Red cow peas ( red cow beans) coconut chilli stir fry ( Vanpayar Thoran )

Red cow peas / red cow beans coconut-chilli stir fry Red cow peas / red cow beans coconut-chilli stir fry
  • Yield : 250 gms
  • Servings : 3
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 35m

Red cow peas / red cow beans coconut-chilli stir fry ( Vanpayar Thoran ) is one of the favorite vegetarian side dish for people of Kerala. (Kerala is a south Indian state). At least once in a week
different Peas or beans are cooked at our homes.

Red cow peas / red cow beans (Vanpayar) are rich in fiber, proteins, vitamins and minerals. I have read in – Nutritional Value of Cowpea and Pigeon Pea Cow pea tones the spleen, stomach and pancreas; it helps induce urination and relieves damp conditions like leucorrhea.


  • 250 grams Red cow peas - Vanpayar
  • For seasoning:
  • 1/4 tbsp Mustard seeds
  • 10 Finely chopped Shallots
  • 1/4 cup Fresh grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp Red Chilli powder
  • 2 Dry Red chilli
  • 10 Curry leaves
  • 3 tbsp Coconut oil
  • Salt to 1/4 cup Fresh grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp Red Chilli powder
  • 2 Dry Red Chilli
  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Soak the Red cow peas / beans (Vanpayar) in water fortnight so that the beans cook well and fast.

Step 2

Cook the beans in water with salt to taste in a pressure cooker.

Step 3

Season by heating oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds.

Step 4

Then sauté shallots until golden brown and then add dry red chilli.

Step 5

Once the chilli turns dark red add grated coconut and fry for 1 minute.

Step 6

Add red chilli powder and curry leaves and sauté for 1/2 minute.

Step 7

Drain water from the cooked beans and add to the seasoning pan. Mix the beans well with seasoning. Red cow peas / red cow beans coconut-chilli Stir Fry (Vanpayar Thoran) is ready to serve with steamed rice powder recipe called Puttu, variety of breads and steamed rice.

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