VanPayar Ularthiyathu (Red Cow Peas)

VanPayar Ularthiyathu is a slightly modified version of the classic Kerala style Vanpayar Ularthiyathu. It is a popular dish in Kerala served with rice and Kanji, and a favourite item in my home. We are all great fans of these legumes, be it VanPayar or CheruPayar and enjoy all preparations like Sprouts Thoran, Olan, Churakka Vanpayar Erissery, Vanpayar Kaya Puzhukku, Vazhakka Cherupayar thoranVazhakoombu Cherupayar thoranCherupayar Ularthiyathu, Vanpayar Thoran, Vanpayar Ularthiyathu, Olan, Erissery etc.

It is quite simple to prepare and tastes wonderful. This is a slightly modified version and you will love the flavors! My mom used to crush the small onions, garlic and red chilies with a pestle and roasted VanPayar in that ground mix. But Mummy (my mil) provided some twist to the recipe by adding coconut strips and Garam Masala. It transformed the whole dish; you will agree with me after tasting! This is our favourite dish during lent season, and helps us to balance our protein consumption.

You might also like my Kaya ularthiyathu, Vendakka Mezhukkupuratti, Chena Mezhukkupuratti, Achinga Kaya Mezhukkupuratti, Koorkka Mezhukkupuratti, Papaya Pulissery, Kumbalanga Moru curry, Manga Pulissery and my mixed thorans. All these are good combinations with Vanpayar. Red Cow peas/ Van Payar has amazing health benefits too. If you would like to know more about the health benefits of Van Payar, check my Vanpayar Thoran. Enjoy this tasty Vanpayar Ularthiyathu with rice and some simple kachimoru for lunch!


VanPayar/ Red Cow Peas: 1 ½ cup
Water: as required
Mustard: little
Red chili: 1 no.
Onion: 1 no. (medium)
Garlic: 3 cloves
Curry Leaves: few
Red Chili Powder: ½  tsp
Turmeric Powder: ½ tsp
Pepper Powder: ½ tsp
Crushed red Chili: ½ tsp
Garam Masala: ¼ tsp


Wash and soak VanPayar/ Red Cow Peas in water for around 5 hours. Cook in a pressure cooker with enough water to cover the peas. Keep aside. Heat coconut oil in a pan and put mustard. When it pops, add curry leaves and red chili. Add the chopped onion and garlic and sauté till limp.

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Now, add turmeric, Pepper, crushed chili powder, Garam Masala and chili powder. Fry for few seconds and add the cooked Van Payar.  Sprinkle little salt and fry for some time.

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Cover and cook for another minute on low flame. Serve and enjoy with rice.


  • Coconut oil should be used for great flavors.
  • The garlic adds more flavors and reduces bloating.
  • You may also substitute small onions/ Shallots instead of Onion.
  • Soaking helps to make the Van Payar soft.
  • Please don’t add salt while cooking. Add salt only towards the end.
  • Check how to make Homemade Garam Masala link.
  • You may add/ fry Coconut strips before adding onions to provide more zest!

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