Ingredients For Payar Curry
Cherupayar/Whole Moong dal:
Ingredients(Serves 2 -3):
Whole moong dal — 1 cup
Green chillies — 2 – 3
Turmeric powder — ¼ tsp
Coconut milk — ½ cup
Pepper powder — ½ tsp
Curry leaves — 2 stems
Mustard seeds — ½ tsp
Red chillies — 2
Oil — 2 tsp / as required for tadka
Salt — to taste
Preparation of Payar Curry:Soak the moong dal in water for 1 – 2 hours.This is purely optional. This helps to reduce the number of whistles from the pressure cooker.
In a pressure cooker, add the moong dal, slit green chillies, turmeric powder and water. Cook until done. It takes 2 to 3 whistles for my pressure cooker.
Open the cooker when all the pressure is released.Keep it on a medium flame. If there is no water left in the cooker, add half a cup of water. Add the coconut milk and salt. Let it come to a boil. Add pepper powder and curry leaves and switch off the flame.
Heat oil in another pan. Splutter the mustard seeds and green chillies. Pour it over the prepared moongdal curry.
Serve hot with puttu and pappadam.