Papaya – Vanpayar / Red Beans Curry


1/2 cup vanpayar / red beans
1 cup raw papaya, peeled and chopped into small cubes
2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 cup grated coconut
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 dry red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
4 shallots, sliced
salt to taste
1 tbsp oil


  1. Soak the vanpayar in water for 5-6 hours or overnight.
  2. In a pressure cooker, add the vanpayar and cook it adding 1 1/2 cups of water and for 2 whistles.
  3. Grind the grated coconut adding cumin seeds and little water to a smooth paste and keep it aside.
  4. Open the cooker and add the papaya, turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt and little water and cook for 1 whistle.
  5. Add the ground coconut paste, mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes over medium-low flame. Adjust the salt and switch off the flame.
  6. Heat oil in a small pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add curry leaves, dry red chillies and shallots and fry until the shallots turns brown.
  7. Pour this over the curry and mix well. Serve with rice..

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