along with puttu.
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