One of my Favourite Side dish with Kanji(rice porridge), this green gram dish is very easy to make and is highly nutritious. This made a regular appearance in my lunch box during school days, and i bet that was the case with many of you.
Recipe for Kerala Cherupayaru thoran
Cherupayar/Green gram/Moong beans - 1 cup
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Garlic - 3-4 cloves
Ginger - a small piece (optional)
Shallots/Kunjulli - 6 (or use 1/4 cup chopped onions instead)
Green chilies - 2
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Crushed peppercorns - 1/2 tsp
Soak Cherupayar/Green gram overnight or at least for 5 hours
In a heavy bottomed vessel ,Cook this with enough water, by adding salt till it is done,
it will take around 20 minutes.(or cook it in pressure cooker if you want, for 2-3 whistles)
In a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder, crushed garlic and Ginger( if using), green chiles and shallots.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.when they pop up add curry leaves and crushed mixture
Fry it for 3-4 minutes and add cooked cherupayar/green gram and turmeric powder
Add grated coconut ,and saute for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.Add more salt if needed
Sprinkle crushed peppercorns and remove from fire
Serve warm..goes well with kanji!!!!