Vanpayar Thakkali Curry / Red Beans – Tomato Curry


1/2 cup vanpayar/ red beans
1- 1 1/4 cup grated coconut
3 green chillies
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
1 big tomato, chopped
salt to taste
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
3 shallots, sliced
2 dry red chillies
2 sprig curry leaves
2 tbsp oil


  1. Soak the vanpayar in water for 1 hour. Then cook it adding 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and salt adding enough water for 2 whistles.
  2. Grind grated coconut and green chillies together to a smooth paste adding little water and keep it aside.
  3. Heat 1- 1 1/2 tbsp oil in a pan and add chopped onion, curry leaves and little salt and saute well till transparent.
  4. Add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and kashmiri chilli powder and mix well for a minute.
  5. Add chopped tomato and saute till cooked.
  6. Then add the ground coconut paste and mix well for 3 minutes till the raw smell goes.
  7. Add cooked vanpayar along with the gravy, mix well and heat well for 5 minutes. Adjust the salt and spice level.
  8. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add sliced shallots and fry. Add dry red chillies and curry leaves.
  9. Pour this over the curry and mix well… Serve hot…

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