Vazhakka Cherupayar thoran / Cherupayar Kaya thoran

Vazhakka Cherupayar thoran is another healthy combination thoran, that is highly nutritious with vitamins, minerals, fibers and proteins. Green Banana and Mung Dal thoran/ Cherupayar Vazhakka thoran is a great side dish with rice. My mom, (as I have mentioned before, she is an expert in combining vegetables to make thoran) is here with me and I am heartily enjoying all her variety thoran dishes. Now a days, it is bustling time in my kitchen and all love, joy and laughter is swarming my home since her arrival. There is nothing like Mother’s love and I am celebrating these precious moments.

These past two weeks, I was busy relishing all my mom’s delicacies and had no time to post new recipes. When she suggested to make Vazhakka Cherupayar thoran, I thought I’d share the recipe with you all. You will definitely love this wonderful cherupayar dish, like my other cherupayar combinations – Vazhachund Cherupayar thoran, Cabbage Cherupayar thoran, Mulappicha payar thoran, Cherupayar ularthiyathu etc. All Payar dishes/ Lentils are family favourites like Vanpayar thoran, Olan, koottu Erissery, Churakka Erissery, Vanpayar Ularthiyathu, Padavalanga Parippu curry etc. If you like Vazhakka/ Kaya/ Green Banana dishes, check Vanpayar Kaya thoran, Achingapayar Kaya Mezhukkupuratti, Kaya Ularthiyathu, Beef Kaya ularthiyathu etc. Mixed thorans always have double nutrition and tastes great too. Check out combinations like Carrot Beans thoran, Cabbage Cherupayar thoran, Padavalanga Carrot thoran, Beetroot Carrot Thoran.and also Beans thoran, Kappa Ularthiyathu, Peechinga thoran etc.

Healthy for you: 

Mung Dal/ Lentils/ Cherupayar is super nutritious to include in your diet because, it contains healthy nutrients, folate, essential minerals and vitamins. Rich in fiber, it aids in digestion and lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, apart from its anti-oxidant properties. Vazhakka/ Green Banana/ Kaya is rich in Pottassium, vitamins and dietary fibers which are great for diabetic patients. The combination of these two super foods makes this Vazhakka Cherupayar thoran more beneficial. This is a simple yet tasty dish with few ingredients. Hope you will enjoy this tasty and nutritious Vazhakka Cherupayar thoran, a variety side dish to serve with rice.

Ingredients for Vazhakka Cherupayar thoran:

Vazhakka/ Kaya/ Raw Banana

: 2 nos

Cherupayar/ Mung Dal

: ½ cup – ¾ cup (cooked)

Small Onion/ shallots

: 4 nos.

Green chilly

: 2 nos.


: 2 cloves

Coconut scraped

: ½ cup

Turmeric Powder

: ½ tsp

Curry leaves

: 3 sprigs.


: ½ tsp

Red chilies

: 2 nos.


Soak the Cherupayar for 5 hours or more. Cook in the pressure cooker with enough water till soft, add salt to taste and keep aside. Peel the Banana skin and cut into small squares and cook immediately with enough water and salt.

Vazhakka Cherupayar Thoran

Grind the coconut, onions, garlic, green chilies and turmeric powder coarsely.  Once the Banana is cooked, add the cooked Cherupayar, followed by coarsely ground Coconut mix. Cover and cook for few minutes together. Combine well, adjust the salt and keep aside.

Vazhakka Cherupayar Thoran Vazhakka Cherupayar Thoran

In a small pan, heat coconut oil and crackle mustards. Add curry leaves and dry red chilies. Garnish Vazhakka Cherupayar thoran with this. Serve warm with rice. Enjoy!


  • Soak CheruPayar for 5 hours or more before cooking.
  • Coconut should be coarsely ground. You can add curry leaves also while grinding coconut.
  • After cutting Banana keep it soaked in water to avoid darkening of skin.
  • Cook Banana in just enough water (enough to cover), till soft.
  • Green, unripe Banana should be used for preparing this.
  • Garlic aids in digestion and makes the thoran tastier.

Include this Vazhakka Cherupayar thoran in your menu for a healthy life. Hope you will try this recipe. Let me know if you like it or share with your friends using the buttons on the side. God Bless!

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