Cherupayar Curry ~ Kerala Moong Dal Curry

I am so eagerly waiting forward to the coming week. You may be thinking, why? πŸ™‚ Because I will be on leave from work for 18 days, starting from Sunday!!! Yay…


Wait a minute! There’s nothing to be excited about as such. First of all, I am going to be here in the hot weather with no travelling at all. Moreover, I am taking this break from work to finish off another work – Rasha’s holiday homework!!! Seriously, I don’t understand why schools call it “holiday homework”. It’s the kids who are on holidays, but the homework is for the parents, most of whom are not on holiday! Since the last month was quite hectic, I didn’t even get time to go through anything with her. My leave also has been pending for ages, so thought, this would be the best time to take it up… Let’s see how the days go. I am trying to squeeze in a couple of extra curricular activities, which I really don’t know whether it would materialise. Keeping my fingers crossed….


Following the puttu post of yesterday, I am posting the curry that we very frequently serve it with especially for our dinners. I love the combination of puttu and this moong dal curry, it just tastes so good. This curry goes very well with rice as well. Off to the recipe now…



Cherupayar Curry/ Moong Dal Curry

Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • 3/4 cup moong dal soaked for 8 hours
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup 150 ml thin coconut milk
  • For tempering:
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 4 shallots sliced
  • 5-6 curry leaves


  • Pressure cook all the ingredients from moong dal to pepper powder, with sufficient water, till well cooked. Ensure that there is not too much of water in the cooker, otherwise the curry will become watery. I cook for one whistle and almost 25 minutes on simmer till done.
  • Once the pressure is all gone, open the lid, add the coconut milk and put the curry on simmer till it boils. Adjust the salt.
  • Heat oil in a little saucepan, splutter the mustard seeds. Saute the shallots till lightly brown and then add the curry leaves. Saute for a minute. Dump the tempering into the curry and mix well.
  • Serve hot with rice, puttu, idiyappam or rice dosas!
  • Notes:
  • The curry tends to thicken as you leave it to cool. Add warm water to loosen it.

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  1. delicious curry perfect with rotis

    1. Thank u so much ramya…

  2. Happy holidays Rafee πŸ™‚ I love this curry but not with puttu.. its with steamed rice that I love it with πŸ™‚

    1. Even I love it with rice, any leftover is always with the next day's lunch! πŸ™‚ thanku so much dear…

  3. hey rafeeda, i was luking for moong daal curry recipe and u posted, will make it soon….also see my blog post

    1. Thank u so much razina..

  4. Wow one of my favorite….looks delicious curry…

    1. Thank u so much hetal…

    1. Thank u so much sangeetha..

  5. Good combo!!!!And I am also in the same boat…Appu's holiday home work……..

    1. Vallathoru boataayi poyi shaai…hehe…thank u!

  6. coconut milk will add more flavor to this curry..

    1. Thank u so much preeti…

    1. Thank u so much jeya…

  7. My kind of curry, nicely infused with spices and its a spot on.

    1. Thank u so much nava…

  8. My favorite dish .. Lovely .. Hope you have a good vacation dear πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much avika… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much neela… πŸ™‚

  9. Puttu payar and pappadam ahha! sandosham ayee :))

    1. Hehe… :))

  10. A very comforting deal…

    1. Thank u so much priya…

  11. Addition of coconut milk is quite new to me πŸ™‚ Super duper like for protein-dish!!!

    1. Thank u so much shruthi… πŸ™‚

  12. Enjoy the break sis,u need it..Comforting moong dal curry, i'll finish it simple with some rice and papads.

    1. Thank u so much akka..

  13. looks super delicious and tempting

    1. Thank u so much divya..

  14. Puttu with cherupayar curry is a great combination. Love it!

    1. Thank u so much sona…

    1. Thank u so much usha…

  15. fav dal curry..i love to have with rice as well as chapathy

    1. Thank u so much suhaina….

    1. Thank u so much shobha…

  16. Dal looks superb ! Enjoy ur holidays and the homework πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much reni… πŸ™‚

  17. Such a healthy it.

    1. Thank u so much savitha…

  18. Very healthy and yummy moong dal curry.

    1. Thank u so much chandrani…

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